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Birds & Wildflowers of Horth Hill Park

Birds & Wildflowers of Horth Hill Park

On 31 March 2019, seventeen members and four guests participated in the annual trip to Horth Hill Park, an easy walk from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. It was a clear and warm spring day. It was a beautiful ferry ride. In Active Pass, we saw about two hundred Bonaparte’s Gulls, no way near the numbers reported only a few days ago. Just outside the Ferry Terminal Parking area we were greeted by a very robust Red-flowering Currant in full bloom,…

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Birding Trip to Reifel MBS

Birding Trip to Reifel MBS

Leader: John Chandler – Report: Neill Vanhinsberg On March 30th, 2019, about thirty persons participated in this bird walk. The day was sunny and getting warmer. Some of the participants had seen this walk posted on Nature Vancouver Meetup Group, so it was great to see quite a few new faces. We started with a look at the ducks by the entrance pond after John’s brief chat about the sanctuary and its founder. The group headed off and at the…

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Nature Walk along Burnaby Lake and Brunette River

Nature Walk along Burnaby Lake and Brunette River

Nine members and two guests participated in this walk on St. Patrick’s Day. Some of us met at the Sperling SkTrain Station and walked over to Bill Copeland Sports Arena to meet the rest of the group. We started our walk along the North shore of the lake and had to be careful not to block the path of the runners and joggers, some of them dressed in all sorts of green outfits and funky hats. The cold weather in…

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Pacific Spirit Park Nature Hike

Pacific Spirit Park Nature Hike

9 March 2019 – Leaders: Bev & Bill Ramey. Trip Report by Tom Lane It was a beautiful crisp morning that greeted us for the beginning of our nature hike in Pacific Spirit Park. Being my first nature walk here in Vancouver I was thrilled to have been invited and was looking forward to delving deeper into the flora and fauna of the park.  Being a bit of a ‘nature novice’, I was delighted to in the very capable hands…

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Streamkeepers Walk at Lynn Creek

Streamkeepers Walk at Lynn Creek

Trip report by Anne Leathem If we were salmon returning to Lynn Creek to spawn … what would we hope for? Wouldn’t it be nice to have sheltered pools behind large stumps and trees where we can rest as we fight our way against the current, and some climbable ladders to get around new obstacles up stream to our own spawning areas, some gravel beds in quiet water where we can clear a redd in which to lay our eggs,…

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Family Day on Bowen

Family Day on Bowen

On BC Family Day, 18 February, 2019, Teresa and Denis led a 5 hour walk on Bowen Island, joined by 5 others ranging in ages 6 to 60ish. We enjoyed a bright day with thin clouds, about zero celsius with no wind or precipitation. Kids set the pace and tone – great energy and low average speed. We stopped often to admire bark, lichens, moss, ice. We saw many birds: Double-crested Cormorant (in Horseshoe Bay), Tree Creeper, Kingfisher, Herons in…

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Birding Jericho Park

Birding Jericho Park

Leader Al Grass. Trip Report and Photos by Devon Yu. About eight member participated in this outing on Saturday, 16 February, 2019. Al Grass filled in as the group leader for Adrian Grant Duff. It was cloudy with sunny breaks, the ground was covered with snow, and very slippery. The highlight of the day was the great horned owl, the calls of the crows leading us to find the owl. We tallied about 20 species including great horned owl, bald eagle,…

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Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Photos and trip report by Harvey Dueck Michelle and I weren’t clever enough to check the website, and so it wasn’t until we arrived at the starting point on the morning of Saturday February 9th that we discovered trip leader, Kelly Sekhon, had cancelled the trip due to the expected foul weather. We decided to go out anyway, at least as far as Terra Nova to look for the Sora that so many people have reported recently. The weather was…

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Snow Shoe Hike in Cypress Provincial Park

Snow Shoe Hike in Cypress Provincial Park

Leaders Anne Leathem and Bill Kinkaid. Trip report by Jane Srivastava On January 26, 2019, eleven persons participated in this snowshoe trip jointly organized by Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park. Carpools were arranged at Park Royal and we assembled a second time at Black Mountain Lodge. Some, as the trail was well packed and not mushy, left their snowshoes in the cars and donned a variety of crampons, others, electing to be ready for any terrain, strapped on their…

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PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

This 3-hour, 5.7 km birding field trip with leader Larry Cowan, started in Port Coquitlam on the Pitt River dyke, just north of the Lougheed Highway, at the east end of Nicola Place. We then walked north on the dyke, then west along DeBoville Slough (in Coquitlam). 27 birders braved some rain showers along the way and were rewarded with 30 species. The full eBird report is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51835048 One highlight was a female Evening Grosbeak and Janice White luckily…

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