Nature

Kings Road Nature Space will be preserved through financial contributions from the City of Victoria and the District of Oak Bay, as requested by the District of Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay will contribute $75,000 towards Kings Road nature space

Funds saved from cancellation of Tea Party will go towards parkland

 

The Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers often come together in nature to help in hands-on ways. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive species in Oak Bay’s Uplands Park

Volunteer initiative on July 31 aims to bring like-minded volunteers together

 

A common wall lizard captured on a Victoria street. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Invasive lizard population spreads across Vancouver Island

Even record-breaking heat didn’t diminish European wall lizard population

 

The view from Oak Bay’s island park Mary Tod Island or Kohweechela. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: The view from Kohweechela – Oak Bay’s island park

Officially known as Mary Tod Island, it’s frequently referred to as Jimmy Chicken Island

The view from Oak Bay’s island park Mary Tod Island or Kohweechela. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Value Nature podcast producers Chantal MacDonald, left, and Lauren Ball stop for a selfie at Fairy Creek while gathering material for their third episode, which will discuss current old-growth logging protests. (Courtesy of Lauren Ball/Bateman Foundation)

Bateman Foundation podcast taps listeners into Greater Victoria environmental awareness

Episodes connect listeners with Indigenous understanding of nature

Value Nature podcast producers Chantal MacDonald, left, and Lauren Ball stop for a selfie at Fairy Creek while gathering material for their third episode, which will discuss current old-growth logging protests. (Courtesy of Lauren Ball/Bateman Foundation)
Passersby can now enjoy a view of the ocean along the McNeill Bay bluff with the clearing of invasive species underway. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Volunteers beat back invasive species along McNeill Bay bluff in Oak Bay

Massive project follows three decades of ecosystem restoration

Passersby can now enjoy a view of the ocean along the McNeill Bay bluff with the clearing of invasive species underway. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4M donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supports three land purchases in the Strait of Georgia

Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)
Although the process to prepare the snails is long, Revelstoke resident Hailey Ross said they are mighty tasty. (Contributed)

1 way to deal with invasive snails in B.C. is… to eat them?

Foraging for Roman snails, which are cooked in fancy dishes globally as escargot

Although the process to prepare the snails is long, Revelstoke resident Hailey Ross said they are mighty tasty. (Contributed)
The barred owl is the most likely to be spotted in the south Island. (Ann Nightingale photo)

Barred owls dominate Greater Victoria owl-scape

Western screech owl population decimated, partly due to barred owls

The barred owl is the most likely to be spotted in the south Island. (Ann Nightingale photo)
An online database allows people to examine the details of every city-owned tree in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Every Victoria-owned tree and its condition can be found online

Open dataset lets people pinpoint boulevard trees; other city datasets available for viewing

An online database allows people to examine the details of every city-owned tree in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Freaked by cicada swarms? You could just stick a fork in ‘em

Full of protein, gluten-free, low-fat and low-carb, cicadas are eaten by humans in many countries.

University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
From May 21 to 24, the Capital Regional District hosts a virtual Biodiversity Challenge in honour of the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22.

Picture this: Discover the biodiversity in your own backyard

CRD hosts a virtual Biodiversity Challenge … and the chance to win some awesome prizes!

  • May 17, 2021
From May 21 to 24, the Capital Regional District hosts a virtual Biodiversity Challenge in honour of the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22.
A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)

Legend continues as iconic white raven spotted once again on Vancouver Island

Sightings rare everywhere in world except for central Vancouver Island location

A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)
Donna Brower (left) and her daughter Carol Anne Penner, members of the Silver Swans – a quilting group of 12 ladies who meet at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary – with a mountain of masks they sewed. (Photo submitted by Julia Dawson)

Saanich quilting group nabs first prize in Volunteer BC photo contest

Silver Swans sewing club raised more than $12,000 for Swan Lake nature sanctuary

Donna Brower (left) and her daughter Carol Anne Penner, members of the Silver Swans – a quilting group of 12 ladies who meet at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary – with a mountain of masks they sewed. (Photo submitted by Julia Dawson)
The tribute to Fenwick Lansdowne officially lands in Oak Bay on March 29. (Courtesy Community Association of Oak Bay)

Grassroots project lands artist legacy in Oak Bay park

Tribute to famed bird painter Fenwick Lansdowne greets visitors to Queens’ Park

The tribute to Fenwick Lansdowne officially lands in Oak Bay on March 29. (Courtesy Community Association of Oak Bay)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)
An online workshop on Feb. 10 will provide the tools to map habitats in the region like the one frequented by the rough-skinned newt. (Photo contributed by the Habitat Acquisition Trust)

Greater Victoria program hosts free habitat mapping workshop

Tools provided support landowners, land managers and others interested in mapping

An online workshop on Feb. 10 will provide the tools to map habitats in the region like the one frequented by the rough-skinned newt. (Photo contributed by the Habitat Acquisition Trust)
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary volunteers and district staff built a new fence around a restoration site at the top of Christmas Hill after the first one was damaged by vandals in mid-January. (Swan Lake Nature/Twitter)

Team rebuilds fence vandals tore down at Saanich nature restoration site

No suspects identified, work underway to educate about purpose of fencing

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary volunteers and district staff built a new fence around a restoration site at the top of Christmas Hill after the first one was damaged by vandals in mid-January. (Swan Lake Nature/Twitter)
The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)

Victoria’s artist in residence creates toll-free ‘Be Calm’ phone line

Phone line offers meditation, poetry, children’s laughter

The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)
(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

VIDEO: Beaver waddles through downtown Vancouver

‘Makin’ my way downtown…’

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)