Nature

A map from a City of Parksville press release, issued Sept. 21, 2021, depicting inventoried trees and city benches by use of TreePlotter, a web-based comprehensive GIS tree management software application for field data collection and data management. (Submitted photo)

City of Parksville uses tree mapping software for inventory, planning for future

Program to generate reports and calculate ecosystem benefits provided by trees

 

The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)

Wilson 5 Foundation donates $6M to rehabilitate Vancouver Island’s Englishman River

Largest land conservancy gift made by the foundation to date will re-naturalize Parksville estuary

 

The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)

Wilson 5 Foundation donates $6M to re-naturalize Englishman River Estuary in Parksville

Largest land conservancy gift made by the foundation to date

The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)
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VIDEO: Fraser Valley pilot spots black bear from the air

Agassiz area pilot captures footage of a wandering black bear among the stalks of corn

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This year’s Western hemlock "looper" moth outbreak has been seen in the Lower Mainland and the Interior, including communities throughout the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Lorraine Maclauchlan photo)

Western Hemlock Looper Moths return for a third feast of B.C. foliage

Outbreaks of the moths occur every 11 to 15 years in Coastal and Interior forests

This year’s Western hemlock "looper" moth outbreak has been seen in the Lower Mainland and the Interior, including communities throughout the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Lorraine Maclauchlan photo)
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VIDEO: Invasive lizard population spreads across Vancouver Island

Even record-breaking heat didn’t diminish European wall lizard population

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Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4M donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supports three land purchases in the Strait of Georgia

Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)
Although the process to prepare the snails is long, Revelstoke resident Hailey Ross said they are mighty tasty. (Contributed)

1 way to deal with invasive snails in B.C. is… to eat them?

Foraging for Roman snails, which are cooked in fancy dishes globally as escargot

Although the process to prepare the snails is long, Revelstoke resident Hailey Ross said they are mighty tasty. (Contributed)
University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Freaked by cicada swarms? You could just stick a fork in ‘em

Full of protein, gluten-free, low-fat and low-carb, cicadas are eaten by humans in many countries.

University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)

Legend continues as iconic white raven spotted once again in Coombs

Sightings rare everywhere in world except for central Vancouver Island location

A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)
Bowser artist Lynda Hyndman stands with different series of her work currently on display at the Qualicum Art Supply and Gallery until approximately the end of May. Nature and mythology play an integral part of Hyndman’s process, acting both as a muse and subject matter. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Bowser artist looks to bridge the gap between humanity and nature in her work

Lynda Hyndman’s work to be on display at the Qualicum Art and Supply Gallery until end of May

Bowser artist Lynda Hyndman stands with different series of her work currently on display at the Qualicum Art Supply and Gallery until approximately the end of May. Nature and mythology play an integral part of Hyndman’s process, acting both as a muse and subject matter. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)
PQB News reader Mike Yip of Nanoose Bay shares this great shot. “The Varied Thrush is one of our prettiest winter birds,” he said. “It usually skulks in the forest until cold weather or snow forces it out in the open to search for food.”

YOUR PHOTOS: PQB News readers offer a sampling of their impressive photography skills

GALLERY: Submissions capture incredible wildlife, scenery shots

PQB News reader Mike Yip of Nanoose Bay shares this great shot. “The Varied Thrush is one of our prettiest winter birds,” he said. “It usually skulks in the forest until cold weather or snow forces it out in the open to search for food.”
PQB News reader Tony Markle shares this amazing shot of a great blue heron about to have a vole for lunch. If you have a photo or video you would like to share in print or online, email them to editor@pqbnews.com.

YOUR PHOTOS: Hungry heron makes a meal of poor vole

Tony Markle shares amazing wildlife shot

PQB News reader Tony Markle shares this amazing shot of a great blue heron about to have a vole for lunch. If you have a photo or video you would like to share in print or online, email them to editor@pqbnews.com.
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VIDEO: Beaver waddles through downtown Vancouver

‘Makin’ my way downtown…’

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Mark’s Nature Park at 124 Finholm St. in Parksville will have approximately 20 trees removed on Jan. 11. (PQB News file photo)

20 trees to be removed from Parksville nature park on Jan. 11

Several trees were damaged in November fire

Mark’s Nature Park at 124 Finholm St. in Parksville will have approximately 20 trees removed on Jan. 11. (PQB News file photo)
Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)

Trouble’s a bruin: B.C. photographer’s images of grappling grizzlies garner international acclaim

Amazing photos taken on trip to Tahumming River in Toba Inlet picked up by Daily Mail in Britain

Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)
Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)

Trouble’s a bruin: Parksville photographer’s images of grappling grizzlies garner international acclaim

Amazing photos taken on trip to Tahumming River in Toba Inlet picked up by Daily Mail in Britain

Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)