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Cougars sneak into Port Moody Millennium Line station

While TransLink usually deals with human fare evaders, two cougars managed to bypass security and wander the tracks on the Evergreen extension of the Millennium Line on Friday morning. In the security footage below, TransLink stated in their Facebook post that the felines triggered the guideway intrusion alarm as they walked through the Inlet Centre station in Port Moody.

The late night visit took place just after 4:00 am PDT, well after transit service concluded for the day. Transit staff checked track-side fences and involved the BC Conservation Officers for assistance. Inlet Centre station sits below Barnet Highway and is not elevated.

Cat red-handed… A pair of cougars set off the intrusion alarm last night at Inlet Station on the Evergreen Extension. The meow-nificent pair were spotted on CCTV walking along the guideway through the station! Morning staff searched the line and were unable to find the animals before morning service began. We're not pawsitive how the duo gained access to the guideway, and we will be inspecting fencing along the line to ensure there are no holes or obvious ways for wildlife to get inside. All stations have closed circuit cameras which allow us to see what triggers intrusion alarms at any point. While this incident involving cougars is a first, it's not uncommon to see wildlife on the system. Our staff worked closely with Conservation Officers for guidance and will closely watch the station for signs of the clawver cats return. ^sk

Posted by TransLink on Friday, April 21, 2017

Source: TransLink


Over the last few weeks, plenty of eagles have chosen to congregate in Delta. While stopping alongside the highway wasn’t a really great option, nearby Deas Island Regional Park is a safer spot where you can find these majestic birds perched on the bare tree branches.

An eagle surveys his surroundings from a tree in Deas Island Regional Park.

Texas Sunset

Driving through Texas is something akin to a tedious chore, but rewarding at certain times. With the sun setting after a lengthy road trip across the Lone Star state, my friend lowered my window so I could take in the scenery and cooling temperatures (and ease up on the air conditioning).

Camera in hand, I snapped a couple of shots of the endless South Texas plains just at that perfect time where the sun melts into the horizon.

Texas Sunset

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

A Bonaparte’s Gull glides effortlessly over the calm waters of Qualicum Beach on a warm spring morning. The beach is always a busy place with gulls and the occasional eagle looking for a snack.

Creatures of Stanley Park part 3

Spring is always a great time to be out and about in Stanley Park. Lost Lagoon is probably the best place to do bird watching with geese, swans, herons and a wide assortment of ducks plying the waters.

A Canada Goose monitors the pedestrians along Lost Lagoon. A wood duck floats in Lost Lagoon About as close as you'd want to get to a swan.
A lesser scaup plies the water of Lost Lagoon. A wood duck rushes towards the calm waters of Lost Lagoon. A common merganser makes waves among the other ducks in Lost Lagoon.

Stanley Park heron camera gets upgrade

Heron looking for food in Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon

Heron looking for food in Lost Lagoon

Watching Stanley Park’s herons just got better thanks to the installation of a $4,900 high-definition camera. The new camera replaces an existing standard-definition setup and gives viewers the ability to select from 13 different viewing angles.

The colony occupies space behind the park board offices in the park, is home to some 300 Pacific Great Blue herons. 175 herons were born in 2015.

Pacific Great Blue herons are an at risk species, with one-third of the birds in the world residing here around the Salish Sea.

The first baby chicks begin to hatch in early April.

Click here to access the camera on the City of Vancouver’s web site.

Sources: CBC, City of Vancouver

Dolphins greet a ferry in the Strait of Georgia

A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins!

A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins!

On a grey Tuesday, the otherwise boring ferry ride between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo was brightened up with a visit from the locals. A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins swam alongside the vessel, intermittently breaking through the surface before disappearing back under the waves. This continued for a few minutes before they were out of sight. A few stragglers continued to appear before they too vanished into the distance.





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Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery from a lazy Saturday afternoon

You can tell it’s fall. The days are a little shorter, the trees start changing colour and the adult salmon have returned to the rivers. The Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island provides an excellent opportunity to watch coho, chinook and chum salmon battle for the best spots in the rocky recesses of the spawning channels. While there’s a lot of activity, the cycle of life is quite evident in the water.

Leafy-lined trails that wind between the river and spawning channels offer views of other local wildlife, including birds and the occasional bear.

For directions to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery, operating hours and database on the salmon, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada web site. If you want to see the salmon, now is the best time to go!

Salmon in the spawning channel A crayfish scurries among the rocks in the spawning channel Little Qualicum River
A robin rests in a tree. Salmon swim up the shallow waters of the Little Qualicum River A large salmon splashes in the spawning channel
If this fish was any further out of the water, he'd need legs! Spawning channel Crows feast on some fresh salmon sashimi

More photos are available on Gallery.

Creatures of Stanley Park part 2

Given that this weekend was sunny and warm, many of Stanley Park’s animal residents came out to enjoy this fantastic weather. The shores around Lost Lagoon are arguably the most active as many waterfowl and critters scavenge it for food or simply call the lake home.

With a little patience and a 55-300mm zoom lens, I was rewarded with scenes of nature in action. Families of Canada geese with their goslings, swans building up their nest to protect the eggs, ducks plying the waters for food, and turtles bathing in the bright sunshine. View the rest on Gallery.

A family of geese cross Stanley Park Drive. A gosling tries to scratch itself while taking a break looking for food. Two dragonflies are either in the midst of reproduction, or some-sort of silliness.
A turtle is working on his tan out in Lost Lagoon. A wood duck floats along the waters of Lost Lagoon. Swans looking after their nest on the shore of Lost Lagoon.

Wyland’s orca mural gone

Wyland's Orca Mural

The iconic Wyland Orca Mural at the north end of the Granville Street Bridge.

Robert Wyland’s beautiful mural of a pod of orcas plying the coastal waters is no longer greeting visitors driving into Vancouver’s downtown core off the Granville Street Bridge.

The massive work of art, completed in 1994, covered the entire south-western facing wall, save for the centre portion, of the Continental Hotel at the north end of the Granville Street Bridge. It was touched up in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Unfortunately, the structure hosting the painting is being torn down to make way for a new development.

There are nearly 100 of Wyland’s Whaling Wall murals around the world, featuring orcas, gray whales, humpback whales, and blue whales. Another of these works is that of a family of gray whales which is still visible in White Rock.

Sources: Global News, Wikipedia, Twitter


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