Nature Guides B.C.
Welcome to Nature Guides BC
Nature Guides BC is a small writing and publishing company based in British
Columbia, Canada, specialising in the natural history of the Fraser Estuary and
Boundary Bay. This geographic area, lying immediately south of the city of
Vancouver B.C., is the foremost Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada, visited by
millions of migratory birds, of many different species.
Our goal is to foster interest in nature and conservation, especially in areas
undergoing rapid urbanisation, and to encourage birdwatching and nature
On this website you can buy several books on nature and the ecological history
of Boundary Bay and the Fraser Estuary, as well as a guide to growing native
plants in the dry Interior. Visit our Blog for photographs and articles on nature
throughout British Columbia. Go to the Annex tab for checklists to plants and
animals of the Fraser Estuary. Our Links page will connect you to dozens of
organizations in the Lower Mainland B.C. and beyond with interests covering
birds, plants, butterflies, archaeology, history, and much more.
Arrival of Western Sandpipers!
April is the best month for observing hundreds of thousands
of migrating shorebirds in the Fraser Estuary. Key locations
are Boundary Bay dykes and Brunswick Point/Roberts Bank
dyke. Please keep dogs on leash and avoid disturbing the birds. Each
sandpiper stops here for only a few days on its journey from South America to
the Arctic. They need to feed and rest. Local "Peep In" event to view sandpipers
on April 25 at 10 am organized by Against Port Expansion. (Small sandpipers
are called "peeps" by birdwatchers.)
Exploring Boundary Bay and the Fraser Delta?
For field trips in the area, check out Delta Naturalists' Society, Nature
Vancouver and BC Nature, and buy one of our popular guide books (see below)
for self-guided tours. Brochures on a number of nature topics and events are
available from Birds on the Bay.
Contact Nature Guides BC for more information on observing nature in B.C or
planning your ecotourism trip. We can recommend the best places to see
different species. Many organizations and ecotourism operators run trips to see
|Nature Books by Design
Nature Guides BC is interested in nature
book manuscripts for publication
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All rights reserved.
Tracing Our Past ~ A Heritage Guide
to Boundary Bay
by Anne Murray, photographs by David Blevins
An ecological history of the land south of the
Fraser River more info>>
A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay by
Anne Murray, photographs by David Blevins
The essential guide to birding and exploring
nature south of the Fraser River more info>>
|David Blevins' latest book, with
Michael P. Schafale, is
Wild North Carolina
Discovering the Wonders of Our
State's Natural Communities
Cultivating the Wild: Gardening with
Native Plants of BC's Southern Interior
and eastern Washington by Eva Durance
more info>> or order online
|Nature Guides BC
Georgia Basin Habitat Atlas: Boundary Bay
Friends of Semiahmoo Society and Community Mapping
Network, ed. Anne Murray. More info or to buy now >>
Prefer to buy at a store? Check for retailers here
Want More info?
Read reviews and check out David Blevins photographs
BOOKS ABOUT OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
Nesting Barn Swallows, Fraser
River Delta, BC; photo Anne Murray
|Information for Birders,
Naturalists, and Visitors
Annotated bird checklist for
the Boundary Bay area
Best Birding Spots in
Vancouver as described by
Nature Vancouver with maps
Black Bear, Manning Park, BC
|Popular guides to nature in the Fraser River delta &
Boundary Bay, B.C.
Anne Murray writes regular columns in the Georgia Straight online
newspaper, the Delta Optimist, Surrey North Delta Leader, and Peace Arch
News and for BCNature. She has also has occasional articles in
Snowy Owl on Boundary Bay;
photo: Felicity Jenkins