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May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

May 2020 at the Hastings Park sanctuary

Text and Photos by Doug Cooper It was a great May for birding and nature in general at the Hastings Park sanctuary.  As May came to a close, the sanctuary was much quieter than earlier in the month, both in volume and variety of bird song as well as in numbers and species of birds.  Eight types of warblers were reported during the month:  Yellow, Yellow-rumped (of both subspecies types), MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Grey, Townsend’s and Common Yellowthroat.  At…

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Feeling Sad Or Anxious? Here Are All The Ways Nature Can Make You Feel Better

Feeling Sad Or Anxious? Here Are All The Ways Nature Can Make You Feel Better

Text by Isabella Lovett Depression and anxiety are two of the most common illnesses in the world, and according to the World Health Organization, there are over 260 million individuals worldwide who are coping with depression, while more than 280 million people are struggling with anxiety disorders. The rise in the number of people with mental health disorders is the result of a combination of factors, including having toxic relationships as well as having to deal with pressure on a regular basis….

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Camosun Bog – Nature Walk

Camosun Bog – Nature Walk

Text and Photo submitted by Bengül Kurtar Janet and I bicycled this time to Camosun Bog to see the Bog Laurels (Kalmia polifolia), and other bog plants, and birds and the bees. We came across a field of the Bog Laurels. I had visited the park last year at the end of April, they weren’t blooming like this year.  You can see more of my photos from last Thursday HERE Bog Laurel is one of my favourite wild flowers in BC. First time…

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In my False Creek Neighbourhood

In my False Creek Neighbourhood

Charleson Park to Granville Island Text and Photos submitted by Janet Snell Charleson Park didn’t exist before the late 1970s when it was constructed out of excavated soils from the False Creek industrial site turned residential neighbourhood. In such a small park (7.14 hectares), many different environments have been constructed; coniferous forest, waterfall & fresh-water ponds, open turfgrass with deciduous trees and rocky seashore. A forest, mostly coniferous, was planted along a berm to reduce street noise from Sixth Avenue….

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Mud Bay Dyke Walk

Mud Bay Dyke Walk

Submitted by Cathy Walker A Mud Bay / Boundary Bay excursion turned out to be a bit mixed.  On Sunday, April 26, a fellow hiker and I met at the Mud Bay parking lot at 9:30 am and the parking lot was about half full of cars. On Colebrook Road there had been a sign that the Mud Bay parking lot had limited parking so we were pleased we had no problem getting in. The walk along Mud Bay / Boundary…

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Walk Along Lynn Creek

Walk Along Lynn Creek

Harbourview and Lynmouth Park North Vancouver Text and Photos Submitted by Daryl Sturdy Last weekend (April 25-26) I went for a delightful, easy walk along the lower reaches of Lynn Creek to where it flows into the sea. The path is mostly wide enough to pass the 2 meter test, although at times you might have to stand off to one side or wait for people coming toward you to pass. Lynn Creek rushes over shallow bars which are subject to…

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Wild Side of Queen Elizabeth Park

Wild Side of Queen Elizabeth Park

Submitted by Bengül Kurtar Last Friday morning (17 April,2020), Janet and I bicycled to Queen Elizabeth Park by practicing physical distancing rule! I had seen pink fawn lilies (Erythronium revolutum) a few years ago by accident while coming down from the top of the park. Looks like it was on March 31, 2016 as per my Flickr page: Pink fawn lily (Erythronium revolutum).  After locating the pink fawn lilies on the wild side of Queen Elizabeth Park, we walked little bit: saw a lot…

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Nature Walk in Stanley Park

Nature Walk in Stanley Park

Text and Photos submitted by Ian and Laurence Towson Saturday, 11 April, 2020 Following the absolutely fabulous and educating Nature Vancouver online presentation by Joan Lopez, on Thursday evening about ‘The other Killer Whales’… imagine our delight and surprise when we caught sight of two Transient Orca enjoying themselves in the Lost Lagoon! Identified by their saddle patches. Obviously an example of how nature returns to places vacated by humans… the car ban in Stanley Park is working well😊 But,…

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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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