Book Review – Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island

Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island Adam Ungstad UNGSTAD Information Architects Paperback 150 pages 2012 Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island: Adam Ungstad Secret Lakes of Southern Vancouver Island is a nice little guide book to some of the well known and lesser known lakes in the Saanich Penisula and Sooke. If you’re planning a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, …

Book Review – How to be a Better Birder

How to be a Better Birder: Derek Lovitch How to be a Better Birder Derek Lovitch Princeton University Press Paperback 192 pages 2012 I’ve been birding ever since I moved to the West Coast nearly 20 years ago. Back then my strategy was pretty basic. My first field guide was a National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North …

Book Review – Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West – Dennis Paulson Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West Dennis Paulson Princeton University Press Paperback 535 pages 2009 Living in British Columbia, I’m fortunate to have a copy of Rob Cannings Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and Yukon as a field guide when I’m out photographing dragonflies or practicing a little catch and …

Book Review – The Crossley ID Guide (Eastern Birds)

Crossley ID Guide (Eastern Birds) The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds Richard Crossley Princeton University Press Cloth Flexibound 544 pages 2011 I have to admit that I was initially pretty skeptical about the huge hype surrounding Richard Crossley’s new field guide The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds. It’s been described as “mind-blowing,” “revolutionary,” and “unconventional,” among countless other superlatives. What …

Book Review – Insects of the Pacific Northwest

Insects of the Pacific Northwest Peter and Judy Haggard Timber Press Inc. Paperback 296 pages 2006 Insects of the Pacific Northwest – Peter and Judy Haggard I’ve been fighting a bit of the flu lately which means that I’ve had some time to catch up on my reading and thinking about spring days searching for insects. One of the inspiring …

Birds of Vancouver Island

Birds of Vancouver Island – A Photographic Journey by Glenn Bartley These brief reflections represent but a few of my memories of the beautiful birds of Vancouver Island. Over the past four years I have spent as much time as possible out in nature finding and photographing birds. I feel fortunate to have been able to see such wonderful creatures, …