Bald Eagle nest illegally destroyed in Surrey...Sign the petition to help!

To find out how this nest that was active for 9 years was illegally cut down since it hindered human development watch the video below:

This defied the BC Wildlife Act as Bald Eagle Nests are protected year round.

Please sign the petition to help prevent this from happening again and to force the creation of an artificial nest with pole for the returning Bald Eagle pair to this nest site; and the preservation of the land around this nest site.

Sign The Petition HERE

Watch Young Birder Liron on TV!

Today Liron was on Breakfast Television on City TV discussing his nature photography. He did an excellent job. The segment was called "Meet A Nature Photographer Prodigy" and he discusses how he uses his beautiful photos to promote conservation. You can watch the full interview HERE.

Come out to a free screening of the "Bird of Prey" film! Plus get your tickets for Young Birder talks at the VANBIRDFEST now!

UPDATE as of Aug 8, tickets are now SOLD OUT!

Come out to a free screening of the Bird of Preyfilm. I discussed this film previously on my blog it is about the Philippine Eagle (the rarest and largest eagle in the world) and looks amazing.

The movie will begin on August 22, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Omnimax Theatre at Science World in Vancouver and finishes at 10pm. There will be a Q&A session with the researchers from Cornell University and the filmmakers as well. The film is presented by Science World, The Vancouver Int'l Bird Festival and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Register for your FREE tickets while supplies last HERE

I can't wait to see this!

You can watch the trailer below:

Also if you remember my blog post from a few days ago HERE. I was discussing that 4 Young Birders are talking about very important topics (read them at the link above) at the Nature & Bird Expo. Tickets are on sale now to come out and watch the young birders speak at the Vancouver Internatio…

Young Birder Trip to Princeton - July 14/18

We started out our young birder tour with 5 young birders and it was the first trip with 15 year old Sasha Fairbairn. We started out at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack to see the long staying Black Phoebe. It was a lifer and BC bird for a few of the youth . Here we also were greeted by the sweet songs of Yellow Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Red-eyed Vireos. It was also fun to watch the Eastern Kingbirds fluttering around and a lone Vaux's Swift.

Next we were on our way to Princeton. We were hoping to see Williamson's Sapsuckers at August Lake as our main target. As we drove on the dirt road to the lake Katya Kondratyuk and Daniel Beeke called out "Lewis's Woodpecker!". It was sitting on a stump right beside our van. We pulled over and hopped out and got beautiful views of it as it flew from tree to tree quite like a crow except for when it would bank and reveal it's hidden green-sheened back! Next we drove straight to the lake and sa…

Come see Young Birders talk at the Vancouver Int'l Bird Festival! Also registration for the Stewardship Roundtable is now open.

4 young birders will be speaking this year at the Vancouver International Bird Festival at 1:30pm on August 23rd, 2018. They will be in the Community Theater in the Bird Expo. Please come out and support them and their great talks! Tickets go on sale on July 20th!
Toby Theriault, age 14 will be speaking on "Seabirds and plastic pollution"

Ian Harland, age 18 will be speaking on“The artistic side of bird photography”

Liron Gertsman, age 18 will be speaking on  "The importance of photography for conservation"

Adam Dhalla, age 13 will be speaking on "Shade-Grown Coffee in Costa Rica & its Positive Impact on Birds"
These topics are so important and interesting. The kids are so engaging and intelligent, I can't wait to hear them. I will be moderating the 1 hour event, hope to see you all there!
Also registration for "The 2018 Stewardship Roundtable" Is Now Open!

"Hosted by the Stewardship Centre for BC and Bird Studies Canada in collaborati…

A touching tribute from a Young Birder and Birds in the News

I'm so touched by what a young birder named Ian Harland wrote about me on Instagram last night. So much so that I wanted to share it here! 

Sometimes, I wonder if I have made any difference in their lives, so it's nice to hear this! They are so important to me and I am so proud of them and care about them deeply! Ian has won several photography awards and was covered in Canadian Geographic and this year got chosen to be in the top 100 of Audubon with a shot of an American Dipper! You can see his shot HERE. He is off soon to Ecuador with another amazing BC young birder Liam Singh. They are going on a bird conservation photography workshop to Ecuador, where they will be taught how to promote conservation through their photography. He and the youth here just keep making us all so proud. They keep finding incredible provincial rarities and promote conservation through social media and in person in their communities. They are incredible artists like Viktor Vandereyk and Bridget Spen…

A weekend of spirit animals a White Raven and Grizzly Bears! Plus Purple Martins nesting in natural cavities in Point Roberts!

I saw my first ever white Common Raven on the Canada Day Long weekend! It was so cool to see I have been wanting to see one for many years. It had blue eyes so isn't an albino. These are very spiritual birds to the local First Nations. This was a young bird being fed by two full black adult Common Ravens. He was really vocal begging for food he was fun to watch. Seeing this white raven was truly special for me! It was actually a dream come true!Thanks to the homeowner Patricia for letting me come and see him and thanks to Mike Yip for letting me know about it. To read more about this famous bird click the Vancouver Sun story HERE.We also went to the Port Hardy airport where we found an adult female Pacific Golden-Plover on the runway. Ilya spotted the bird as soon as we pulled up. It was fun watching him walk around with some killdeer and then sitting by the beach watching many Bald Eagles of varying ages come down to eat a huge Chinook Salmon with 3 Turkey Vultures.During th…

Congrats to Liron Gertsman on his new featured documentary and winning the Audubon Awards!

Big Congrats to Liron Gertsman on his incredible achievement!  Read about it below:
"Youth photographer sweeps the Youth category of the Audubon photo awards - first time ever"
Make sure to read the Vancouver Sun article on it as well HERE

I love his parakeet shot it's so technically brilliant! The hummer is so artistic and eagle's talons so unique and out of the box thinking.

He also had 8 pictures selected for the TOP 100 and  BC young birder Ian Harland has one too, see HERE

On top of this Liron made a documentary film "Surf Scoters: People Living With Nature" thatnis being displayed at the Museum of Vancouver now in Nature Vancouver's "Wild Things" exhibition. It opened on June 28, 2018 and closes in Dec 2019.

Read about it HERE and go see the show at the Museum of Vancouver admission prices and more info HERE

You can watch his documentary below:

Massive Congratulations Liron! I am so very proud of you. You have achieved so much and what a great w…

Badgers and Great Gray Owls Oh My!

We took a trip up to the interior of BC and had an incredible weekend. We inadvertently found an American Badger den and also a Great Gray Owl nest. We found Grasshopper Sparrows, Clay-coloured, Lark Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings, Williamson's and Red-naped Sapsuckers, Ruddy Ducks, Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teals, Lewis's Woodpeckers, Common Mergansers with chicks, Barrow's Goldeneyes, Clark's Nutcrackers, Burrowing Owls, Swainson's Hawks, Dusky, Olive-sided, Willow and Hammond's Flycatcher and many more birds.

We photographed many Eared, Pied-billed and Red-necked Grebes who were either on the nest or had babies. Days like this are ones you can only dream of and it was nice to experience such a magical weekend. We even bumped into our good friend Guy Monty while viewing some Lewis's Woodpecker while he was on his way to Valemount.

The highlight of the trip for me was definitely seeing the American Badgers because they are endangered in BC  with less than 350 a…