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We hold meetings most Thursday evenings with a lecture and discussion. We also host frequent field trips for members to get out into Nature and learn more about this wonderful world we live in.
Members of Nature Vancouver have been working for more than 100 years to promote the enjoyment of nature, to educate ourselves and others about the natural world and to preserve and protect natural areas in the vicinity of Vancouver.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Dipper Quest 2023Maple Ridge Park East Parking Lot, Maple Ridge, BC
Nature Vancouver’s annual quest to find American Dippers Will take place Sunday December 3rd, 2023.
Larry Cowan led the quest from 2006 to 2019 and never failed to find at least one dipper. Michelle Baudais and Harvey Dueck started leading the quest in 2021.
This half day trip will begin at Maple Ridge Park, where we hope to find at least one dipper and maybe a few other birds. From there we will drive to Jerry Sulina park to bird along the dike for sparrows and waterfowl. We will end the quest with a drive to the Connecting Road area to look for raptors and gulls.
- WELCOME BIRD WALK WITH MELISSA HAFTING – INVITING BIPOC AND LGBTQ+ AND WOMENGeorge C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC
As part of a Nature Vancouver initiative to create inclusive and welcoming bird walks, we are pleased to announce that Melissa Hafting will lead a two-hour bird walk for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women to Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Sunday, December 3rd at 9:30 am. A wide variety of birds make this area home for the winter, in the ponds and wetlands as well as the tidal foreshore area. Snow geese, shorebirds, Sandhill cranes, migratory ducks and raptors are some of the many species that can be found. Binoculars will be available for participants if they don’t have a pair. Non-Members are welcome. There is an entry fee of $8.00 at Reifel Bird Refuge
Contact Janet@naturevancouver.ca to register for this event. Please include whether you need binoculars.
Melissa Hafting is an ecologist, bird guide, author, and photographer. She founded the BC Young Birders Program in 2014, which aims to bring together youth of all races, sexual orientations, and genders to look at birds on fun excursions in the natural world. The program also helps teach youth about citizen science and the importance of bird conservation. Melissa is also passionate about making birding more inclusive for all, especially for BIPOC birders like herself. She is an avid traveller and loves to explore the world looking for birds. Melissa is an eBird reviewer for the province of BC and sits on the board of directors of the Frontiers in Ornithology Association. She was also a judge for the 2022 and 2023 Audubon Photography Awards, recipient of BC Nature’s 2021 Daphne Solecki Award for contributing to nature education for children in British Columbia, a finalist for the 2021 Nature Inspiration Awards for the Canadian Museum of Nature, and a lead in the 2020 CBC TV Documentary “Rare Bird Alert”.
More information about the Welcome Walks Initiative please see https://naturevancouver.ca/outreach/
- Birds of Southeastern ArizonaLink visible for attendees
Southeastern Arizona is a land of varied habitats, from desert and grassland to the San Pedro River and the “Sky Island” mountain ranges, that have elements of both the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Madre. Their rapid elevational gains of up to 7000 feet above the surrounding flatlands, results in a wonderful diversity of bird species.
Tom Wood, co-founder and Director of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory www.sabo.org will share stories of this diverse area with 14 species of hummingbirds, the iconic Elegant Trogons, Red-faced Warblers and nearly 400 other species of birds.
- Vancouver Christmas Bird Count - Area BNeeds location
This post is to recruit volunteers for Area B of the Vancouver Christmas Bird Count. Area B covers Ambleside and parts of West Vancouver (see map).
The count is different every year, but as an example here's the list of birds we saw in the 2019 count.
Masahito Yamada and Harvey Dueck are the Area B leaders. If you RSVP Yes to this event, one of us will contact you about joining the count. To volunteer for other count areas, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers should bring binoculars. It's hard to identify many birds without them. This is a great area to bring a spotting scope if you have one.
The 2023 count runs from dawn to dusk on Saturday, December 16th.
The Christmas Bird Count is the world’s longest running Citizen Science Project. The goal of the count is to have fun and learn about birds. As a bonus, the data collected helps scientists and others to track changes in bird populations across North America and around the world.
Birders at all levels of ability are welcome to join the count. More eyes are better and beginners can help find birds for the experts to identify.
For general information about the Christmas Bird count or to find other count circles near you, see the Birds Canada website. See the Nature Vancouver website for information on other areas of the Vancouver Christmas Bird Count or contact Colin Clasen (email@example.com) to sign up.