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Do not Feed the Birds

I saw several of these signs when I stopped for lunch at Vancouver’s Granville Island.

On the other side, the signs say this.

Very true. As M and I sat on a bench overlooking the water to drink our coffees, a mom with two young daughters arrived to sit on the bench next to us. The youngest one, who is about 5, began to take a bite from her sandwich but within seconds, a gull flew in and ripped the whole sandwich practically out of her mouth.

In the blink of an eye, there were no less than five or six gulls aggressively fighting over the sandwich in the small space between me and the little girl. I would not have wanted to get in their way!

The little girl was scared and her mom shocked. I wondered what would have happened if they hadn’t quite gotten the sandwich; they might have swarmed the child.

So I agree with the BCSPCA. Feeding the birds is not healthy for them, in more ways than one.

Bee Thistle

I found this worker bee very busily nectar-sipping and pollen gathering in this giant thistle flower.

No time for a break! Too much to do!

The bees collect nectar to feed to the young ones back at the hive.

The little ones are going to love this!

Bees eat pollen, but they also spread it from plant to plant, and as a result are massively key to a healthy ecosystem.

Just let me get this last bit …

Without them our world would be in serious trouble. Such lovely, tiny insects are so incredibly important to all living beings.

Sylvia Hotel

The Sylvia Hotel is a Vancouver landmark. Built in 1912 next to the waterfront and Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, it was the tallest building in the area and originally contained swanky apartments for the affluent. It became a hotel after World War I.

Circa 1920

It went through a short period of decline but was designated as a heritage building in 1975. Since then its fortunes have increased.

The Sylvia as it looked today.

After a long walk through Stanley Park it was a great place to stop for some lunch and a break.

Greetings from Vancouver. 🙂