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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist III: Insects

“Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine.” Edward O. Wilson When we consider biodiversity, no single taxonomic group that we can readily observe comes close to the insects. The estimates of the number of extant … Continue reading

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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist II: Invertebrates Other than Insects

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau For as long as I can remember, insects, spiders and other arthropods have fascinated me. Some of my earliest memories include watching huge European fishing … Continue reading

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Harewood Plains – Nanaimo’s flowering jewel!

It has been a while since I wrote a blog. The splendour of Harewood Plains in bloom has provided the inspiration to get one done. I hope you enjoy it! In late April through May, Harewood Plains in Nanaimo puts … Continue reading

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Living in Paradise

It is human nature to take our environment for granted. Once in a while we get a reminder of how privileged we are living where we do, particularly if we enjoy being out in forest and field. That is certainly … Continue reading

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Money, so they say is the root of all evil today

Money, it’s a crime Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie Money, so they say Is the root of all evil today But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re giving none … Continue reading

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A naturalist in Hawai’i Part II: Birdwatching.

There is something special about seeing a bird species you have never seen before – a so-called ‘lifer’ in birder language. Birdwatching is the fastest growing hobby in North America, and throughout the world birders are spending lots of money … Continue reading

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A whale of a dilemma

Right now I am reading “The Killer Whale who changed the world” by Mark Leiren-Young , which tells the story of the first orca, or killer whale, that was captured live and kept in captivity for a brief period before … Continue reading

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