Herons return to Stanley Park

The herons are back in Stanley Park.  Photo –  Jenelle Schneider, The Province

The herons are back in Stanley Park.
Photo – Jenelle Schneider, The Province

Herons in a tree Photo by Ward Perrin, The Vancouver Sun

Herons in a tree
Photo by Ward Perrin, The Vancouver Sun

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A young heron looks for food.
Photo by Lez Bazso, The Province

Adapted from the B.C. Ministry of Environment
and The Province and The Vancouver Sun
by Nila Gopaul • Illustrations by Nola Johnston
Level 2

In BC, people can see Great Blue Herons all year.
Herons live on the coast.
They also live in the southern part of B.C.
The heron is a large bird:

  • It is taller than many 8-year-old children.
  • It weighs about the same as a small newborn baby.

Over 5,000 herons live in B.C.
The B.C. government protects these birds.
It also protects their nests and their eggs.
More than 100 heron nests are in Stanley Park in Vancouver.
There is also a heron park in Chilliwack.

You can watch the herons in their nests, click here.

Read the PDF. Try the Exercise.

Heron calendar

1.  In April and May, herons lay eggs.

1. In April and May, herons lay eggs.

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2. In June, parents take care of their chicks.

3.  In July, young herons practice flying.

3. In July, young herons practice flying.

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Knitting

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Francesca Pagliotti, left, Zoe Gee and Aija Tso are knitting.
Photo by Ric Ernst/The Vancouver Sun

Knitting
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Grandmother, mother and daughter
love to knit.
Francesca, Zoe and Aija
have a knitting store.
The store is called Three Bags Full.
The store opened in 2006.
It sells knitting needles. It sells yarn.

Knitting is popular again
Many people come to the shop.
Grandmothers are customers.
Teenagers go into the shop.
Some men knit, too.
“Knitting helps them relax,”
says Francesca.

How to start knitting

As shopkeepers for help.

Ask shopkeepers for help.

knitting-needles

Buy one or two balls of yarn and two pairs of knitting needles.

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Choose your yarn carefully.

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Get the right knitting needles.

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Get a yarn needle.

knitting-basket

Keep everything in one bag. Take a knitting lesson.

Illustrations by Nola Johnston