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Evolution of Nature Vancouver News

Evolution of Nature Vancouver News

Over the past 100+ years, the Vancouver Natural History Society (now known as Nature Vancouver) has used various publications to communicate program and natural history information to its members. VNHS News – Bulletin of Vancouver Natural History Society (or just The Bulletin), was published from 1943 to 1971. In 2005, Bill Merilees compiled important articles from The Bulletin. Click HERE for a PDF copy.  A hard copy is available at Vancouver Public Library. The Bulletin itself evolved over time as you can see from…

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New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk

Since 2005, members of Nature Vancouver have participated in a New Year’s Day birding walk along Sturgeon Banks in SW Richmond, followed by lunch at a restaurant in quaint old fishing village of Steveston. We missed one year due to heavy snowfall. This year due to Covid, we did not organize this walk but a few members decided to keep the tradition going and met at Garry Point Park at 10 am. The forecast was for heavy rain but it…

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Nature Vancouver Nature Tours – History in Photos

Nature Vancouver Nature Tours – History in Photos

During the 1990’s, Nature Vancouver organized various nature tours to places like Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge and Canyon Lands in the U. S., and to Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Vancouver Island, and Haida Gwaii in Canada. These trips were organized by Bill Merilees, Audrey Viken and Kelly Sekhon. Following album displays mainly the photos of participants, and some of the places we visited, in random order. Most of these photos were scanned from prints shared by various participants or from personal…

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Message from President

Message from President

Cancellation of all Evening Programs and Field Trips As everyone no doubt is aware that the CoVid19 pandemic situation is changing, for the worse, hour by hour. Each day we hear from our provincial and federal health officers and elected leaders that everyone has got to do everything possible to stop the transmission of the virus. The intensity and seriousness of these exhortations increases each day. It is not a casual issue anymore. At Nature Vancouver we must contribute as much as we…

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NFB “the Whale and the Raven” at Vancity Theatre

NFB “the Whale and the Raven” at Vancity Theatre

Following three sold-out shows at the Vancouver International Film Festival last fall, the NFB film “the Whale and the Raven” will be at Vancity Theatre from Friday Jan 10 to Thursday Jan 16. Journeying into BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, German documentarian and cultural anthropologist Mirjam Leuze investigates the potential impact of a liquefied natural gas exporting plant and increased tanker traffic on this stunning ecosystem. Not only are we introduced to the remarkable people who call this place home and oppose…

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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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2019 Christmas Social

2019 Christmas Social

Our Annual Christmas Social was held on Thursday, December 12 at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. About 75 members attended and brought food to share. Hot apple cider, coffee, and tea was provided. Lots of visiting, celebrating the holiday season, and eating a variety of delicious food, with hot spiced apple cider. Thank you to all who contributed to the banquet of food. Thank you also to Elly Brok who, even though she was unable to attend, helped Susan Garber with…

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Night Quest

Night Quest

Report by Cynthia Crampton; Photos by Nigel Peck Night Quest is an annual event, held by Metro Vancouver, in Pacific Spirit Park, to experience nature at night. Two kilo meters of trails are lantern lit for exploration. This year’s event was held on Saturday, March 23rd. Clear weather brought out the crowds – estimated at 4,000.  Nature Vancouver has been involved with Night Quest since 2015. Volunteers from the Outreach Committee set up a couple of display tables of information about Nature…

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2019 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fairs

2019 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fairs

BC Nature provides awards for regional science fairs for twelve regions in BC.  BC Nature has volunteers attending most of the regional science fair, but is still looking for someone to attend the Greater Vancouver Science Fair at UBC on April 6th, to present the awards in the junior and senior categories.  The BC Nature regional awards ($75 each) are for the best natural history project done by a student in grades 6 to 8 (junior ) and a student…

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New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch

New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch

Leader Kelly Sekhon, trip report by Gail Kenner On New Year’s Day, twenty-one members participated in this annual ritual to get a head start on the list of birds seen in a year. Threatened snow and rain didn’t materialize, so we had most agreeable weather for a leisurely walk, in good company, around Garry Point and along Richmond West Dyke. Bird sightings included a number of hooded mergansers, Anna’s hummingbirds, bushtits, spotted towhees, the usual sparrows (fox, song, white- and…

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