They're probably this year's young learning how to fish


"We lose it cities. We lose it in a lot of our world."At Osprey Point, butterfly bush and Nootka rose mark Danny's Garden, the memorial garden for Al and his wife's son Danny Grass, who died at 16 during surgery for a heart condition.Al and Danny used to come here often together. "He used to love it here," said Grass. "He used to sit here and watch the trains across on the other side."There's black twinberry and Indian plum, food for the butterflies.Early in the spring, deer nibble leaf buds on the red currant and salmonberry here. Later, their flowers attract the rufous hummingbirds, back from their annual migration south.

The Eldercollege tour today started just down the trail, at the small wooden hut that Grass refers to as "the world headquarters of the Wild Bird Trust of B.C." There's a place to sign out binoculars and a logbook kept in neat handwriting, marking the events of the days: "Sunny cool windy." "Adults 50, kids 14, dogs2." "A lady mentioned she spotted quite a few butterflies in the wood yesterday (black orange and white edges) and wanted to know what variety they were."Soon, the Wild Bird Trust plans to build a bigger nature house in a grassy spot just down the trail, with a larger meeting space and wheelchair-accessible washrooms. The trust raised $250,000 for the nature house, which will be matched by a $250,000 donation from the Norbury Foundation. The foundation has also pledged $25,000 annually towards operating costs for the first five years. Banning-Lover hopes to have construction underway this summer.Buyers from various domestic as well as international Isuzu fire truckregion place bulk and repeated orders.The Wild Bird Trust isn't an activist organization. But Bell said it's hard to be a naturalist and not be concerned about what's happening to the environment.

The multi-agency government group that produced the shoreline habitat map of Maplewood at Osprey Point has since had its funding cut and been disbanded.The tanks that mark the terminus of Kinder Morgan's oil pipeline are directly across from Maplewood, and Bell worries about the prospect of more tankers in Burrard Inlet.When an oil pipe burst in Burnaby a few years ago, "We got tar balls on the mud flats," he said.Years before that, a canola oil spill in the harbour wiped out the resident wintering population of horned grebes, red-necked grebes and red-throated loons. "The horned grebes are just coming back," he said. "The red necked grebes and red throated loons, I haven't seen."I just don't have any faith in this 'state of the art'," he said. "They've been saying they have state of the art technology since the 1960s and they still have major messes, major screw-ups."A lot of birdwatchers, after they've been birdwatching a number of years, they realize the environment is being hammered.