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Tom Bearss, President of the Delta Naturalists’ Society (DNS), leads a weekly outing of casual birders to various destinations, mostly to birding hotspots in the BC lower mainland. He, or another DNS member, writes a report on each outing of these Delta Nats Casual Birders (aka DNCBers) which you can see on this Optimist blog. You can also see past reports, photos and other information on the Delta Nats on their website at: www.dncb.wordpress.com. DNCB outings are free and open to anyone to participate. They are currently on Tuesday mornings, meeting at and leaving from Petra's by L'Aromas in Tsawwassen at 7:30 a.m. Future outing destinations and outing changes can be seen on the DNCB website.
Bearss is a retired Canadian Trade Commissioner/diplomat who has been a “casual birder” and naturalist for 30+ years. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and has lived in and/or travelled to many parts of the world (e.g. New York, Western Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, etc.), but chose to retire with his family in Ladner in 2006. He currently stays active with the DNS, leading bird outings, playing hockey and golf, and especially grand parenting his 2-year-old granddaughter. He lives with wife Sandra of 42 years, and their two children Scott (39) and Erica (36) also reside nearby in Delta.
As a long-time South Delta resident, Go Green Pest Control’s owner Randy Bilesky, a former forester, has always appreciated Delta’s abundant natural environment, the well-being of his neighbours and the healthy lifestyle of West Coast living. He also has experience in home renovation, so he knows where and what to look for when assessing a property for pests and pest damage. Trained and certified, Randy and his team at Go Green Pest Control have first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owner's encounter and can provide various solutions to solve and prevent pest problems of any kind. Environmentally-friendly and humane removal techniques are used when possible to control pests and minimize any impact to the surroundings.
It’s the time of year when reports of raccoons wreaking havoc is on the rise. Raccoons are nocturnal mammals common throughout the Lower Mainland. These clever creatures have nimble hands and are . . .
Homeowners and local farmers hope that populations of voles regress after reaching record levels the last couple years. Voles live underground forming connected tunnels from which they can consume . . .
Antlion or the doodlebug are named for the rapacious ways of the larva, which trap small insects in a pit that it has dug into the ground. The Doodlebug larva digs a cone shaped pit from 2 to 5 cm . . .
Every year when the weather starts to turn chilly, the smelly brown marmorated stink bug looks to get into a nice cozy home. As clearly stated in their name, anyone with a keen sense of smell will . . .
I know it’s not just me because this year ever house that I’ve been to has had sowbugs around their house. Despite their name, sowbugs are land-living crustacean, not really bugs -- they are a kind. . .
Late summer every year, fruit flies invade homes that have ripe, rotting, or decayed fruit (liquor and liquor/beer bottles) and many times the flies are actually coming from the store you purchased. . .
If you park your car outdoors at night, be wary as mice and rats are drawn to warmth of car's engine and the soy bean insulation buffet. If could be looking at hundreds of dollars for rodent damage. . .
Wasps play many ecological roles as predator and/or pollinators, whether to forage for themselves or to provision their nests. The solitary wasps parasitize nearly all pest insects, making them the. . .
Mid-August onward, wasps are particularly troublesome as they are switching over from carbohydrates to a protein diet and therefore they are more attracted to human foods. So how do you avoid being. . .
A typical wasp and hornet nest can contain as many as 6,000 insects and grow to the size of a beachball. But now, these super nests (16,000 wasps) are cropping up this summer, as a side effect of a. . .
When it comes to selecting between the best squirrel-proof bird feeder brands, research and creating designs with better technology, finishes and makes is very important. No matter whether you are . . .
So where did these nasty ants come from because they surely didn’t come from here. It is believed that they came to North America on a shipment of cargo back in the 1930s. So, how did they get in . . .
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe, respiratory disease that can be lethal and is spread through infected rodent droppings, urine or drool. A person can contract the virus by breathing. . .
A recent survey on honey bees reveals that the 2018/2019 winter resulted in a extremely large die-off - as upwards of 40 per cent of their population was lost over the winter. Fewer honeybees is an. . .
The ants of Delta are among the most successful of all existing insects. There are approximately 8,800 described species of ants in the world of which approximately 570 species are found in North . . .
Insect numbers are declining at an extraordinary rate and this is not a result of all the pests Go Green pest control deals with daily. Most insects are undeniably vital for the existence of many . . .
This year has seen a surge in tick sightings and another pest is indirectly to blame. With rising temperatures and land development we are seeing more rodents like rats, mice and squirrels coming . . .
“Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home” (children’s nursery rhyme). A amazing phenomenon was seen in San Diego last week, a giant rain cloud that turned out to be a swarm of lady beetles that measured . . .
It's that time again when new honey bee queens kick the old queens out and there is a swarm on the run. So what do you do if a swarm ends up in your yard? It is more important than ever that honey . . .
With a partially overcast day and rain showers predicted the undaunted DNCB birders set out in three vehicles from Petras and arrived at Colony Farm Regional Park (CFRP) far before the 8:30 meeting. . .
Here in Delta we have roughly six distinctly different ants all going about their business in different fashions. As different as they are in their activities - they all are basically ants, adult . . .
Stinging pests come in a variety of shapes and sizes that span numerous insect species. While the main issue is a stinger - body types, colours, and legs vary usually between insects such as bees, . . .
As spring comes to a close and summer travel season begins, you are reminded about Bed Bug Awareness Week. It's an important reminder that bed bugs can wreak havoc if brought home after traveling. . . .
The most familiar wasps we encounter live in large cooperative nests, like bald-faced hornets, yellowjackets and other wasps, yet the majority of wasp species are solitary and focused only on their. . .
House flies are major carriers of disease transferring ailments, including food poisoning, typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery that can be harmful to both humans and pets. They breed and . . .
As the season for spring cleaning, gardening, lawn cutting and general maintenance is in full swing there is always a chance that you may find baby wild animals in a shed or garage. Because these . . .
No they are not super heroes or villains but they are both parasitic creatures that live on hosts much larger than themselves. Ticks and fleas feed on the blood of their preferred hosts and spread . . .
The raccoon is a native animal to Delta, and is one of the most successful animals in our urban environment (next to rats of course). Raccoons have adapted well to rummaging through human garbage . . .
Twenty-eight DNCBers enjoyed a record warm (24C) Tuesday morning at Iona Regional Park. There were tonnes of birds around on this gorgeous walk, many in beautiful breeding plumage; check out some . . .
It's officially mason bee season and it's time to get last year's bee cocoons out or buy a bunch. I hung my mason bee house outside in a covered southerly exposed location and within a couple hours. . .
A large group of 35, including several Newbies, participated in our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park on Wednesday. It was a bit overcast but a very pleasant walk in . . .
Here we have two somewhat similar looking stinky creatures that use foul malodorous spray to fend off things they don’t like. Both striped polecats and skunks have coarse black fur with white spots. . .
Carpenter ants have become a widespread problem throughout Delta. They make their nests in damp, rotting, dead or perfectly dry wood and create passageways so they can easily circumnavigate through. . .
These insects create nests in wall or floor voids when indoors and target kitchen pantries and cupboards. They also nest outside and may crawl indoors through cracks and crevices in the foundation . . .
It was another cool but gorgeous Tuesday morning when 18 DNCBers walked the dike trail along De Boville Slough in Coquitlam, then drove somewhere in Maple Ridge to see the Northern Hawk Owl. Check . . .
Well I’m calling this year a total epidemic of unseen proportion with regards to grease ants. Never have we seen so many cases of grease ants in peoples homes as we are in 2019. Call outs for these. . .
Twelve DNCBers saw a lot of neat birds in relatively miserable weather on our Tuesday outing to Blaine and Semiahmoo State Park in Washington, USA. Check out the photo evidence on our Flickr site.. . .
Insects are at the bottom of every food chain yet at the top of the ecosystem because they’re are pollinators - therefore they are absolutely critical. Insects also play an important roles in our . . .
If you own a bird feeder (we call them rat feeders in the pest world), you’re likely to encounter some of these common problems. It’s difficult to attract birds to a feeder and not squirrels, mice,. . .
Ever wonder what to do with the cake trimmings when you are decorating a layered cake? When baked, light and airy cakes tend to “dome” up. If you plan to use it to layer a cake, or wish the surface. . .
Mice reproduce at an disturbing rate; a litter of six to eight every couple months. Although infestations happen year-round, it’s in the winter that we notice them most. These vermin can cause all . . .
Go Green Pest Control is warning that there has been a massive increase in the number of infestations lately, with the company recording a 55 per cent increase in call-outs from last January. Delta. . .
Twenty-one DNCBers enjoyed a gorgeous sunny Tuesday morning roaming around Lighthouse Marine Park and other spots in Point Roberts, USA. Check out the spectacular photo evidence on our Flickr site.. . .
Wasps, crickets and cockroaches play a dynamic part in the cross-fertilization of the non-photosynthetic plant (a plant mostly lacking in chlorophyll or a functional photosystem). As we all know, . . .
There are several earth-friendly mole control options for our customers, with moles issues being one of the most prevalent calls me take through-out the year. While some people believe that heavy . . .
Bugs and insects use toxins to hunt prey or help evade predators. So are they venomous and poisonous, we often use this interchangeably, but do they mean the same thing? Spiders are equipped with . . .