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Indian Arm Boat Tour

Indian Arm Boat Tour

Trip organized by Bengül Kurtar Trip report by Deborah Simpson and Angela Bond On July 6, our group of 40 nature lovers boarded the Ocean Watch II for a tour of Indian Arm, a glacial fjord that extends 20 km north of Burrard Inlet. We set off just past high tide in calm waters; the cloudy and misty weather was positively framed by Captain Mitch as an “authentic west coast experience”. Mitch explained that Indian Arm is the traditional territory…

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Stanley Park Intertidal Exploration

Stanley Park Intertidal Exploration

Photos and trip report by Sheila Byers Ecosystems change with time whether it be seasonally or over a period of years. A visit to the rocky intertidal zone off Figurehead Point in Stanley Park on Sunday, June 16, 2019 is a good example of changes to inhabitants within this community and this is my perspective on what’s happening. It was Father’s Day and a Dad and his daughter joined us on our beach exploration on the sandy and rocky intertidal…

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Lighthouse Park – Botany Walk

Lighthouse Park – Botany Walk

A joint event with Lighthouse Park Preservation Society Trip Report by Leader, David Cook On June 25, 2019, nineteen participants strolled along the trails of Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver. In the most pristine low elevation old-growth forest on the North Shore, we had an easily accessible opportunity to view this type of forest.  While the main theme of the day was old-growth ecology and the characteristics of an old-growth forest, subthemes were plant dispersal, fire history and the valiant attempts of…

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Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats – Botany Walk

Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats – Botany Walk

A joint event with Wild Bird Trust Trip Report by Leader, David Cook on June 22, 2019, nineteen participants walked the trails of this ecologically rehabilitated industrial site. We observed the amazing diversity of both native and non-native species. These species have been planted there or grown naturally from soils brought mainly from West End development sites of the City of Vancouver.  In 1992, Vancouver Port Authority, who are the owners of the area, agreed to lease the flats to Environment…

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Brohm Lake Wildflowers and Views 2019-06-07 – Trip Report

Brohm Lake Wildflowers and Views 2019-06-07 – Trip Report

On Friday June 7th, ten NV members and two guests spent a delightful 8 hours botanising during an 11 km hike around the Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest.  Our route included a mix of steep climbs (Powerline Ridge, Tantalus Viewpoint, and Cheakamus Loop trails) and gentler strolls through beautiful mixed conifer-deciduous forest around the lake. The weather was better than expected, a pleasant temperature with lots of sunshine and some clouds, but no rain except on the drive up.  We enjoyed…

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Old-Growth Forest Ecology along Baden Powell Trail

Old-Growth Forest Ecology along Baden Powell Trail

Trip report by David Cook On 9 June, 2019, fifteen members of Friends of Cypress Prov. Park Society and Nature Vancouver, participated in this interpretive walk along the Baden Powell Trail, east of the Cypress Provincial Park downhill ski area. The focus was to note the characteristics of an old-growth forest and talk about the plant species that make up this old-growth ecosystem. The area is particularly interesting because it is the transition zone between the western hemlock and mountain…

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Centennial Beach Intertidal Exploration – Boundary Bay Regional Park

Centennial Beach Intertidal Exploration – Boundary Bay Regional Park

Photos and Trip Report by Sheila Byers A small but keen group of explorers joined me on Thursday, June 6, 2019 to walk the two kilometre distance to the subtidal eelgrass meadows at Centennial Beach. Round trip for the exploration was close to 5 km; an indication of the very low Spring tide at 0.5 m elevation. It was a cool, breezy day but luckily no rain.  We found most of the “usual suspects” that inhabit the sandy mudflats, including…

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Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre

Tour of Vancouver Transit Centre

Trip Report by Cathy Walker On 14 May, 2019, our visit to the Vancouver Transit Centre was extremely interesting.  I had no idea how the electric trolley system worked.  It was fascinating getting the explanation from our superb tour leader, Elena Klein, on how the driver has to be flowing and precise in going through overhead wire junctions at exactly the right speed, with all of the correct movements of wires, pedals and levers.  Elena described it like dancing, and…

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Pink Fawn Lily Tour of Lake Cowichan and Duncan

Pink Fawn Lily Tour of Lake Cowichan and Duncan

Trip report by Teresa Gagné & Denis Laplante On 24 April 2019, Twenty four members of Nature Vancouver boarded a bus at the Duke Point ferry terminal for a day trip to view wild flowers, led by Teresa Gagné & Denis Laplante, and guided by local naturalists and wardens Genevieve Singleton and David Polster.  We visited Honeymoon Bay Pink Fawn Lily Ecological Reserve, then Somenos Gary Oak Protected Area, and St Peter Quamichan church yard. After a quick lunch stop…

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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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