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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.
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 . . .
Cockroaches, next to rats, are the nastiest creatures in the pest control business. These eerie crawlies are flat, brown and their shells are greasy to touch. Yes, just writing this sends shivers . . .
A longer milder spring and a warmer winter so far has left us with more rats than usual this time of year. The warmer it is the more rodents survive. In Delta, with a substantial shipping industry . . .
So we are in mid January now and carpenter ants are popping up around your house, what is up with that? So you ask, are carpenter ants really active in the winter? Well it depends on were they are . . .
Your car is a warm, dry and undisturbed ideal shelter for feeding, nesting and breeding rodents. Rodents can cause significant damage to the car, damage that could end up costing you thousands of . . .
Twenty DNCBer’s broke in the New Year with our first chilly but dry Tuesday morning outing to White Rock and Blackie Spit Park. It was a particularly good birdy morning with lots of neat sightings . . .
A new study has discovered that leaf-cutter ant nests produce thousands of times more carbon dioxide than the adjacent soils do. In Costa Rica on the forest floor, leaf-cutter ant nests, that cover. . .
Chances are, there are toxins loitering around the corner in your home, often, when you don't even realize it. Here are four simple steps to make your house greener. Start slowly by replacing just. . .
Roof rats, also called black rats or ship rats, get their name from their need to be up high in trees and roofs. Roof rats rarely live longer than nine months, but females may give birth to as many. . .
New statistics released puts bed bugs as the 2018 Pest of the Year for the second consecutive year. Canadians searched for information about these pests an astounding 600,000 times during 2018. The. . .
I’m baaaaack! About 30 participants, including ten newbies, enjoyed a sunny Wednesday morning walk on our quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP). Lots of neat. . .
Pests are often thought of as spring-summer weather issue, but homeowners need to know that old person winter brings with it a ton of likely pest issues. Once the thermometer starts to drop and the. . .
Some pests like rats and mice are in fact more active in the winter as they search for somewhere to stay - indoors. Rats and mice aren’t hibernators, so they must continuously feed throughout the . . .
Christmas is coming and if you decided to purchase a real (once live) Christmas tree you should expect to bring in a few unexpected guests into your home, in the form of insects. A rough estimate . . .
Here is an example of a real story I hear far too often. You’re going through your work week morning routine, getting dressed and leaving for work when you see a rat running from your car when you . . .
Just like the notorious saying by the members of House Stark in Game of Thrones, “winter is coming,” this is also a warning to homeowners because your house, townhouse, condo or apartment is likely. . .
You know that the holidays or Christmas season is almost upon us as the grease ants start coming out. These tiny ants can stay in the walls for months but when the furnaces in homes begin to run a . . .
Rodent females create extra offspring after smelling odours (chemo-olfactory cues) produced by scared males. Fear of being torn apart and eaten can influence the size of populations. A study showed. . .
Often the first thing people think when they get itchy bites on their legs, arms or torso is I’ve been bitten by bed bugs. If you're concerned about the potential of bedbugs, knowing what sorts of . . .
The bushy tailed woodrat is the only native rat found in B.C. and has been spotted here in Delta. It is a large squirrel-like rodent with long dense fur and a bushy tail. Like all our local rats - . . .
How do ants communicate? And why do they crawl in lines? Ants use pheromones (a chemical substance produced and released into the environment by an animal or an insect, affecting the behaviour or . . .
Those inquisitive petite mice that spent the summer scavenging outside are now looking for a warm home to hide, eat and nest in while the weather turns to rain and dark days. Mice are attracted to . . .
The average lifespan of silverfish is between three months and eight years. Their survival includes avoiding predators, surviving without food and producing a lot of little silverfish. These little. . .
In most ant colonies, the ratio of worker ants to soldier ants remains constant at 90 to 95 per cent worker ants to 5 to 10 per cent soldiers. Ant colonies maintain the balance between soldiers and. . .
Have you ever noticed that most insects that you find dead in your house are belly up, or more specifically cockroaches? In the wild, outside of your house, it is not to likely that you will ever . . .
So you hear noises in your attic... OK you have squirrels, rats or mice. But after it’s been checked out there are no rodents in the attic, then it's most likely bats. Bats don’t usually seek out . . .
So does having a cat reduce the incidence of rats on your property? Well, almost every homeowner that I talk to say it does and that they rarely see or hear rats, until they actually do. Studies of. . .
Yes it is fall now but those nasty wasps have not given up yet. We are potentially going to have them stinging around until late October. So, what do you do to take the itch and pain out of a wasp . . .
There were an extraordinary number of wasps' nests in Delta this summer. We had to deal with almost three times as many service calls as last year. Delta was buzzing this summer – but not always in. . .
Fall means ripe peaches, apples, pears, figs and other fruit in Delta. Regrettably, it also means exploding populations of fruit flies heading right for that ripe fruit. Also known as vinegar flies. . .
Twenty-five folk enjoyed another beautiful Wednesday morning wandering around Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP) on our quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing. The tide was high, the weather was . . .