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04-May: Herons, Hummingbirds, and Hawks of Bowen Island

An overview of Bowen’s special birds

Our 2019 speaker series continued on May 4th with a talk by Sue Ellen Fast on “Herons, Hummingbirds, and Hawks of Bowen Island”.

We learned about Bowen’s special birdlife, with the help of the Bowen Nature Club’s checklist, slides, and a few bones and feathers. A highlight was the latest about our nesting colony of Great Blue Herons, still producing chicks after twenty years, in spite of everything. A conservation success story worthy of such a such a beautiful and protected part of the world!

Winter birds include hummingbirds these days, along with dramatic flocks of sea ducks. We also shared observations about how birdlife on Bowen has changed, and took a checklist away to use on the trails.

About Sue Ellen

Sue Ellen is a Bowen Island municipal councillor and Islands Trust Vice-Chair. She is a conservation and learning consultant with years of experience connecting children and families to nature, and a background in wildlife biology. Sue Ellen was chair of the Bowen Island Conservancy for nine years, belongs to the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council, and lives here on Bowen Island.