Barbara Julian

Barbara Julian

Contemplating the crustacean IQ

Crabs, lobsters, shrimp and other crustaceans are more developed than once thought

Barbara Julian
Barbara Julian

Suburban Wild: Herons: Birds of Heaven

The heron remains among our most elegant and intriguing birds

Barbara Julian
Barbara Julian

Suburban Wild: Animal adaptations respond to humans’ noise

Making space for biophony doesn’t only protect wildlife, it enhances human health as well

Barbara Julian
Barbara Julian

Suburban Wild: Rats just wanna have fun

One of the most prolific of urban wildlife are fascinating creatures

Barbara Julian

Column: Silent shoreline? Common seabirds missing

Barbara Julian is a local writer and nature enthusiast. She writes here monthly on the suburban wildlife of Oak Bay.

Invisible tenants: garden offers home to ‘imported’ garter snakes

Suburban Wild columnist explores the humble garter snake

This northern elephant seal visited Willows Beach several years ago to moult.

Suburban WIld: Look what the sea washed up at Willows

Moulting female elephant seal pays local beach a visit

This northern elephant seal visited Willows Beach several years ago to moult.
Barbara Julian

Suburban Wild: Of dragons and ladies

Dragonflies and ladybugs have captured many an imagination with their colourful characteristics

Barbara Julian

Happy clams

The blissful lives of bivalves on Oak Bay beaches

Bountiful birdlife dominates Bowker estuary

Crows, gulls and geese happy at home where the creek meets the ocean

Suburban Wild: ‘Emerald necklace’ for Oak Bay?

Eco-corridors will suport wildlife of many varieties

Unexpected guests come calling

Otters pay a vist to an Oak Bay family's King George Terrace home