Hunters in the Sky!

Falcons and other raptors strike their prey from above with all four toes extended.  The Birders Handbook, Ehrlich, Dobkin, Wheye, 1988 It happened so quickly … a merlin – quiet, fast; deadly swooped through the trees scattering the group of birds feasting...

What is it?

Unlike birds, plants don’t move, they stay still for you to identify them. So having said that, take a look at the picture above and read through the clues to see if you can guess what it is …. This deciduous native bush grows in dry to moist soil. You can...

Washout below Gaglardi Way

On Thursday, October 29, there was a washout around the Burnaby City construction site below Gaglardi Way on Tributary 3A. On Friday, John Templeton sounded the alarm and took these photos along Trib 3A. At the mouth of Stoney Creek where it enters the Brunette River,...

Off to see the Herons!

They are called platform nests, Kathy, and both the male and female blue herons build them. Just look at them all. It looks like there might be three on that one branch alone! As our eyes skim the tops of the cottonwoods we lose count after about 20 nests – some...

Forest Friends

The plants are your friends. As you walk by them in the forest greet them by name. This will help you remember them. Rub the leaves of an elderberry and you smell peanut butter, a herb Robert geranium – nuts and a swamp or stink current’s – currents. Who...

Sloshing and a Squishin!

Slosh, slosh, squish, squish Oh what fun our birding is! Boots, umbrella, plastic bags Rushing creek and foggy eyes Dripping hair and soggy pages We’re recording for the ages 8 degrees – the weathers fine Puddle jumping – so divine Whirlpool in the ditch at side Muddy...