Soaring with Birds Exhibit at the Pendulum Gallery, Aug. 10-22

Green-breasted Mango | Photo Credit: Liron Gertsman

Green-Breasted Mango | Photo Credit: Liron Gertsman

Who hasn’t looked up at the sky and dreamed of soaring with birds? Liron Gertsman, a 14 year old Vancouver photographer, is making that dream come true in his own way while giving back to the birds that inspire him.

An avid bird watcher and photographer, this remarkable teenager has amassed a life list of 694 bird species. In the past four years, his photographs of these birds have attracted attention from local and national media including a feature on CBC’s daily news show, The National. Continue reading:
Soaring with Birds Exhibit at the Pendulum Gallery, Aug. 10-22

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

This is the last weekend to catch the extended Andy Warhol exhibit! It is also a great time to get to know some birds, get happy at a museum, drink your way through an art gallery, check out some fashion and activism films, or even learn about cement.

 

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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Love Crows? Don’t Miss Crow Night in Vancouver

Photo credit: cynic.org.uk

Photo credit: cynic.org.uk

You see them every day – cawing, gliding and eyeing you suspiciously as you walk by.

Now you can get to know them a little better.

Crows take the spotlight at the second annual Crow Night at Vancouver Central Library on May 9, an evening dedicated to the bringing one of the city’s most common birds out of the shadows.

Crow specialist Dr. Rob Butler will lead the event, sharing stories and anecdotes from his four decades of studying birds.  He’ll be joined by Vancouver’s own award-winning “crow-cumentarian” Mike McKinlay, who will show his film Crows.  The short film, which debuted on the Knowledge Network, follows a group of crows that roost in Burnaby, B.C.  (You can see the film on Vimeo here).  Continue reading:
Love Crows? Don’t Miss Crow Night in Vancouver

For the Birds: World-class bird watching on Vancouver’s doorstep

Photo credit: USFWS Headquarters | Flickr

I’m staring at a regal, metre-tall sandhill crane, its slender legs knee-deep in a seaside marsh outside of Vancouver.  It sizes me up with its bright pink head – flamboyant colors worthy of a flamingo – then extends its elegant neck and lets out a majestic, ear-splitting squawk.

The stunning bird’s winter home is the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a 850-acre wetland on the Fraser River, approximately 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver in Delta.  The sanctuary is one of a network of parks and habitats along the Fraser Delta that make the area a top destination for bird watchers.

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For the Birds: World-class bird watching on Vancouver’s doorstep

Great Blue Herons Back at Stanley Park

Photo credit: Alyx Dellamonica | Flickr

It has a wingspan of up to two metres and is the height of a small child.  When it walks on its spindly legs, each step measures 22 centimetres.  And its call – a wild, throaty croak – is loud and unmistakeable.

The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America.  And – little know fact – Stanley Park is home to one of the biggest urban great blue heron colonies on the continent. Last year, herons built 110 nests in the park and reared 100 little heron fledglings.  This month, they’re at it again — back at their nesting grounds near the tennis courts and dazzling park visitors.

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Great Blue Herons Back at Stanley Park