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Walking in Memorial South Park to Learn About Its Trees – June 22, 2024

Walking in Memorial South Park to Learn About Its Trees – June 22, 2024

Submitted by Nina Shoroplova Few of us Nature Vancouver members knew Memorial South Park when we first met at its Cenotaph on Saturday, June 22, to learn more about its trees (https://covapp.vancouver.ca/parkfinder/ParkDetail.aspx?InParkId=186). Memorial South Park opened on May 22, 1926, almost a hundred years ago, before South Vancouver, Point Grey, and Vancouver amalgamated into the City of Vancouver in 1929. The park seems primarily to be a sports park, offering tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, a field hockey…

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Walk in Ornamental Gardens and Forest Trails in Stanley Park – May 25, 2024

Walk in Ornamental Gardens and Forest Trails in Stanley Park – May 25, 2024

Submitted by Nina Shoroplova Twenty or so of us Nature Vancouver members gathered on the plaza above Lost Lagoon and the Nature House for this tree-identification walk through one ornamental garden and several forest trails in Stanley Park.  With people picking out which plant they wanted to see from my list of trees, shrubs, and native herbaceous plants growing along the route, we soon had the morning planned. We stopped at the black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Tortuosa’, and admired its…

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Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Galiano Island Hike – May 4, 2024

Submitted by Bettina Matzkuhn. Trip leader Bettina Matzkuhn met her group of seven at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. The weather was overcast and windy, but quite warm and pleasant for walking. We tried the “Bluffs Peak” trail, which meant a quick hike up to the bluffs and backtrack down to continue on to Mt. Galiano. The Warbler Road route is better as one gets to enjoy the length of the bluffs. Return trip was approximately 15km. We saw the bright…

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Trip to ƛ̓éxətəm (tla-hut-um) Regional Park

Trip to ƛ̓éxətəm (tla-hut-um) Regional Park

Report by Lona Lonergan ƛ̓éxətəm (tla–hut–um) Regional Park formerly known as Colony Farm was the destination for our October 16, 2023 Nature Vancouver Walk. Thirteen people, thirteen degrees and pouring rain – it was spectacular! Cynthia Crampton organized the trip, Sel from Enjoy the Journey drove the brand new 24 seat van. Larry Cowen joined the group for a short walk and shared his absolute love and devotion to the area, Lindsey Lorence was our photographer. The gorgeous golden colour of the fall grasses,…

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Interpretive EcoWalk in Pacific Spirit Park

Interpretive EcoWalk in Pacific Spirit Park

Submitted by Laura Cottle On 27 November, 2022, Nature Vancouver (NV) and Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS) jointly organized this walk. Leaders, Ian Clague (NV & PSPS) and Sam Bundenthal (PSPS), met the group at the Pacific Spirit Regional Park Centre on 16th Ave (parking lot and washroom area) at 10am. on this beautiful sunny Sunday morning. After a brief introduction to by Laura Cottle (Volunteer and Program Coordinator for PSPS), the group of 2 leaders, 18 participants, 2 PSPS volunteers…

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Birding Walk in Terra Nova, Richmond

Birding Walk in Terra Nova, Richmond

Report by Nikhil Patwardhan On Saturday, October 29, 2022, ten members of Nature Vancouver participated in this walk led by Kelly Sekhon. Thankfully the rain had taken a break on Friday and we had cool overcast conditions to bird until it picked up again on Saturday night. Talk about perfect timing. The walk began with a short introduction to the area by Kelly as we stood near the parked cars. A Great Blue Heron stood guard near the shore while a flock…

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Golden Ears Provincial Park

Golden Ears Provincial Park

Submitted by Penny N. Lim A bar-be-que at Alouette Lake on 28th July, 2022. Extremely hot day. Sought shade. Managed short walks into the forest. My highlight? Coming upon a series of Old growth tree stumps. The original designer – Mother Nature.  Inviting greens and browns.  Calming.  

Bridal Falls – Outdoors in Green & Water

Bridal Falls – Outdoors in Green & Water

Submitted by Penny N. Lim A welcome walk in rainforest country on 21st July 2022. Happily hiked along the refreshing green trails under gigantic trees.  Bark patterns drew my attention. Are these magnificent trees 800 or 1,000 years old?  Abundant Western Sword ferns.  Heavy moss-covered tree branches. Well-maintained wide trails. Although I noticed the mosquitoes, only later did I find 3 bites on each limb. 

Sandhill Crane Family at Burnaby Lake Park

Sandhill Crane Family at Burnaby Lake Park

Submitted by Penny N. Lim One spontaneous Saturday afternoon (11th June 2022), I set out to Burnaby Lake with Marie Joe, to see the awesome Mandarin Duck. Was the day ever hot and the detours cumbersome! Easy birding at Burnaby Lake. A few steps along the trail, we came upon visitors feeding birds and taking pictures. We stopped still where a crowd gathered. Feeding in the grass was a Sandhill crane family just off the trail.  In the open. A perfect view of a fluffy chick. The chick…

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Nature Notes from Hastings Park

Nature Notes from Hastings Park

Report & Photos Submitted by Doug Cooper This is a summary of my observations of the happenings in the green spaces of Hastings Park since early last fall.  Access to the infield of the Hastings racecourse was again made possible for a few months during the latter part of 2021, after the pandemic closure of the racetrack grounds was lifted and the horse racing season had ended. The training and racing season has started again, and access to the racecourse infield…

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