[Please click on the video and turn on your audio to hear the music.] Last night was the first Park Board meeting since the tragic passing of arborist Jody Taylor. We honoured him with a tribute that included this video showcasing a beautiful life lived by a dedicated arborist, a much-loved colleague, a talented photographer and an outstanding father. In addition, a memory book created by Jody's crew was presented to his mother, as well as a special collage created for his daughter, Tristen. On April 28, the National Day of Mourning, we will dedicate a permanent memorial by installing a park bench and planting a big-leaf maple in Stanley Park. The memorial is just steps away from the last large tree Jody removed, a big-leaf maple, on the shores of English Bay. Jody's family and friends have been grateful for the outpouring of support and kind words from the public and the funds donated towards Tristen's education (ow.ly/10fjFW). We would also like to recognize a special donation of a Jack Shadbolt original lithograph “Spirit Imploding” to Park Board in honour of Jody Taylor. It’s signed from “a grateful Vancouver family” and we will find a place of honour for it. Music: "The Sound of Silence" cover by Disturbed Photos: Mostly by Jody Taylor
Here come the first chicks of the season! Is this sibling rivalry brewing in Tree E Nest 1?! Watch baby herons live as they hatch: vancouver.ca/HeronCam In this clip, the heron chicks are seen sparring with each other, which is common chick behaviour. Eggs hatch one to two days apart which allows there to be an older (and larger) chick amongst the siblings. Eventually you will see the heron parent “sit” on the chicks. For the first two weeks, either one of the parents help regulate the temperature of the chicks (brooding).