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Burnaby Lake 2020-03-23 informal trip report

Burnaby Lake 2020-03-23 informal trip report

The following was not a Nature Vancouver field trip. Four of us went today to the trail North of Burnaby Lake and a bit down the Brunette River and back. From 9:30 to 2pm we walked along easy trails and saw many birds and flowers. We met about 60 people, all small groups and well spaced out. Within our group we were generally successful at maintaining 2m social distancing, with occasional brief lapses to 1m, usually when reading info. signs….

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Hayward Lake 2020-03-21 informal trip report

Hayward Lake 2020-03-21 informal trip report

On Saturday March 21 2020, five of us met for a lovely hike along Reservoir Trail on the East side of Hayward lake – note that this was not done under the Nature Vancouver organization but a group of friends. We drove up two per car and hiked South, from the parking lot 1200m east of the dam along Dewdney Trunk Rd, as described in Events calendar. The statistics are 15km in 6h30m, with cumulative ascent 290m. Maintaining “social distancing”…

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Birding at Iona Island Regional Park, Richmond

Birding at Iona Island Regional Park, Richmond

Trip report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 22, 2020, a dozen participants showed trust in the “weather man” and met at the parking lot in front of the washrooms at 9 AM. The forecast was correct and the rain had stopped. Two swallows foraging low over the outer pond were the Barn variety and not the expected Tree Swallow. Waterfowl were on the move and a flock of Lesser Scaup and a couple of female Bufflehead was present and a dozen Great Blue Heron roosting in the…

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Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip Report by Leader, Thomas Plath On February 6, 2020, three participants enjoyed a pleasant walk around this nature park despite the light rain. A flock of American Goldfinches feeding in a birch was examined for redpolls even though it is a poor year for this northern visitor. A singing Bewick’s Wren was in plain view as were a few male Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on bushes showing their gorget well. The managed fields were flooded yielding a good mixed flock…

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Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Trip Report by Leader: Thomas Plath On 1 February 2020, once again the weather co-operated somewhat and although it was windy there was no rain. Seven people showed up to see what Reifel had to offer this morning. As is often the case Reifel gave us a few quality sightings. We were surprised by an immature Barn Swallow foraging at Fuller’s slough. All the regular dabbling ducks were present in the house pond and a group of Trumpeter Swans fed in the Alaksen fields….

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Birding at Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Birding at Terra Nova Nature Reserve, Richmond

Trip report by Leader: Thomas Plath On January 23, 2020, a forecast of more rain kept participants away and only two people showed up for this mid-week walk. Despite the rain we were rewarded with great views of an adult Coyote along the border with the golf course, several close views of single Golden-crowned Kinglets and a perched male Varied Thrush, rather scarce at this park.

New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk

Twenty two members and two guests participated in this walk to start the new year. We started at Garry Point Park, at the South West corner of Richmond, and walked first around the park and then along Richmond West Dyke to Williams Road and back to Steveston for lunch at Shady Island Sea Food and Bar. After a couple of days of torrential rain, first day of 2020 turned out be sunny and mild. Due to a high tide most…

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Hayward Lake 🌿 2019-11-16 Trip Report —

Hayward Lake 🌿 2019-11-16 Trip Report —

3 cheerful hikers braved a drizzle for a lovely 16km walk through beautiful second-growth forest along Hayward Reservoir Trail, East of Mission. Hairsine Inlet floating bridge is still closed. A well-maintained easy trail with cumulative ascent of 385m, including 30m for the fantastic Steelhead Falls viewpoint. We saw many mushrooms, and loved the scent of well-named Vanilla Leaf. I would like to thank the Norwegian Weather Service for correctly predicting hourly rainfall of half millimetre per hour yr.no . Photos…

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A Walk in Bear Habitat

A Walk in Bear Habitat

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Thursday, August 1st., 2019, seventeen persons participated in this joint event for Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society (www.northshorebears.com). Two habitats were selected for this event. One was in the coniferous forest of Lynn Canyon Park where bears had been foraging for insects in logs, and the other was in the adjacent Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve beneath Hydro lines where berry bushes and mountain ash had grown up to supply the…

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A Stroll Through Vancouver’s Geological History

A Stroll Through Vancouver’s Geological History

Trip Report by Leader David Cook On Sunday, 11 August, 2019,  seventeen persons participated in a joint event for Nature Vancouver and the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Association of Canada (http://www.gac-cs.ca). (A detailed guide titled, Self-guiding Geology Tour of Stanley Park is available HERE.)  Some of the highlights were:  A large glacial erratic on the beach at Third Beach A dyke that can be seen at low tide The tilted bedding of the sandstones due to the rising of the North Shore mountains….

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