Anne Murray

Canada Goldenrod – Solidago canadensis – is found in Boundary Bay marshes.

Celebrating Delta: Our home and native plants

Heritage plants can be looked for in habitats that have survived urbanization, such as the sand dunes in Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Canada Goldenrod – Solidago canadensis – is found in Boundary Bay marshes.
A bald eagle peers down from its perch near the Delta Heritage Air Park on Boundary Bay. Winter bird counts show the local population of the majestic raptors is growing.

Bald eagle numbers have soared over the decades

Winter bird counts regularly show numbers of 600 to 1,300 in the area of South Delta, with declines outside the region.

A bald eagle peers down from its perch near the Delta Heritage Air Park on Boundary Bay. Winter bird counts show the local population of the majestic raptors is growing.
A sunrise over Campbell Bay on Mayne Island.

Celebrate the natural beauty and wildlife of Active Pass

Inaugural nature and arts festival kicks off this weekend.

A sunrise over Campbell Bay on Mayne Island.
Looking back on nature in 2014

Looking back on nature in 2014

Our wealth of migratory wildlife is unique in Canada and needs proactive attention.

Looking back on nature in 2014
Black Brant

Arctic-nesting Black Brant winter in Delta waters

Despite constant recreational use, Boundary Bay remains a highly attractive habitat for ducks and geese, including Brant.

Black Brant
Looking for summertime bugs

Looking for summertime bugs

Learning to see nature in all its complexity and detail opens our eyes to the world around us.

Looking for summertime bugs
According to a new survey

New study highlights the importance of nature for Canadians

We live in a tremendous country for outdoor recreation and we can choose among myriad possibilities.

According to a new survey
The eulachon

Greasy fish are almost gone

The eulachon, oolie, or candlefish, lives in the Pacific ocean and has a rich history in B.C.

The eulachon
The Museum of Vancouver has a new exhibit on display – Rewilding Vancouver: Remember

Rewilding: Can we bring nature back?

Urban wildlife has changed enormously over the years.

The Museum of Vancouver has a new exhibit on display – Rewilding Vancouver: Remember
Microscopic phytoplankton drive the food chain as they drift the waters of the world.

Amazing phytoplankton is part of our natural heritage

The plant-rich salt waters of the Georgia Strait feed our coastal ecosystems.

Microscopic phytoplankton drive the food chain as they drift the waters of the world.
New year resolutions to come alive in nature

New year resolutions to come alive in nature

Being in the great outdoors has numerous physical and emotional benefits.

New year resolutions to come alive in nature
A cedar waxwing makes a stop near Deas Island in Delta.

COLUMN: Protect our migratory songbirds

Environment Canada study shows window and cats are deadly to millions of birds.

A cedar waxwing makes a stop near Deas Island in Delta.
Salt marsh on Boundary Bay.

The value of marshes and mud flats

The varied wetland habitats in the Fraser delta are a key reason for the number and diversity of birds found here.

Salt marsh on Boundary Bay.
Western tiger swallowtail butterfly.

Summer butterflies are in the air

To bring butterflies to a garden, there must be food for the caterpillar stage, as well as nectar-rich flowers for the adults.

Western tiger swallowtail butterfly.
Looking at the Fraser plume

Looking at the Fraser plume

This unusual ecosystem is a cloud of turbid river water, full of sand and silt, which floats over the heavier salt water of the ocean.

Looking at the Fraser plume
Shorebirds feeding in the bay.

The birds are are on the move

There are many opportunities to see migrating birds in the Lower Mainland.

Shorebirds feeding in the bay.
Townsend's vole.

Moles and voles: the hidden life of small mammals

The high number of voles help make the Fraser delta the best location in Canada for numbers and diversity of wintering birds of prey.

Townsend's vole.
Birds such as downy woodpeckers  that are accustomed to feeders must trust that their food sources remain stocked over the winter.

Keep those feeders stocked in winter

With care, you can have a garden full of birds to watch all winter.

Birds such as downy woodpeckers  that are accustomed to feeders must trust that their food sources remain stocked over the winter.
Mount Baker at sunrise.

Land of fire and ice

We are fortunate to be living in the vicinity of such impressive mountains.

Mount Baker at sunrise.
Summer is a good time to explore the area's cool

Heritage trees are worth protecting

Surrey has a rich selection of significant trees from around the world.

Summer is a good time to explore the area's cool