Nature

A happy, well-fed bear cub plays in the grass in northern B.C. (John Marriott photo)

Bear witness: Shuswap’s John Marriott offers intimate look at black, polar and grizzly bears

Sarah Elmeligi and Marriott’s What Bears Teach Us explores bear/human co-existence

 

The “perfect storm” of environmental factors has contributed to a higher amount than normal of black widows being spotted across the Okanagan. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

‘Perfect storm’ causes influx of black widows in the Okanagan

The region’s only venomous spider has come out in full force this year

 

The Regional District of North Okanagan is removing the abandoned Noble Canyon water utility near Lavington to help restore the Coldstream Creek to its natural state. (RDNO photo)

Work being done to restore Coldstream Creek’s natural habitat

Regional district removing legacy drinking water infrastructure abandoned more than 20 years ago

 

A fallen tree has closed access to Polson Park off Polson Drive Tuesday, July 21. City of Vernon crews are working to get the trail reopen. (City of Vernon photo)

Fallen tree closes part of Vernon park trail

Access to Polson Park from Polson Drive cut off by fallen tree Tuesday, July 21

A fallen tree has closed access to Polson Park off Polson Drive Tuesday, July 21. City of Vernon crews are working to get the trail reopen. (City of Vernon photo)
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)
Allan Brooks Nature Centre manager Cheryl Hood welcomes guests to check out the new log structure, donated by Mardan Enterprises and Nokomis Landscaping, at the entrance to the centre, which opens to the public under strict COVID-19 rules Wednesday, July 1. The log structure is one of several new items to the centre, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon nature centre celebrates 20 years

Popular attraction opens July 1 with new play area, view boards and displays, and COVID rules

Allan Brooks Nature Centre manager Cheryl Hood welcomes guests to check out the new log structure, donated by Mardan Enterprises and Nokomis Landscaping, at the entrance to the centre, which opens to the public under strict COVID-19 rules Wednesday, July 1. The log structure is one of several new items to the centre, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
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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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Restrictions still apply to Vernon heron rookery

Restrictions still apply to Vernon heron rookery

A local developer asked council to waive protections following further land surveying

Restrictions still apply to Vernon heron rookery
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)
A newborn feral foal sustained injuries from a fall on the Kettle Valley Railway trail near Penticton. The foal was later euthanized. (Contributed)

Newborn feral foal euthanized after fall

Incident on Kettle Valley Railway trail near Penticton occurred Sunday morning

A newborn feral foal sustained injuries from a fall on the Kettle Valley Railway trail near Penticton. The foal was later euthanized. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre may be closed due to COVID-19 but it’s still reaching out to parents and teachers for online resources. (File photo)

Vernon nature centre offers resources for parents, teachers

Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s doors are closed but they can still be a valuable teaching tool

Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre may be closed due to COVID-19 but it’s still reaching out to parents and teachers for online resources. (File photo)
Cheryl Hood of Spallumcheen is the new manager at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. (Photo submitted)

Vernon nature centre hires Spallumcheen woman as manager

Cheryl Hood brings diverse experience and a love of nature to the position

Cheryl Hood of Spallumcheen is the new manager at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. (Photo submitted)
A Vernon urban beekeeper of seven years, Dawn Tucker, is reminding neighbours to leave swarms alone as bees look to re-home. (Dawn Tucker)

Leave swarms alone, says Vernon urban beekeeper

‘It’s a good thing to remember that bees are our friends’: Dawn Tucker

A Vernon urban beekeeper of seven years, Dawn Tucker, is reminding neighbours to leave swarms alone as bees look to re-home. (Dawn Tucker)
Vernon-based photographer Carla Hunt caught two giant blue herons hanging out on Cool Pond in the BX on camera in March 2020. (Carla Hunt Photography)

Seeing double: 2 great blue herons caught by Vernon shutterbug

Image perfect reminder spring has sprung in the Okanagan

Vernon-based photographer Carla Hunt caught two giant blue herons hanging out on Cool Pond in the BX on camera in March 2020. (Carla Hunt Photography)
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)
Although global warming is usually reported in terms of average degrees per year, climatologists say that’s not how it’s actually experienced. (Black Press Media file photos)

Research shows climate change silencing spots once buzzing with bees

Bees have faced a series of threats for years, including habitat loss, parasites and pesticide use

Although global warming is usually reported in terms of average degrees per year, climatologists say that’s not how it’s actually experienced. (Black Press Media file photos)
Unique ice waves glistened in the setting sun near Woods Lake’s shore at Oyama. (District of Lake Country Photo)

Video: Ice waves make for beautiful evening in Lake Country

Melting ice and high winds put on a show near Oyama

Unique ice waves glistened in the setting sun near Woods Lake’s shore at Oyama. (District of Lake Country Photo)
The yellow-rumped warbler tends to arrive on Vancouver Island in early March. (Black Press Media file)

Despite reports of decline, birds flocking to national parks in Canadian Rockies

Recent studies suggest overall bird population has slid by three billion since 1970

The yellow-rumped warbler tends to arrive on Vancouver Island in early March. (Black Press Media file)
Stream Science comes courtesy of an $8,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant awarded to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre by the Okanagan Basin Water Board. (Pixabay)

Vernon students to study the health of local rivers

The new Science Stream program is coming this September at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre

  • Sep 4, 2019
Stream Science comes courtesy of an $8,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant awarded to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre by the Okanagan Basin Water Board. (Pixabay)
Photographer Dave Hutchison Captures The Natural World

Photographer Dave Hutchison Captures The Natural World

Award winning photography of beautiful landscapes and wildlife

  • Nov 16, 2018
Photographer Dave Hutchison Captures The Natural World