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>Robin Migration

| American Robin, Migration Corridors, Spring storm

> American Robin Photo by Larry Halverson Length of daylight is one of the main bird migration influences. However ornithologist, Rick Howie says “the northward movement of Robins often matches a line across North America where the average temperature is 2 degrees centigrade. As temperatures warm and this “isotherm” moves northward, the majority of robins follow it.”  [&hellip

>Canada Goose Nesting Platforms

| Nesting

> Canada Goose nesting platforms dot the wetlands along the Columbia River. Photo by Larry Halverson The local Rod and Gun clubs along with Ducks Unlimited established these platforms many years ago as a way to help nesting geese from having their eggs flooded from rising waters. In fact one of CWSP members The Golden District [&hellip

>Tundra Swans

| Migration Corridors

> Spring Migration – Photo by Larry Halverson The first Tundra Swan this spring (a single bird) was spotted in the Athalmer sloughs on March 7th. By March 18th the swan numbers increased to over 50.  The Columbia Valley is one of 3 main migration corridors for swans moving through British Columbia from their wintering [&hellip

>Muskrat Lodge

| Ecosystem Indicators, lodge, monitoring. birds, rodent

> Muskrat Lodge near Wilmer, BCPhoto by Larry Halverson Muskrats are an important player in wetland ecosystems. Their influence on vegetative structure can affect invertebrate communities as well as bird abundance and diversity. Muskrats are a food source for a number of animals like mink, coyotes and eagles. Muskrats can also serve as indicators of [&hellip

>Nocturnal Owl Survey

| Bird Survey, monitoring. birds

> Photo by Larry Halverson Great Horned is one of the most common owls in the Columbia Wetlands. It also the earliest nesting owl so now is time to hear them calling. Most species of owls are secretive and nocturnal, making population monitoring a difficult science. Fortunately, volunteer owl surveyors across Canada are listening for owl calls [&hellip

>Chickadee Love Song

| birds, matting, Song

> Black-capped Chickadees in the Columbia Valley have already been heard singing their love song Most everyone can identify the bird that sings a rapid, nasal Chickadee-dee-dee. It is the call the Chickadee uses to challenge intruder or to express alarm and it can be heard anytime during the year. However in April, which is the beginning of the courtship [&hellip

>Wings Over the Rockies

| Bird Festival, education

> Wings Over The Rockies Celebrates it ‘s 15th Year Columbia Wetland Stewardship Partners are once again involved in ths years celebration of the incredible bio-diversity of life in the Wetlands of the upper Columbia Valley. Participants can chose from over 70 high quality educational events including a wide variety of field trips, river paddles, [&hellip

>Living Next To The Grocery Store

| Baldg Eagles, Cotton Wood Trees, Great Blue Heron, Predation

>  Great Blue Heron Rookery — Columbia Valley National Wildlife Area. Wilmer, BC Photo by Larry Halverson The larger nest on the right belongs to a Bald Eagle. Eagles are known to chase herons off their nests and prey on the hatchlings left behind.  So for this eagle it must be like living next to the grocery [&hellip

>Beaver Scent Mounds

| beaver, Mammal, territory behaviour

> Beaver Scent Mound – Columbia River Feb. 14, 2011 Since beavers are primarily nocturnal they rely more on smell than visual communications.  February is the beaver’s breeding season and the time of year that male beavers are busy building scent mounds. The mounds are made of mud and are topped off with a yellowish [&hellip

>Bald Eagle Nest Building

| Bald Eagles, Nesting

> Photo by Bram Rossman/ ExtremeXposures.ca On February 18, 2011 Bram Rossman photographed this Bald Eagle packing a stick back to its nest at Windermere beach, BC Bald Eagles tend to return to the same nest year after year but often make renovations each spring – adding new sticks and twigs to the old nest. [&hellip

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