Species Profile: Steller’s Jay

As the weather warms and the daylight extends, we being to hear an active chorus of springtime birds. Commonly seen foraging for food around campgrounds and parks, Steller’s Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri) are the blue-winged symbol of BC’s healthy evergreen forests, as well as, our provincial bird! They’re known for their unmistakably blue feathers, triangle-crested heads, … Continue reading

Species Profile: Bald Eagle

Question: What is up to 4 metres deep, 2.5 metres wide, and nearly one metric ton in weight? No, the answer we are looking for is not a boat. Rather, a Bald Eagle’s nest. With such incredible size, it is no surprise that it houses an incredibly large bird. Bald Eagles have a wingspan that reaches 2.3 metres, … Continue reading

Species Profile: Virginia Rail

Photo credit: Greg Schneider (www.gschneiderphoto.com) The Virginia Rail: a small, secretive bird of North American wetlands that inhabits southern British Columbia during the summer breeding months. Despite its rather compact body, the Virginia Rail (and other Rail species) have the highest ratio of leg muscles to flight muscles of any bird. Perhaps more fascinating is … Continue reading

Species Profile: Great Blue Heron

Given the abundance of them around here, it is only appropriate we learn a bit about them. That way, perhaps next time someone points one out to you, you can draw on this plethora of facts and be seen as the Heron Expert; after all, isn’t that what we all want to be? Great Blue … Continue reading

Snowy Wingspan

Besides the obvious beauty of our Photo of the Week, I am most impressed with this photographer’s precision in snapping this great shot of the Snowy Owl. With impeccable clarity, Sharon Talson has captured a great sense of movement and detail in the Snowy Owl wingspan. I’m intrigued about the events that followed this picture and … Continue reading

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