Honoured to receive BC Nature's "Daphne Solecki Award" plus an encounter with Red-breasted Sapsuckers
According to BC Nature's website it states: "The Daphne Solecki Award This Award recognizes persons who have contributed to nature education for children in British Columbia."
This truly touches my heart. The plaque I will receive soon after it is back from the engraver's (I'll post a photo of it when I do). Usually recipients receive it at the AGM but not this year due to COVID-19. However, the notice of award winners is now posted in the summer 2021 issue of BC Nature's Magazine. Which you can read below if you are not a member. It is an honour to receive an award named after an amazing woman like Daphne Solecki.
Thank you to BC Nature and its board of directors for awarding me with this award. Thank you to Debbi Hlady for nominating me. This nomination and award was a true surprise to me!. The work I have done with the young birders in this province by mentoring them and leading trips to bring youth together through birding and nature has inspired me to no end. The youth have given me such immense joy that I couldn't adequately put it into words. They have changed my life for the better. This award should go to them, as much as it goes to me.To celebrate this yesterday, I went up to Cypress Mountain in West Van. I was kind of distressed to see they are building a 1.7 km, 279m vertical drop, Mountain Roller Coaster there on a peaceful mountain full of wildlife. However, much of my distress disappeared when I saw a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers actively flycatching. They would go back and forth between tapping trees to fill their beaks with grubs, sap and insects for their young. Their dedication to their young was something else and exhausting to watch!. They truly are such a gorgeous woodpecker!.
|Red-breasted Sapsuckers are stunning - Photo: Melissa Hafting|
I think I got my best photos of this species now. I find them normally pretty hard to photograph!. There were lots of nice breeding birds on the mountain too: Sooty Grouse, Mac Warblers, Townsend's Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, Varied Thrush, Hermit and Swainson's Thrushes, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Western Tanagers, Red Crossbills, Tree and Violet-Green Swallows, Vaux's Swifts and more!.
|Red-breasted Saspsuckers in West Vancouver - Photos: Melissa Hafting|
|Photographing Red-breasted Sapsuckers is a real treat - Photo: Melissa Hafting|