Nature

A young tree-planter at a previous Releaf event in Surrey. (submitted photo: City of Surrey)

Releaf tree-planting events help grow Surrey’s park forests, starting Sept. 25

Volunteers are sought to plant large shade trees, native trees and shrubs

 

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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

 

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

 

Beaver Scout Caspian Lai earned the North Star Award for his work helping plant pollinator gardens in his neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey Beaver Scout leads neighbours in creating streetside gardens

Caspian Lai earns North Star Award for work helping plant pollinator gardens

Beaver Scout Caspian Lai earned the North Star Award for his work helping plant pollinator gardens in his neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)
Traffic flows along 192nd Street south of 24th Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186th and 196th Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26, 2021. (Black Press Media file)

LETTER: Campbell Heights development destroying vital natural area

Surrey is looking to expand industrial lands in the area bordering South Langley

  • Jul 25, 2021
Traffic flows along 192nd Street south of 24th Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186th and 196th Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26, 2021. (Black Press Media file)
A common wall lizard scrambles across a concrete wall in a Saanich yard. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Invasive lizard population runs, climbs and clings across Vancouver Island

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

A common wall lizard scrambles across a concrete wall in a Saanich yard. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Jade Werger and Melissa Del Cid Moon spotted the baby bald eagle and noticed it wasn’t moving. They then called the SPCA who told them about OWL. (Jade Werger/Special to The News)

Baby bald eagle nabbed by RCMP in Pitt Meadows

The local police helped a raptor rehabilitation group rescue a young eagle covered in mites

Jade Werger and Melissa Del Cid Moon spotted the baby bald eagle and noticed it wasn’t moving. They then called the SPCA who told them about OWL. (Jade Werger/Special to The News)
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 on Vancouver Island

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)
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)
A Rocha Canada, located in South Surrey, has been awarded a $50,000 grant to help protect the Little Campbell River Watershed. (Tracy Holmes photo)

South Surrey’s A Rocha Canada receives $50,000 grant for wetland protection

Grant issued as part of provincial conservation and economic stimulus program

A Rocha Canada, located in South Surrey, has been awarded a $50,000 grant to help protect the Little Campbell River Watershed. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Eagle watchers are celebrating the first egg of the season, captured on video in South Surrey. (Hancock Wildlife Foundation photo)

LIVE VIDEO: South Surrey nesting eagles welcome first egg of the season

Parents ‘Sur’ and ‘Res’ to share incubating duties

Eagle watchers are celebrating the first egg of the season, captured on video in South Surrey. (Hancock Wildlife Foundation photo)
The little brown myotis, better known as the little brown bat, is one of the most common bat species in British Columbia, however they are endangered in Canada and their population is expected to decline in B.C. due to white-nose syndrome. (BC Community Bat Project/Facebook photo)

Delta declared a bat-friendly city

Delta is the second Metro Vancouver community to be certified following Richmond in 2020

The little brown myotis, better known as the little brown bat, is one of the most common bat species in British Columbia, however they are endangered in Canada and their population is expected to decline in B.C. due to white-nose syndrome. (BC Community Bat Project/Facebook photo)
(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

VIDEO: Beaver waddles through downtown Vancouver

‘Makin’ my way downtown…’

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)
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)
Fraser the Sandhill Crane getting some care for his broken leg. (Special to The News)

Sandhill crane hit by golf ball released back into the wild in Pitt Meadows

The ‘threatened’ bird was captured and operated on after his leg was fractured by an errant ball

Fraser the Sandhill Crane getting some care for his broken leg. (Special to The News)
The Washington State Department of Agriculture on Oct. 22, 2020 located the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S. on a property in Blaine. Entomologists were able to attach radio trackers to three hornets, the second of which lead them to the discovery of the nest, which was eradicated on Oct. 24. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture)

Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ discovered in Abbotsford

Large honeybee predator found in 7000 block of Bradner Road on Nov. 2

The Washington State Department of Agriculture on Oct. 22, 2020 located the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S. on a property in Blaine. Entomologists were able to attach radio trackers to three hornets, the second of which lead them to the discovery of the nest, which was eradicated on Oct. 24. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture)
In July 2020, Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow captured a slow-motion video of an eagle fishing for its next meal near Bowen Island. (Screenshot of video)

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

In July 2020, Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow captured a slow-motion video of an eagle fishing for its next meal near Bowen Island. (Screenshot of video)