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Bill C-283 would establish a National Food Waste Awareness Day. File photo

Anti-Food Waste bill introduced by North Island-Powell River MP

Bill would establish awareness day, ask Minister of Agriculture to work towards ending food waste

Bill C-283 would establish a National Food Waste Awareness Day. File photo
Mandy Hobkirk, Biosphere-wide Blitz organizer and Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region coordinator, says BioBlitz data is used to examine the biodiversity and species richness of an area, and to see if there are changes over time such as fluctuations in populations or increases in invasive species. (Vancouver Island University photo)

Citizen scientists asked to look for bugs and birds in upcoming ‘BioBlitz’

VIU-based researchers studying biodiversity on the mid Island

Mandy Hobkirk, Biosphere-wide Blitz organizer and Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region coordinator, says BioBlitz data is used to examine the biodiversity and species richness of an area, and to see if there are changes over time such as fluctuations in populations or increases in invasive species. (Vancouver Island University photo)
Planting native trees and shrubs in the Campbell River Estuary. Watershed Restoration Technicians (from left) Callie Bouchard, Jacob Ke, Jessica Johnson. Watershed Restoration Coordinator (at right) Cory Cliffe. (Greenways Land Trust photo)
Planting native trees and shrubs in the Campbell River Estuary. Watershed Restoration Technicians (from left) Callie Bouchard, Jacob Ke, Jessica Johnson. Watershed Restoration Coordinator (at right) Cory Cliffe. (Greenways Land Trust photo)

New projects on North Island will restore and protect watersheds

“The people of the North Island are very proud of the natural beauty of their region”

Planting native trees and shrubs in the Campbell River Estuary. Watershed Restoration Technicians (from left) Callie Bouchard, Jacob Ke, Jessica Johnson. Watershed Restoration Coordinator (at right) Cory Cliffe. (Greenways Land Trust photo)
Planting native trees and shrubs in the Campbell River Estuary. Watershed Restoration Technicians (from left) Callie Bouchard, Jacob Ke, Jessica Johnson. Watershed Restoration Coordinator (at right) Cory Cliffe. (Greenways Land Trust photo)
Another great pic from PQB News reader Bob Alexander of Nanoose Bay. “Anna’s Hummingbird drying its wings during the recent snowstorm,” he said.

Your photos: Readers offer a sampling of their impressive photography skills

Gallery: Submissions capture incredible wildlife, scenery shots

Another great pic from PQB News reader Bob Alexander of Nanoose Bay. “Anna’s Hummingbird drying its wings during the recent snowstorm,” he said.
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Island conservation group says members targeted with harassment, vandalism

Police investigate pair of reports of mischief victims call pushback against conservation efforts

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The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)

Victoria’s artist in residence creates toll-free ‘Be Calm’ phone line

Phone line offers meditation, poetry, children’s laughter

The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)
(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

VIDEO: Beaver waddles through downtown Vancouver

‘Makin’ my way downtown…’

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)
Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)

Trouble’s a bruin: B.C. photographer’s images of grappling grizzlies garner international acclaim

Amazing photos taken on trip to Tahumming River in Toba Inlet picked up by Daily Mail in Britain

Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)
Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)

Trouble’s a bruin: Parksville photographer’s images of grappling grizzlies garner international acclaim

Amazing photos taken on trip to Tahumming River in Toba Inlet picked up by Daily Mail in Britain

Two giant grizzly bears engaged in a territorial fight. (Wayne Duke photo)
The Bateman Foundation’s outdoor learning program starts Oct. 10. Registration is $120 for juniors and $126 for adults. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)

Nature Sketch program returns in Victoria with COVID-19 safety protocols

Bateman Foundation reintroduces in-person wildlife and art lessons

The Bateman Foundation’s outdoor learning program starts Oct. 10. Registration is $120 for juniors and $126 for adults. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)
The French Creek House Ltd. development, in yellow, located near the French Creek Marina. (Bob Colclough map)
The French Creek House Ltd. development, in yellow, located near the French Creek Marina. (Bob Colclough map)
Bats may roost in unusual places this time of year as they leave summer roosts. (L. Parker photo)

Bats behaving oddly is a late summer natural phenomenon, says B.C. program coordinator

Pups in strange places as they move out on their own for the first time

Bats may roost in unusual places this time of year as they leave summer roosts. (L. Parker photo)
A black bear was seen roaming around a residence in Errington in the morning of July 17. (Photo submitted)

Black bear spotted roaming around Errington residence

Homeowner keeps garbage locked in a shed

A black bear was seen roaming around a residence in Errington in the morning of July 17. (Photo submitted)
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)
Laurie Morphet was hiking on Mt. Arrowsmith when she spotted a rare Vancouver Island Marmot near the peak. (Laurie Morphet photo)

Several unique-to-Canada species found in B.C., on Vancouver Island

New study shows West Coast is a hot spot of endemic plants, animals, insects

Laurie Morphet was hiking on Mt. Arrowsmith when she spotted a rare Vancouver Island Marmot near the peak. (Laurie Morphet photo)
A white raven spotted in a logged-off area near the end of Chatsworth Road in Whiskey Creek. (John Domovich photo)

Iconic white raven returns to Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Photographer John Domovich: ‘It blew me away when I first observed it’

A white raven spotted in a logged-off area near the end of Chatsworth Road in Whiskey Creek. (John Domovich photo)
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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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English ivy that slowly engulfs trees in Bowen Park and elsewhere in Nanaimo is one of several invasive plant species the City of Nanaimo wants to control or eradicate to preserve the region’s natural ecology. The city will set up a drop off zone in Bowen Park on May 30. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

City of Nanaimo to hold invasive plant ‘drop zone’ event

Public invited to bring invasive plants to Bowen Park’s upper picnic shelter Saturday, May 30

English ivy that slowly engulfs trees in Bowen Park and elsewhere in Nanaimo is one of several invasive plant species the City of Nanaimo wants to control or eradicate to preserve the region’s natural ecology. The city will set up a drop off zone in Bowen Park on May 30. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A young turkey vulture was the beneficiary of a rescue attempt after it was attacked by an eagle and left to drown in Departure Bay on the weekend. (Hilary Eastmure photo)

Nanaimo kayakers try their best to save turkey vulture attacked by eagles

Long-weekend paddle in Departure Bay turns into wildlife rescue attempt

A young turkey vulture was the beneficiary of a rescue attempt after it was attacked by an eagle and left to drown in Departure Bay on the weekend. (Hilary Eastmure photo)
Photo submitted by Bernadette Woit.

YOUR PHOTOS: A collection of pictures shared by our many talented readers

Readers from the Parksville-Qualicum area share what spring has been looking like in their area

  • May 21, 2020
Photo submitted by Bernadette Woit.