Posts Tagged 'Vancouver'

Problem persists

Lesley Fox on Metro Vancouver’s approach to beavers.

Make no mistake, cruel trapping is happening right here in our own backyards. Some of the worst offenders include the municipalities of Surrey, Langley, Richmond, Maple Ridge, and Pitt Meadows. Keep in mind traps not only kill beavers, but they have the potential to kill other wildlife and even our pets.

But despite years of local beaver trapping, the problem persists. This is largely because trapping is just a Band-Aid solution. No matter how much trapping is done, attractive habitat and an ongoing food source mean more beavers will return to the area.

Small thing

A look at the Vancouver Olympic Village’s giant sparrows.

The human-versus-nature power reversal explored in the film excites her, and is echoed in this installation. “We have a very kind of romantic relationship to nature and I’m interested in playing with that romantic notion and kind of inverting it, sort of like how the birds attack in the film,” she said recently, standing next to one of her gigantic sparrows. “And the scale of [the installation] has that similar effect, where our relationship to the birds has changed. Because normally when you’re on the plaza, you see little birds and you’re this giant thing. Here it’s the opposite: You’re the small thing in relationship to the giant birds.”

Inspires humility

At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver.

The skeleton of the 25-metre great blue whale, the largest animal ever to roam the planet, is suspended by just a few rods, poised dramatically in a lunge feeding position, its enormous jaw half open. The exhibit, which will be open to the public on May 22 for International Day of Biodiversity, is just one of two blue-whale displays in Canada, and the most accurate in the world.

Its sheer size inspires humility – and the effort behind its display is no less impressive.

Dolphin visit

Massive dolphin pod visits Metro Vancouver.

The dolphin display was just the latest in a series of rare sightings this week.

Yesterday and again this morning, a grey whale ventured into Vancouver’s False Creek, delighting hundreds of eager whale watchers, and another grey whale was spotted near Squamish on the weekend.

Expecting abandonment

Vancouver considers backyard hens.

A proposed plan that would allow Vancouver homeowners to keep up to four backyard hens for egg production comes before city council on Thursday.

If approved, the plan would include the construction of a $20,000 roost at the Vancouver Animal Control Shelter to house hens that have been abandoned or have been seized by bylaw officers.

Animal exploitation

A look at animal symbols prompted by boxing kangaroo controversy at Olympics.

Nations send messages with their choice of emblematic fauna and none is more unequivocal than America, which speaks volumes about itself with the majesty of the bald eagle.

The Australians speak of spirited defiance with their boxing kangaroo, the British of stoicism with their bulldog and the French of lunch with their Gallic rooster.

What Canadians were speaking of when they settled on the beaver is a question only you good people can answer, but before you do, consider what the grizzly speaks of. A 500-kilogram lump of angry fauna that gallops at 50 km/h speaks of simple, primitive, trouser-soiling fear.

And, with great respect, it’s a powerful symbol that Canada hasn’t exploited as much as it could have over the decades.

Olympic animals

Big cats at the big circus.

The Whistler Sliding Centre has noted several lynx sightings and so has the men’s downhill piste.

Now Chinese ice hockey Olympian Qi Kueting says she’s marking the upcoming Year of the Tiger in her own special way.

“We think the Chinese Spring Festival will bring us luck in these Games. We have brought over some toys, stuffed tigers, for good luck,” revealed Qi.



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