Seasonal observations: It’s spring and love is in the air

My favourite correspondent, John Tschopp, has broken away from his usual orthithological themed observations to share this one, for our collective phenology journal. Phenology, derived from the Greek word phaino, meaning "to show or appear," is literally "the science of appearance." It is a segment of ecology focused on the study of periodic plant and animal lifecycle … Continue reading Seasonal observations: It’s spring and love is in the air

Great Blue Heron Sightings Wanted

Great Blue Heron sightings are being sought in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (e.g., Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, D'Arcy and surrounding areas). This is the third season heron sightings are being requested. Reporting heron sightings (i.e., number, specific location, time, direction flying, age) is important and very much appreciated, providing us with a better understanding of their population … Continue reading Great Blue Heron Sightings Wanted

Calling all owls – John Tschopp is offering a free portrait service

On February 10, John Tschopp, our birding correspondent, crossed paths with an old friend. This Short-eared Owl was soaking up the sun near Erickson Road, where SE Owls like to hunt mice. Is this bird on its way North already? Maybe it was pushed South by the big snow in central BC, too deep to … Continue reading Calling all owls – John Tschopp is offering a free portrait service

The Official Bird Tally: results of the 2017 Pemberton Christmas Bird Count are in and the numbers are the lowest on record

Thanks to Karl Ricker and the bird counters, for their ongoing observations of our habitat. Lots of commentators that 2017 was a lamentable year on many fronts. Seems the birds agreed. Here's to a more robust and thriving 2018. Pemberton Christmas Bird Count Highlights (2001 – 2017) by Karl Ricker Introduction: Year 2017 was plagued … Continue reading The Official Bird Tally: results of the 2017 Pemberton Christmas Bird Count are in and the numbers are the lowest on record