"Returning from a walk with the dog I was struck by a mass of bizarre fire orange fungus tentacles covering all the stems of some low lying juniper bushed in our driveway. This is the first time I have seen it in 21 years of living here with the same juniper bushes."
Since moving to Mackenzie in April 2016, I have recorded all my observations of moose, with most sightings occurring November through February. Aside from the one occurrence, I haven’t observed any moose with visible signs of winter ticks. According to a local conservation officer, his experience with winter tick infestations in Mackenzie is limited to 3 moose.
On a hiking trip, observer sees a lone pair of Flamingos at Sidi Boughaba Lake National Park. This was not expected from a sociable bird species that travel in large flocks.
Flooding events on Windermere creek have been steadily, and excessively, increasing since 2011 affecting Kokanee salmon and some trout species.
Over the last five years, I have observed that wildfires and their impacts are increasing in both frequency and area burned, with the 2021 season being the third-largest fire season in BC, behind 2017 and 2018. This results in summers essentially being “lost” to both tourists and residents in the Kamloops Fire Region.
The development of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road has resulted in alterations into the use of the area by deer. The combination of construction disturbances, removal of habitat, and presence of a linear barrier has seemingly resulted in fewer deer being observed in the neighborhood of Woodbine.
Despite suitable habitat, Caribou populations are in steep decline and no longer abundant on the landscape. Historically, there were numerous Caribou throughout this area.
It is apparent that this area of coastline has experienced a sharp decline in its prawn populations. This may be due to increased fishing pressure from commercial prawn fishermen.
In the Northwest this summer dry weather conditions resulted in an above average wasp population.
The large quantity of salt that had accumulated this year, 2021, was a lot more predominant and at a much higher quantity then has been observed in previous years.
These prolonged above-normal temperatures required the City of Cranbrook to increase water restrictions to levels not generally experienced by the community. Additionally, during this time (personal experience), the water was discoloured and had an odor, forcing bottled water to ensure safe drinking.
In recent years, we have observed the salmon arriving at our territory along the Skeena River later than normal and in fewer numbers. The total number of wild sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) returning to the Skeena River have decreased by 69% in comparison to historical stocks.
Double-crested cormorants have been observed in the St Lawrence River region, with record-breaking numbers, in recent years.
A European Skipper butterfly is observed in Northwest BC, an introduced species and one of several stressors underlying insect declines.
In Malahat Drive in BC, an extraordinary heat wave, combined with low tides during the middle of the day resulted in the die off of possibly billions of intertidal invertebrates along the coast of British Columbia and Washington State.
My colleague who has been doing this work for over 35 years indicated that he has never experienced that many ticks.
In early April I observed what appears to be widespread disease of Arbutus trees (Arbutus menziesii) on the island. Leaf blight is a known factor affecting Arbutus trees; but I wonder if other factors such as climate change may also be contributing to what is perceived as a general decline of the species.
Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the occurrence of hail during the winter and early spring months. This type of weather is very unusual for this area. While our current experiences with hail have been mild, an increase in frequency and severity is cause for concern.
In the last few years, I have observed a significant die-off of Western red cedar in several high traffic and peripheral areas of Pacific Spirit Regional Park (PSRP). The majority of the cedar trees I saw were noticeably consumed by browning, small, and young, with most likely more shallow root systems. This is consistent with vegetative stress to which young trees have not developed resilience, but older trees may be less impacted
The North Pacific Humpback whale population has increased, and sightings are becoming more common.
Ticks used to be uncommon in Northern Saskatchewan, but are becoming more abundant as the climate warms.
Himalayan blackberries (Rubus armeniacus) are out competing native shrub species and taking over open grasslands.
Pathway repair and flood mitigation work at odds with Beaver Management Plan, as beaver dams cause localized flooding.
On a recent family vacation, stranded Velella velella were observed on beaches near Tofino, British Columbia.
As human activity is reduced due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions, wildlife sightings become more frequent.
Pollen may be hanging in the air longer than usual due to lack of rain
High water levels for Lake Erie have damaged infrastructure and closed businesses. Climate change, and land use change, is expected to continue some of these disruptions.
Adult deer are often seen walking down residential roads in Victoria, but are rarely seen playing.
Unusual raccoon and red fox activity in Toronto.
During late February and all of March, almost no trains were observed to pass through the area. The level of noise had been reduced significantly. After a review of frog and toad calls, the closest match was the Pacific Treefrog.
Uncommon wildlfower species found in suburban Calgary.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the University of Victoria’s Juanes Laboratory think the shark came into shallow water to give birth and potentially had complications, as there are no signs of trauma.
A pregnant bluntnose sixgill shark found on the banks of Coles Bay may have come in to shallow water to give birth and died from complications.
Alberta consistently sees an average of 1400 wildfires each year however, the increased economic costs due to firefighting, equipment, damaged properties, evacuations, insurance, remote housing and food can be a challenge.
A pair of rare, presumably mating, Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) were spotted in Spruce Grove, Alberta CAD.