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VIDEO: Invasive lizard population spreads across Vancouver Island

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

 

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

 

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

 

From left, Karen Cummins, Suzanne Gravelle and Ted Grainger pose with the winner of this year’s Comox Valley Nature Tree of the Year contest - a western yew, located in the Cumberland Community Forest. Photo by Dianne Grainger.

Comox Valley’s ‘Tree of the Year’ unveiled

By Kerri Scott Special to The Record For the first time in…

  • Jun 11, 2021
From left, Karen Cummins, Suzanne Gravelle and Ted Grainger pose with the winner of this year’s Comox Valley Nature Tree of the Year contest - a western yew, located in the Cumberland Community Forest. Photo by Dianne Grainger.
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)
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)
Tree #10 is a western yew in Cumberland Community Forest, which was nominated by Ted Grainger, who also took this photo.

Finalists announced for Comox Valley Nature’s 2021 Tree of the Year

The Comox Valley Nature 2021 Tree of the Year finalists have been…

Tree #10 is a western yew in Cumberland Community Forest, which was nominated by Ted Grainger, who also took this photo.
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)
Comox Valley Nature is in search of the community's 2021 Tree of The Year. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Comox Valley Nature accepting nominations for ‘Tree of the Year’ contest

Submitted to The Record Comox Valley Nature’s (CVN) annual contest, now in…

  • Jan 20, 2021
Comox Valley Nature is in search of the community's 2021 Tree of The Year. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Jason Toft is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Since 2000 he has focused on nearshore restoration and the effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. He will be giving an online lecture on the topic of shoreline restoration Sunday, Jan. 17. Photo supplied.
Jason Toft is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Since 2000 he has focused on nearshore restoration and the effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. He will be giving an online lecture on the topic of shoreline restoration Sunday, Jan. 17. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley Nature hosts online lecture on the topic of shoreline restoration

Comox Valley Nature is hosting an online lecture by Jason Toft, entitled…

  • Jan 12, 2021
Jason Toft is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Since 2000 he has focused on nearshore restoration and the effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. He will be giving an online lecture on the topic of shoreline restoration Sunday, Jan. 17. Photo supplied.
Jason Toft is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Since 2000 he has focused on nearshore restoration and the effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. He will be giving an online lecture on the topic of shoreline restoration Sunday, Jan. 17. Photo supplied.
(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

VIDEO: Beaver waddles through downtown Vancouver

‘Makin’ my way downtown…’

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)
Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)

Trouble’s a bruin: B.C. photographer’s images of grappling grizzlies garner international acclaim

Amazing photos taken on trip to Tahumming River in Toba Inlet picked up by Daily Mail in Britain

Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)
Natalie Mahara will lead a discussion on the impacts of microplastics in our area. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Nature hosts online discussion about the impacts of microplastics in the Salish Sea

Comox Valley Nature is hosting an online lecture by Natalie Mahara. The…

  • Nov 11, 2020
Natalie Mahara will lead a discussion on the impacts of microplastics in our area. Photo supplied
Comox Valley Nature is hosting a webinar about humpback whales on Oct. 18. (Photo credit: Jared Towers, MERS, Marine Mammal License MML-42)

Comox Valley Nature hosting humpback whale webinar

“Return of the Giants” to be aired Oct. 18

  • Oct 13, 2020
Comox Valley Nature is hosting a webinar about humpback whales on Oct. 18. (Photo credit: Jared Towers, MERS, Marine Mammal License MML-42)
Comox Valley Nature is hosting an online lecture by Dan Strickland. The lecture, entitled “2020 Update on Paradise Meadows Canada Jay Research” is on Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Nature hosting webinar about the Canada jay

Dan Strickland presents findings of his research into the popular Strathcona Park bird

  • Sep 15, 2020
Comox Valley Nature is hosting an online lecture by Dan Strickland. The lecture, entitled “2020 Update on Paradise Meadows Canada Jay Research” is on Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m. Photo supplied
In July 2020, Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow captured a slow-motion video of an eagle fishing for its next meal near Bowen Island. (Screenshot of video)

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

In July 2020, Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow captured a slow-motion video of an eagle fishing for its next meal near Bowen Island. (Screenshot of video)
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VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

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Amateur photographer captured this photograph on April 28, 2020 of a leucistic Canada Goose on a Chilliwack waterway. (William Snow photo)

Amateur B.C. photographer captures rare pale-coloured Canada Goose

Bird with the condition ‘leucism’ appears almost ghostlike

Amateur photographer captured this photograph on April 28, 2020 of a leucistic Canada Goose on a Chilliwack waterway. (William Snow photo)
5 ways to connect with nature at the Brant Wildlife Festival!

5 ways to connect with nature at the Brant Wildlife Festival!

Vancouver Island residents invited to visit Parksville-Qualicum during annual spring celebration

  • Mar 2, 2020
5 ways to connect with nature at the Brant Wildlife Festival!
The best thing a flower-lover can do is buy locally to reduce the travel-related carbon footprint, says Julia Zini. (Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Flower fans push industry to be more eco-conscious

Vancouver shop owner Rosemin Jutha says she buys 90 per cent of her flowers from United Flower Growers

The best thing a flower-lover can do is buy locally to reduce the travel-related carbon footprint, says Julia Zini. (Black Press Media)