A Shortage of Short-eared Owls on the Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count

I was up at around 6 am yesterday to make the drive down to meet a group of birders doing the 2010 Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count. As I scraped the frost of the windows of the car I was hopeful – the sky was clear and it actually felt fairly mild. Weather on Vancouver Island is know to be changeable¬† …

Cattails

One of the things that impressed me at Buttertubs Marsh last week was the endless stretches of Cattail (Typha latifolia). At this time of year, the leaves of this plant are a pale brown – new green leaves will emerge in the spring. The flowers, which we generally see as a brown “hot-dog” shape on the end of a stalk …

Wetland Landscapes

Photography can be challenging at the best of times. Try throwing a 2 year old in a backpack into the mix (“Hold still – Daddy’s trying to take a photo”) – you get the picture! Today we took an impromptu walk in Paradise Meadows with both kids in tow (almost 2 year old Alden and 3 month old Clara). In …