Nature

This photo provided by Daniela C. Roessler in August 2022 shows a jumping spider (E. arcuata) exhibiting leg curling during a REM sleep-like state. A study published on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, suggests that jumping spiders show signs of sleep cycles, similar to humans and some animals. (Daniela C. Roessler via AP)

Do spiders sleep? Study suggests they may snooze like humans

Biologist: ’It was just the most unusual thing I’ve ever seen’

 

The Morkin property in Southern Alberta. (Brent Calver/Nature Conservancy of Canada)

Fill your pack with snacks, scientists need to know how neat B.C. nature is

The BioBlitz, through the iNaturalist app, runs from July 28-Aug. 1

 

This long exposure image shows the eruption of volcano Sakurajima Sunday night, July 24, 2022, in the view from Tarumizu city, Japan’s southern prefecture of Kagoshima. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said a volcano on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu erupted Sunday night, spewing ash and volcanic rocks, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in nearby towns. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts, triggering evacuation

No immediate reports of damage or injuries in nearby towns

 

Instead of engaging in a typical scavenger hunt, Ron Paley challenged his granddaughters, Evie and Sophie, to find a few specific creature in his Hammond backyard. Here’s some of what they discovered. (Special to The News)

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  • Jul 4, 2022
Instead of engaging in a typical scavenger hunt, Ron Paley challenged his granddaughters, Evie and Sophie, to find a few specific creature in his Hammond backyard. Here’s some of what they discovered. (Special to The News)
A bee searches for pollen on a flower during a sunny spring day in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, April 8, 2022. A study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 says habitat loss from big agriculture and climate change are combining to threaten the world’s insects. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Climate change, big agriculture combine to threaten insects

Scientists have noticed dramatic drop in total bug numbers

A bee searches for pollen on a flower during a sunny spring day in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, April 8, 2022. A study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 says habitat loss from big agriculture and climate change are combining to threaten the world’s insects. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
The goal to create a protected eagle reserve at the French Creek estuary will become a reality. (Michael Briones photo)

$5M dream to create B.C. eagle sanctuary poised to become reality

Campaign to purchase estuary land reaches fundraising goal

The goal to create a protected eagle reserve at the French Creek estuary will become a reality. (Michael Briones photo)
Hammond Treasure Days were Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, 2022. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

Several Maple Ridge homes partake in treasure trading weekend

People toured Hammond to pick up reusable items in resumption of popular spring cleaning event

Hammond Treasure Days were Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, 2022. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)

Three men caught, charged after alleged illegal maple burls harvest in District of Kent

Agassiz RCMP, Natural Resource Office investigated

Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
A rare female spotted bat was found resting on the balcony of a Chiliwack home recently. There are about 1,000 adult spotted bats in Canada. (Photo/Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.)

Extremely rare bat ‘spotted’ in Chilliwack

Female spotted bat is recovering from being dehydrated, underweight

A rare female spotted bat was found resting on the balcony of a Chiliwack home recently. There are about 1,000 adult spotted bats in Canada. (Photo/Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.)
“Magnificent clouds this time of year” make for a compelling backdrop to Courtney Baird’s pictures taken before a rain storm while recently walking the dikes. The bench was positioned off McNeil Road in Pitt Meadows, while her other picture is of the cranberry bogs being flooded for harvest. (Special to The News)

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  • Oct 4, 2021
“Magnificent clouds this time of year” make for a compelling backdrop to Courtney Baird’s pictures taken before a rain storm while recently walking the dikes. The bench was positioned off McNeil Road in Pitt Meadows, while her other picture is of the cranberry bogs being flooded for harvest. (Special to The News)
Is it possible film inspired some carving out old stumps in Golden Ears Provincial and UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Parks, or the other way around. Ron Paley shared a number of pictures taken during a four-hour hike, including several that resembled the tree-like Ents species from J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Paley, who was joined on the trek by Chris and Luna, recently travelled the Incline Trail on Alouette Mountain through to the Whisky Creek and Memorial Trails. (Special to The News)

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  • Oct 3, 2021
Is it possible film inspired some carving out old stumps in Golden Ears Provincial and UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Parks, or the other way around. Ron Paley shared a number of pictures taken during a four-hour hike, including several that resembled the tree-like Ents species from J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Paley, who was joined on the trek by Chris and Luna, recently travelled the Incline Trail on Alouette Mountain through to the Whisky Creek and Memorial Trails. (Special to The News)
Joe Keno shared a picture recently taken of the sun setting as seen from the Pitt River, at Kennedy Road. (Special to The News)

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  • Oct 3, 2021
Joe Keno shared a picture recently taken of the sun setting as seen from the Pitt River, at Kennedy Road. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge’s Jos Pal recently captured this picture while riding his bike on the trails through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on a sunny fall afternoon. “I caught this great blue heron, sitting on the roof of a boat shed, with a view of Mount Baker in the background.” He captured this on the trails west of Harris Road. (Special to The News)

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  • Sep 30, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Jos Pal recently captured this picture while riding his bike on the trails through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on a sunny fall afternoon. “I caught this great blue heron, sitting on the roof of a boat shed, with a view of Mount Baker in the background.” He captured this on the trails west of Harris Road. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge’s Christine Logan found this “ginormous” spiderweb on her way to work the other morning. “It was wider than a door and half the size,” she said, admiring its beauty and construction. (Special to The News)

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  • Sep 29, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Christine Logan found this “ginormous” spiderweb on her way to work the other morning. “It was wider than a door and half the size,” she said, admiring its beauty and construction. (Special to The News)
(Lakes District News File Photo/Eddie Huband)

VIDEO: Fraser Valley pilot spots black bear from the air

Agassiz area pilot captures footage of a wandering black bear among the stalks of corn

(Lakes District News File Photo/Eddie Huband)
This year’s Western hemlock "looper" moth outbreak has been seen in the Lower Mainland and the Interior, including communities throughout the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Lorraine Maclauchlan photo)

Western Hemlock Looper Moths return for a third feast of B.C. foliage

Outbreaks of the moths occur every 11 to 15 years in Coastal and Interior forests

This year’s Western hemlock "looper" moth outbreak has been seen in the Lower Mainland and the Interior, including communities throughout the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Lorraine Maclauchlan photo)
A common wall lizard scrambles across a concrete wall in a Saanich yard. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Invasive lizard population runs, climbs and clings across Vancouver Island

Even record-breaking heat didn’t diminish European wall lizard population

A common wall lizard scrambles across a concrete wall in a Saanich yard. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A bald eagle was rescued by the OWL – Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society – on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (RCMP/Special to The News)

Baby bald eagle nabbed by RCMP in Pitt Meadows

The local police helped a raptor rehabilitation group rescue a young eagle covered in mites

A bald eagle was rescued by the OWL – Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society – on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (RCMP/Special to The News)
Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4M donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supports three land purchases in the Strait of Georgia

Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)
Although the process to prepare the snails is long, Revelstoke resident Hailey Ross said they are mighty tasty. (Contributed)

1 way to deal with invasive snails in B.C. is… to eat them?

Foraging for Roman snails, which are cooked in fancy dishes globally as escargot

Although the process to prepare the snails is long, Revelstoke resident Hailey Ross said they are mighty tasty. (Contributed)