contribution from the Friends of Shoal Harbour
This the second time that a rare species has been documented in Shoal Harbour Sanctuary. The last was a Black Phoebe, another species that is extremely rare outside its southern range. It was observed under similar weather and climatic conditions in late June, 2011, as La Niña weather took shape
Ardent birders from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island converged on Roberts Bay on Friday, July 9th, to add a rare bird to their lists.
Laughing Gull feeding on the Roberts Bay mudflats, part of Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary on July 7th 2016, 13:01:03 PDT. This is the first photo-documented record for Canada’s west coast. (On the eve of the centenary of the first Migratory Bird Treaty).
Laughing Gull, a yearling bird, taking off with the much larger Glaucous-winged Gull, one of our common local gulls.
JULY 7, 2016 12:59 AM
Re: “Toxic-soil cleanup ends as Rock Bay declared safe,” July 5.
Thanks to Transport Canada and B.C. Hydro for cleaning up Rock Bay. Thanks to other federal departments (Public Works Canada and National Defence), many municipalities, the Capital Regional District, private enterprises, NGOs and an army of volunteers for cleaning, restoring and rewilding Victoria Harbour, the Gorge Waterway, the Selkirk Waterway and Esquimalt Harbour in recent decades.
Possibly $500 million has been spent; nobody really knows. Much remains to be done but our two main harbours have not been this clean in half a century. As a result, wildlife is staying and coming back. Clean waters and wildlife are fuelling urban renewal in a way that was unimaginable 60 years ago.
In early 2016, Nature Canada recognized the Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary (established Oct. 27, 1923), the first migratory bird sanctuary in Pacific Canada, as a NatureHood, a sanctuary with significant urban wildlife and a perfect place for urban Canadians and their children to connect with nature.
Jacques Sirois, chairman
Friends of Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary
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