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Admiralty Point 2020-04-11 – informal trip report

Admiralty Point 2020-04-11 – informal trip report

Five of us old friends drove early to Belcarra Picnic Area parking (9am is early, isn’t it?) to beat the rush on this sunny Saturday; we met 4 people on the trail, making distancing easy. When we got back at 1:30 the parking lot was pretty full, and we skipped out plan to go up the peninsula because of crowding. Along the water to Admiralty and Burns point is an easy walk on a pleasant trail, beautiful views of water,…

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Nature Walk in Minnekhada Park

Nature Walk in Minnekhada Park

Text and Photos submitted by Ian and Laurence Towson Our visit on 2 April 2020, to Minnekhada Regional Park was sparked by Nature Vancouver’s monthly evening program on 27 February, 2020, by Brian Titaro, on use of automated trail cameras in Metro Parks to learn how wildlife use these landscapes and how they can be better managed to reduce human-wildlife conflict and habituation. It was so beautiful. There was hardly anyone there so we were able to keep well away…

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Nature Walk, Byrne Creek Ravine, 2020-03-29 – Informal Trip Report

Nature Walk, Byrne Creek Ravine, 2020-03-29 – Informal Trip Report

For housebound folks seeking a hit of nature, this sliver of Burnaby wilderness surrounded by city is definitely worth a visit.  Byrne Creek Ravine Park offers a beautiful stream, generally good trails, tall trees, lush green ferns, birdsong, spring flowers and more.  The basic loop is just over 3km with about 70m of elevation gain and can be started from the bottom (near Southridge & Marine Dr.) or from the top (near Ron McLean Park). There is one short steep…

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Nature Walk, Burnaby Lake, 2020-03-23 – Informal Trip Report

Nature Walk, 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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Hike, Hayward Lake, 2020-03-21 – Informal Trip Report

Hike, 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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