Michael Morris

Project maps where local birds breed

My main occupation for the next two months is mapping where birds breed as part of the British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas Project. I am among five hundred volunteers across the province who search for evidence of birds reproducing and then enter that information onto an online data base.

Eagles return to nest near Big Eddy

A pair of Bald Eagles has returned to their nest at the confluence of Tumtum Creek and the Columbia River. This nest of sticks is in a sturdy old tree and has been in use for many years. It can be seen with binoculars from the Greenbelt Trail. Likely, it is the same nesting pair as last year as the more mature eagles are dominant. Without some means of marking them, we can’t be certain of their identity.

The Nature of Mount Mackenzie

The first residents of Revelstoke referred to Mount Mackenzie as “Twin Buttes” because from town it appears to have two equally high summits. This is a trick of perspective. What appears as a northerly summit is just a shoulder to the main peak, which is about 100 meters higher. This was first determined by railway surveyors Otto Klotz and J.J. MacArthur who climbed it in 1886.

Keep moose in mind when walking or driving

Difficult snow conditions have driven a young moose to take shelter in the Columbia Park neighbourhood. Normally, moose are able to cope with deep foot-penetration, but January storms delivered more than double the average precipitation for the month.

Dippers dive in the depth of winter

The Naturalist, by Michael MorrisThe sight of a dipper diving in to…

On the banks of the Columbia 200 years ago…

Two hundred years ago, fur trader and explorer David Thompson and his crew were camped on the shore of the Columbia River, north of Mica Creek, passing the winter in a twelve foot square log hut. He is the first record we have of a European explorer in this region. Because of his abilities as a surveyor and his meticulous notes, his journals provide us a unique window into another age.

Fur trader David Thompson mapped the Columbia

Part one of two regarding the bicentennial of David Thompson’s visit to our region
David Thompson could be the world’s most accomplished geographer having mapped more ground than anyone else.