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Hollyburn Peak

Hollyburn Peak

A joint trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park – Aug 30, 2019 Trip Report by leader Lyn Grants Twelve participants were not daunted by the mist and light rain and, of course, all made it to the peak-alas to curtains of mist which completely obscured the views.  Many whiskey jacks (Canada Jays) flew in immediately to join and entertain us. Entertained as we were, we were also alarmed to learn that their food caches are not “refrigerated” as they…

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Shorebirding at Boundary Bay August 27th

Shorebirding at Boundary Bay August 27th

Unseasonable warm weather and a lingering high pressure system likely resulted in a paucity of migrating shorebirds. A walk to the 112th Street pump station from the foot of 104th during the rising tide did not produce the masses of shorebirds expected. At 112th Street were 1,000’s of dabbling ducks mainly Northern Pintail with smaller numbers of Mallard, Green-winged Teal and American Wigeon. At the tip were four Caspian Terns roosting with 20+ Ring-billed Gulls. Shorebirds were limited to four…

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Reifel Refuge Birding Field Trip Report Aug 24th

Reifel Refuge Birding Field Trip Report Aug 24th

The eight participants that showed up on Saturday afternoon were rewarded with a couple of rarities lingering at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Robertson slough along the entrance road hosted a Great Egret a rare visitor to the Delta. Shorebirding was good with three Stilt Sandpipers in amongst the dozens of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and both dowitchers at the “house pond”. The former species is an annual but scarce visitor in late August /early September. An obliging dark Great Horned Owl…

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Langdale Falls 🌿 2019-08-11 – Trip Report

Langdale Falls 🌿 2019-08-11 – Trip Report

Four Nature Vancouver members walked on the 9:55 ferry to Langdale and had a lovely hike around Langdale Falls and Sidewinder trail. The drizzle stopped around 1pm – the damp weather made for shiny leaves and especially vibrant colours .  The woods are varied and beautiful, the abundance and variety of beautiful, colourful large mushroom was an unexpected bonus for an August trip, and we’ve never seen so many Indian Pipe! We opted to do the route in a clockwise…

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Yew Lake / Bowen Lookout Discovery Walk – 5 August 2019

Yew Lake / Bowen Lookout Discovery Walk – 5 August 2019

Joint Trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park  Trip Report by Jane Srivastava On a sunny, hot BC Day, Gail Ross, former Park Ranger, led ten curious walkers, ranging in age from their 3rd decade to their 9th (and including a special visitor from Laos)  on a leisurely walk / hike through this beautiful area.  We were introduced to giant, ancient trees and miniscule sundew, fringed grass of Parnassus and  green bog orchid in the meadows, coral root in the old…

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A Tour Through Black Bear Country – 1 August 2019

A Tour Through Black Bear Country – 1 August 2019

A joint field trip with the North Shore Black Bear Society Trip Report by Leader David Cook Seventeen members walked in a section of forest in Lynn Canyon Park where bears have been foraging for insects in rotten logs. We also looked at a den, possibly of coyotes. We left the forest and crossed Lillooet Road into the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and walked the Richard Juren trail beneath Hydro lines where there were good crops of fruit-bearing plants and…

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Geology of Caulfeild Park and the coastline of Burrard Inlet -30 July 2019

Geology of Caulfeild Park and the coastline of Burrard Inlet -30 July 2019

Trip Report by Leader David Cook Sixteen members attended this walkabout of the rocky bluffs of Caulfeild Park, West Vancouver. It was a joint event for Nature Vancouver and the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society. The weather was perfect which allowed easy walking over the smoothed rocky bluffs which would have been slippery if it had been raining. This location shows us a beautiful example of an intrusion breccia and illustrates, frozen in time, how the granitoid rocks of the North…

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Black Mountain – Eagle Bluff Hike – July 20, 2019

Black Mountain – Eagle Bluff Hike – July 20, 2019

Trip Report by Leader Anne Leathem There were eight eager hikers who climbed Black Mountain to view the Lions and the Vancouver skyline on a gorgeous sunny day. We hiked across the plateau in the cool trees enjoying the slight breeze. We stopped for photos and to admire the white rhododendron and copperbush flowers. We had an avid botanist and a dedicated photographer recording flora and fungi. The Chipmunks and Ravens entertained us on the Bluff and a Raven managed to…

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Blue Gentian Lake Hike – May 8, 2019

Blue Gentian Lake Hike – May 8, 2019

Leader Lynn Grant. Trip report by Laura Cottle It was a misty, nine am start for our hike to Blue Gentian Lake and the clouds that covered Cypress suggested that we could expect more than mist on our hike. But the weather though damp was mild on our hike – a good temperature for exploring! We rendezvoused at the corner of Millstream Road and Eyremont Drive in West Vancouver. We were nine of us: Lynn plus Marion, Bengul, Azarm, Kate,…

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Yew Lake Area – Botany Walk with Friends Of Cypress Provincial Park

Yew Lake Area – Botany Walk with Friends Of Cypress Provincial Park

Leaders: Eva Nagy and Anne George Trip report by Eva Nagy On 13th July 2019, we arrived at Cypress Bowl at 10 am to find a large crowd of hikers. On this popular day, the ski area management decided to do some earth moving job to repair the ski slopes. A huge pile of dirt occupied a large part of the parking lot. Some driving lanes were set aside for the earthmoving equipment, thereby cutting down considerably on the parking spaces available closer to the trailhead….

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