Connecting birds with people...and people with birds

Pat Shaughnessy with a savannah sparrow, TLBO (Photo by NCC)

Pat Shaughnessy with a savannah sparrow, TLBO (Photo by NCC)

Much is written about the importance of getting young children out into nature, while their joy of engagement with natural life is unmitigated. We should not overlook the idea that that joy is not restricted to children. Pat Shaughnessy is 83...

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Tatlayoko forever! The Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory opens for a ninth season

White-winged crossbills, Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory, British Columbia (Photo by Steve Ogle)

White-winged crossbills, Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory, British Columbia (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Although trained as a vegetation ecologist, I have been interested in birds and birdwatching for many years. To my delight, in 2006 I was asked to design a monitoring program for migratory birds at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's)...

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Patience

Mother grizzly bear and her cub (Photo by Brocken Inaglory)

Mother grizzly bear and her cub (Photo by Brocken Inaglory)

The skies are clear on this mid-afternoon in July, with a light breeze blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. A flock of geese fly overhead, honking loudly to one another. A grizzly sow plops down on the small, grassy ridge overlooking a knee-deep...

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Exploring wildlife in Wuikinuxv

This image, taken of a bear scratching its back against a tree, was taken with a trail camera in Wuikinuxv. (Photo by NCC)

This image, taken of a bear scratching its back against a tree, was taken with a trail camera in Wuikinuxv. (Photo by NCC)

We just transitioned out of Wuikinuxv, so now is the perfect time to give a spring update. The Wuikinuxv bear monitoring project was a huge success in 2014. With support from Wuikinuxv Nation, the Tula Foundation, Raincoast Conservation, and the...

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Photographing one of the Cowichan Valley's best-kept secrets

Elkington House (Photo by Toad Hollow Photography)

Elkington House (Photo by Toad Hollow Photography)

In all truth, Elkington House is one of Cowichan Valley’s best-kept secrets, with deep roots in our local heritage and history dating back to the time of colonization on Vancouver Island. The 119–year-old heritage house sits in the...

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Small mammals of the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area

Western harvest mouse, the real life Pikachu!  (Photo by Andy Teucher)

Western harvest mouse (Photo by Andy Teucher)

In the early 1990s, esteemed entomologist Geoff Scudder spent time in the South Okanagan creating an inventory of the insects that lived in this near-desert landscape. In a happy accident, the traps set out for insects ended up catching a couple...

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My Klinaklini

Dalton's Hideaway in the Klinaklini Valley, BC (Photo by NCC)

Dalton's Hideaway in the Klinaklini Valley, BC (Photo by NCC)

(The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) Peter Shaughnessy looks after some of NCC’s most remote projects in British Columbia. Our conservation areas in the Kilinaklini River Valley in the west-central part of the province top the...

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UFO sightings in BC? No, just getting a different vantage point on the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area

Hexacopter (Photo by NCC)

Hexacopter (Photo by NCC)

In the video, the camera seems to fly over two Nature Conservancy (NCC) staff as they walk along a cliff-side. You might wonder: how did they make that camera fly and take such great shots? Recently, the BC Region arranged for a short video to be...

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Impressions of a preserve

BC Garry Oak (Photo by Tim Ennis NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve personifies old. The gnarled Garry oak trees stand staunchly in a fading fall meadow, resolute in their sense of place. A 120-year-old farmhouse sits among the oaks like...

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Where the bears are: An update on the Wuikinuxv grizzly bear project

Grizzly bear (Photo by Vince Heney)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Vince Heney)

In the spring of 2013, I approached the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) about a project in Wuikinuxv Territory, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where grizzly bears and humans have shared the same riverbanks for thousands of years,...

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