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Northern Biodiversity the Focus of Species at Risk

Northern Biodiversity the Focus of Species at Risk meeting
By Rick Taylor, Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum & Chair, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) on May 9, 2017
Canada’s north is home to some spectacular biodiversity – think Polar Bear, Narwhal, Walrus, Caribou, and a small songbird, the Northern Wheatear, that makes an astonishing 21,000 km migration (one way!) from wintering grounds in sub-Sahara Africa to breeding grounds in the Yukon! Worryingly, much of this biodiversity is at risk from habitat loss and over-harvest. Further, high-latitude regions of the world are among those experiencing the greatest degree of climate change, which is exacerbating declines and may prevent recovery.

Have you seen Henry?

Have you seen Henry?

April 14, 2017

Henry is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s (wild) resident Great Blue Heron. He has been a favorite among the guests and nature guides for several years now because he adds excellent commentary to our hourly tours! If you are a regular visitor to the park, you may have noticed that Henry has not been hanging around the West Side of the park lately, but don’t fear! While Great Blue Herons are generally solitary birds, once a year, in the spring, the birds get together to mate. It wont be long until Henry is back lounging around the large pond waiting to enthrall guests with his magical abilities to scoop fish out of the water and eat them whole! Henry is surprisingly easy to spot, and that may be thanks to the monopoly he has on the rainbow trout living in the ponds as he has grown quite large over the years! If you get a chance to come visit, I suggest to come around lunchtime, then, you just might be lucky enough to catch the nature guides feeding the fish; this is Henry’s favorite time of the day because the fish are easy pickings! I don’t think you have lived until you see a Great Blue Heron eating a live rainbow trout right in front of you!

Horticulture Training at the Garden

With around 6000 taxa of plants distributed over 10 different gardens, UBC Botanical Garden is a bona fide source of biodiversity in Vancouver. Helping maintain it is a small army of horticulturists that regularly incorporate new members into their ranks, some of whom come from the Garden’s Horticulture Training Program (HTP). Launched in 2012, it is the only full-time program of its kind in Metro Vancouver north of the Fraser River, and aims to teach the skills necessary to enter the field of horticulture through eight months of instruction, from late summer to spring.

Chef Challenge Profile: Barb Foster

Watch the live Chef Challenge | Sunday, Mar 5 | 1-3PM

Chef Barb Foster has been our Executive Chef since opening. Barb is incredibly caring and a great mentor to our kitchen team. Barb will participate in a friendly competition with another team member, Seb Vickers, on Sunday, March 5 from 1-3pm in the Diamond Head Room at the Summit Lodge.

 

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