We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring
Share your enjoyment and passion of feeding the birds. Help others to connect and enjoy that same enthusiasm as you do.
We are looking for sales associates who can help us help others “enjoy nature in your own backyard “.
- retail experience an asset but not necessary
- ability to lift 20 lb bags of seed for our customers
- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
- flexible schedule and able to work weekends
We provide training so you can provide informed advice about feeding the birds and our quality products.
Stop by and talk to us or drop off a resume.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Nanaimo bird report, December 31, 2011

Snowy Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca


From all of us at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store

Denise, Colin, Tyler, Lexi, Ralph, Natalie, Ryan, Neil and Marilynne

Friday December 30:
A Snowy Owl was spotted flying across 10th Street and the Island Highway in south Nanaimo.

Wednesday December 28:
Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count preliminary results:

Nanaimo's annual Christmas Bird Count was held on December 28, 2011. The preliminary results revealed a total of 115 species.
The weather was nice in the morning (despite the monsoon the night before) but took a turn for the worse at around 1300hrs. Average temperatures were from 6-12ºC. To date we have had 26 people in the field return their results as well as 1 backyard feeder count.
Highlights were a Rough-legged Hawk at the Nanaimo River Estuary and a Northern Saw-whet Owl and a Northern-pygmy Owl.
There were an unheard of 31 Virginia Rail counted.
Thank you everyone who participated in the count this year. I look forward to next years count which i believe will be held on Sunday, December 30th 2012, so mark your Mayan calendars!

Good birding,
Ryan Cathers
Compiler, Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count, 2011/2012

Wednesday December 28:
Three Northern Flickers, four Spotted Towhees, fifteen Pine Siskins, six Evening Grosbeaks, four Red-winged Blackbirds, three Anna’s Hummingbirds, European Starlings, Dark-eyed Juncos and two Steller’s Jays were seen in a backyard along Michigan Way in Nanaimo.

Tuesday December 27:
A Northern Shrike was spotted in a backyard on Valley Oak Drive in Nanaimo.

Friday December 23:
One American Dipper and eight Common Mergansers were seen at the lower lake at Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
January, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
@ The Library Centre along Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay

Arrowsmith Naturalist Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2012 at,7:30 pm. Members night.
Springwood Middle School, Parksville.

Everyone is invited to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
The Tuesday bird walk will be going to Columbia Beach on January 03.
We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Bld. at Columbia Beach.
The Sunday bird on January 08 walk will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
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