It’s Time for the Birds and the Bees in Stanley Park

This post originally appeared on Miss604 on behalf of Stanley Park Ecology Society. Ah, Valentine’s Day: the first rite of spring, when our fancy turns to thoughts of courtship and romance. In Stanley Park, we’ll be celebrating the occasion with a special guided walk with historian extraordinaire Jolene Cummings. She’ll help us explore the park’s …

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Seagulls

They’re loud, greedy, invasive, polluting and aggressive. They eat anything that moves and a lot of things that don’t. Hate them if you will, but seagulls are 100% badass. Here are the secrets to their astounding success. 1. Communicate. Loudly. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. “They screech and they squawk; you call that communicating?” …

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Slumming with Sloths in Costa Rica

Almost everything you do on the ground, sloths do in the trees, upside-down and in slow motion. They’re the Ginger Rogers of the animal kingdom. I’m staring straight at it, and I can’t see a thing. I’m standing in the sweltering, sticky afternoon air of Costa Rica’s Atlantic rain forest, squinting, craning my neck, shifting …

It’s a great summer to be a tiger swallowtail

On a recent trip to beautiful Manitoba, we stopped for lunch at Pinawa Dam and I ended up spending the entire time chasing these guys. I’m a sucker for butterflies but they so rarely cooperate with me and my telephoto lens. These Canadian tiger swallowtails (Papilio canadensis) were really intent on getting a bit of …

The Canada Goose Problem

Why are Canada geese nesting and pooping all over our cities? ‘Tis the season for goslings again: adorable, fluffy, peeping, traffic-stopping broods of wee Canada geese, following their parents through all sorts of inappropriate and dangerous areas. As a result, many of us who work or volunteer in parks, sanctuaries, animal hospitals, etc. find ourselves …