Category: natural history

Victoria Bioblitz April 22, 2017!

Beacon Hill Park

Organizers chill before the counting begins: Jon Wiersma (CWF), Catherine Keogen (UVic), Elizabeth Gammell, (CWF), Garry Oak, Val Schaefer (UVic), and Britten Jacob-Schram (UVic), in Beacon Hill Park.

Uplands Park and Cattle Point

Margaret Lidkea (Friends of Uplands Park), Octavio Cruz (UVic, in red hat), and friends on the foreshore.

University of Victoria

Jake Muntz (UVic) and friends at the University of Victoria Camas meadow.


"Parks and Nature Places" hits the bookstores

Parks and Nature Places around Vancouver is a brand spanking new publication by Nature Vancouver (formerly the Vancouver Natural History Society). Val was editor of its predecessor–Nature in Vancouver–which was published in 1996.

Both books aim to show Vancouver-dwellers how easy it is to find nature in the city, using transit.

Val & Anny wrote the sections on Renfrew Ravine Park, Delta Nature Park (Burns Bog) and Byrne Creek Ravine Park and also contributed photos. Over 40 naturalists/members of Nature Vancouver contributed to descriptions of 61 sites accessible by public transit in Metro Vancouver. The book celebrates the 90th anniversary of VNHS/Nature Vancouver.

An excerpt about Renfrew Ravine can be found here.

The book can be ordered from Harbour. We also saw it at Costco on Government St. in Burnaby on Saturday (yes, we shop at Costco). It’s also available at major bookstores including online at Chapters-Indigo and .