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A getaway to Manning Park

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We got out of the city and went to Manning Park on the weekend. It is always so peaceful and one of my fave places to bird at any time of year.  The weather was rainy in Vancouver but at Manning it was sunny and no snow. The road to Cascade Lookout was still sadly closed. It is a great road for grouse and Clark's Nutcrackers but it is always closed by this time of year. We started out at Strawberry Flats as soon as we got out of our car we were greeted by 5 Canada Jays. I bought peanuts for them and had fun feeding them. I am always amazed by how many nuts these jays can cram into their bills. One for instance crammed in 11 at once!! Canada Jays in Manning Park - Photos: Melissa Hafting After photographing the Jays we heard a Hairy Woodpecker calling. We tracked the bird down and saw it was a nice male. We heard more tapping from the same tree and down below was a male American Three-toed Woodpecker! They are one of the main targets on any Manning Park visit.   Male American Three-

Come To Newfoundland With Me! (SOLD OUT)

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**UPDATE: This trip is now SOLD OUT** I am co-leading a tour with Ilya to Newfoundland with Avocet Tours June 11-17th, 2022. You can read the full details of the itinerary, the cost and what birds we will see. Plus you can learn how to sign up HERE The trip is almost full and I hope to have you join us for an awesome time in one of the most beautiful spots in Canada! Seeing the seabird colonies of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Thick-billed Murres and Gannets is not to be missed! We will also see eastern warblers, forest songbirds and great land mammals (like Caribou, Moose and Fox) and of course whales too. You can email me at bcbirdergirl(at)gmail(dot.com) or Chris Charlesworth at c_charlesworth23(at)hotmail(dot)com  with any questions. We should see many Magnolia Warblers in Newfoundland - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev Willow Ptarmigans will be one of the birds to delight us in NFLD - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev Blackpoll Warblers will be numerous in NFLD - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev

2021 Tree Swallow Nest box Project Report For The City of Richmond

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You may remember I posted about the Tree Swallow Nest Box Project in the City of Richmond. You can read about it HERE and HERE . Well we drafted up a final report for the City. This was the first year for this program and it was a success, despite losing some broods to the unprecedented heat wave this summer. The city has already granted approval for the program to continue next year. We are just waiting now to see if they will approve the expansion and provide funding to add more nest boxes to other parks. We are also hoping to hear they will approve the installation of Blue-listed Purple Martin nest boxes near Garry Point Park. Purple Martin boxes require more logistics so that decision may take some more time, as it requires more funds and resources. Update: City Councillors have got back to me and said they are very eager to help initiate the Purple Martin Box project and are discussing it now with the director of Parks Services. If you like to read our report clearly in full clic

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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The  National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is today September 30th . It is a federally recognized day but sadly all provinces are not observing it. Many Indigenous People and chiefs have found this quite disrespectful. BC is thankfully recognizing this important day. This day was called for back in 2015 and was listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Report. This day used to be called “Orange Shirt Day.” My older sister who was adopted (is  Tsimshian from a small island off Prince Rupert). She  is a survivor of the residential school system and the sixties scoop which went on through the 60’s through the 80’s. Even though she did not go to a residential school, her mother did and the government forced her single mother at 15 to give her up to be adopted. Her mother became an alcoholic from the pain of the abuse she suffered in the residential school and for being permanently separated  with her daughter. My sister was raised by white parents who loved her but who did not (and coul

I am honoured to be a national finalist in the 2021 Nature Inspiration Awards by the Canadian Museum of Nature

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Canadian Museum of Nature (@museumofnature) I was really honoured to find out not only was I nominated but I was selected by a prestigious jury to be a national finalist in the adult category of the 2021 Nature Inspiration Awards  from the Canadian Museum of Nature . There are only 4 adult finalists chosen across Canada, so this truly means a lot to me.  I was selected because of my work to promote diversity and inclusion in birding and my work with young birders and my nature work with Indigenous youth on the downtown eastside. "This awards program from the Canadian Museum of Nature recognizes adults, youth, not-for-profits and businesses that are connecting Canadians with nature and providing leadership for a sustainable future. Previous nominees have included youth or adults who initiate change through community action, teaching, and advocacy; not-for-profits that inspire Canadians through hands-on experie