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

 

Arbor Day is a popular holiday all around the world, and especially well-loved in Surrey. This year, residents got together on May 7 and planted 46 new shade trees at William Beagle Park. (City of Surrey photo)

City of Surrey hosts Arbor Day Tree Planting event

Event took place at William Beagle Park, where residents gathered to plant trees.

Arbor Day is a popular holiday all around the world, and especially well-loved in Surrey. This year, residents got together on May 7 and planted 46 new shade trees at William Beagle Park. (City of Surrey photo)
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)
Surrey residents are invited to get outdoors this spring and take part in the city’s Environmental Extravaganza, running from April to June. (Contributed photo)

Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza series celebrates nature

Free, family-friendly program runs April to June

Surrey residents are invited to get outdoors this spring and take part in the city’s Environmental Extravaganza, running from April to June. (Contributed photo)
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)
Delta Naturalists Society has released a series of new brochures aimed at helping residents learn more about the plants and wildlife that call Delta home. (Delta Naturalists Society/submitted photo)

Local flora and fauna focus of new Delta Naturalists brochures

The pamphlets cover ‘every variety of local animal and plant, large and small’

Delta Naturalists Society has released a series of new brochures aimed at helping residents learn more about the plants and wildlife that call Delta home. (Delta Naturalists Society/submitted photo)
Led by the Lower Mainland Green Team and City of White Rock parks manager Egan Davis, about a dozen local residents took part in an interpretive nature walk at Ruth Johnson Park. The walk was followed by a few hours of invasive plant removal. (Lower Mainland Green Team photo)

PHOTOS: Nature walk, invasive-plant removal highlights busy Saturday for Green Team

Volunteers learned more about White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park on interpretive stroll

Led by the Lower Mainland Green Team and City of White Rock parks manager Egan Davis, about a dozen local residents took part in an interpretive nature walk at Ruth Johnson Park. The walk was followed by a few hours of invasive plant removal. (Lower Mainland Green Team photo)
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.)
A young tree-planter at a previous Releaf event in Surrey. (submitted photo: City of Surrey)

Releaf tree-planting events help grow Surrey’s park forests, starting Sept. 25

Volunteers are sought to plant large shade trees, native trees and shrubs

A young tree-planter at a previous Releaf event in Surrey. (submitted photo: City of Surrey)
(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)
Beaver Scout Caspian Lai earned the North Star Award for his work helping plant pollinator gardens in his neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey Beaver Scout leads neighbours in creating streetside gardens

Caspian Lai earns North Star Award for work helping plant pollinator gardens

Beaver Scout Caspian Lai earned the North Star Award for his work helping plant pollinator gardens in his neighbourhood. (Contributed 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)
Jade Werger and Melissa Del Cid Moon spotted the baby bald eagle and noticed it wasn’t moving. They then called the SPCA who told them about OWL. (Jade Werger/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

Jade Werger and Melissa Del Cid Moon spotted the baby bald eagle and noticed it wasn’t moving. They then called the SPCA who told them about OWL. (Jade Werger/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)
University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Freaked by cicada swarms? You could just stick a fork in ‘em

Full of protein, gluten-free, low-fat and low-carb, cicadas are eaten by humans in many countries.

University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)