Winter Birding at Oyster Bay

Looking out at the old pilings at Oyster Bay. The eastern coast of Vancouver Island has many locations that are excellent for winter birding. Sheltered bays offer resting places for numerous species of waterfowl and the beaches can be productive for shorebirds. One of the highlights between Courtenay and Campbell River is Oyster Bay Shoreline Regional Park, which is located …

Nature’s Abstract Gallery

Sandstone Pattern No. 1 – A delicate pattern in sandstone on the Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia. From a geological and photographic point of view, the western sides of Gabriola, DeCourcy, Link and Valdez Islands have plenty to offer. The geology is interesting and image making opportunities abound. Way back in history great beds of sandstone were laid down and …

Great Backyard Bird Count – February 12-15, 2010

House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) should be easy to find on Vancouver Island during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Photo © Judy Howle. Bird watchers coast to coast are invited to take part in the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2010. Participants in the free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers …

Exploring Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Beach walkers at Schooner Cove. We have just returned from a wonderful weekend get-a-way at Pacific Rim, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Winter is our favourite time to visit the west coast. There aren’t too many tourists, and rain or shine we are always dazzled by the area’s natural beauty. Established in 1970, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve …

Bye Bye Blackbird

The Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) is considered a "vulnerable" species by the whole world, but in Canada it is treated as a pest. Everyone has heard of the Red-winged Blackbird, and many are familiar with the Brewer’s Blackbird, but how many have seen or even heard of a Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)? Not very many I would wager. It’s not …

5th Annual Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival

Harrison always pleases the kids when he flies in for Eaglefest Plans are underway for the 5th Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival, sponsored by BC Hydro, to be held by Discovery Pier at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River on Saturday Feb. 20/2010. Guest speakers include well known author, conservationist and ornithologist Dr. Rob Butler, President of the Pacific …