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Myrtle warbler. Photo © zenbenscience, via creative commons & flickr

Birds started migrating to avoid winter, not to seek better breeding grounds

While we await the region’s autumn rains, the rest of the country prepares for winter. After last year’s ordeal, flocks of Snowbirds east of the Rockies are preparing their escape routes. Some will visit our region. Others will head south. Our behaviour mirrors a time-honoured tradition begun by our feathered Read more →

Olympia Oyster. Photo © Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Vancouver Island University, www.viu/deepbay

Rare native molluscs return to an urban waterway

Beneath the quiet surface of the Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet, life, death and survival play out in a drama affecting a rare, tasty B.C. marine species. The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the province. Once abundant from Alaska to Panama, it disappeared from much of Read more →