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In less than a week Team Birds Not Bitumen has become one of the
TOP   TEN   fundraising   teams!    of the Baille Birdathon.  Thank you heart-lifting friends.  And outward like ripples, several people have forwarded the resource section from my last BLOG post.  A friend sent this new song.

…Read on for BIG DAY REPORT and my photos from the day.

Lupine flowers and snail

It is not too late to give. Please do!
Generosity is a life-affirming practice,
and it will make you feel GREAT.



Birds Not Bitumen Big Day Report

On May 21 (fueled by delicious food) Team Birds Not Bitumen raced by bicycle and public transit to spot as many bird species as they could in a 24 hour period.

75 bird species seen,
17 hours,
Approx 85 km
by bike and public transit.
first bird of the day:
American Robin at 4:20 am

WHY?  Because we love birds, and they don’t have a voice at the fossil fuel development table.  AND we don’t have to accept the status quo, even tho we all participate in it to some degree.  AND because doing something and taking action feels great,  and as I said in my last post, taking action beyond the self fulfills our deep need for meaning and purpose.


donate NOW to Team Birds Not Bitumen
raising money for bird conservation.

donate NOW to Tsleil Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative raising money to protect Burrard Inlet.




i'm an oystercatcher.  
i live near the Ferry 
Terminal and also around 
the Stanley Park seawall.

learn more
get involved
give money even 5 bucks


 The Team in action & sleeping

3Teammorning team2Team




sleep seabussleep lookout towersleep with geese


Bird highlights include

  • 6 species of swallows: Aerial Insectivores!
  • Townsend’s Solitaire: elusive and rare for us
  • Ethereal song of the Swainson’s Thrush
  • Caspian Terns Colony diving head first into ocean
  • Heron rookery sounding like 800 type-writers
  • Funny-looking oyster catchers (see pic above)
  • And a glowing red-throated hummingbird.

[LINK to full ebird list of sightings]


Carbon Export mega-projects we saw

birds in the shadow of Deltaport

Reifel Bird Sanctuary’s spectacular estuary habitat in the shadow of Deltaport

US Thermal Coal passing through Delta for export to foreign markets.

US Thermal Coal passing through Delta for export to foreign markets. Who benefits from this?

Χ proposed 700% increase in tar sands tanker traffic in pristine BC waters.
Χ increases to Thermal Coal shipments through Surrey and Texada Island.
Χ building any more infrastructure for carbon-export. ISSUES OVERVIEW

and Χ I don’t even know what to say about so-called-natural gas… isn’t methane (main component of LNG) 21 times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than CO2?

Chevron Refinery with flame, Kinder Morgan transfer location also lit to the left of the refinery

Chevron Refinery with flame, Kinder Morgan transfer location also lit to the left of the refinery. Photo taken pre-dawn from Maplewood Flats Bird Conservation Area.

oil tanker from the seabus

Oil / chemical tanker seen from seabus crossing


Actions I recommend:

1. Subscribe to the Clean Energy Review, a weekly email newsletter of the 10 most interesting climate and clean energy updates from across Canada and around the world.  Short, snappy, cutting edge.

2. Look at this art project and get inspired about myriad ways for action.  Making the right choices about our energy future begins with the right conversation.

3. Donate to the Tsleil Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative.  Or learn more about other groups who are awesome who you can get involved with or give money to.

4. My friend DJ is working against the proposed increase in tanker traffic in our harbour.  Would you be willing to work with her as part of a team that collects signatures and recruits more volunteers?  Meeting this Thursday night, May 29 at 7:30pm in east Vancouver.  (Email me for the address.)  The regional Coordinator for this volunteer initiative will be explaining how to get involved.  In this case, the biggest thing is to make personal contacts and ask people to sign a pledge form against the increase in tanker traffic.  This can be done among your friends, neighbours, colleagues.

5. Super geekfest: learn more about the port of Metro Vancouver, the different exports and capacities of many of the terminals.

6. and if you are still reading, please recognize this opportunity to practice your generosity in this moment:

give to Team Birds Not Bitumen
and help keep us in the top 10!

great blue herons and caspian terns near tswwassen ferry terminal

great blue herons (top) and caspian terns (bottom) near tswwassen ferry terminal


click to enlarge

when humans work together you can save creatures like me from historic DDT poisioning that almost made us extinct. Thank you.

When humans work together you can save Eagles like me from historic DDT poisoning that almost made us extinct. Thank you. Carry on bravely with love.


Chris Bentzen is a Vancouver curator, organizer, button-maker, and soon-to-be gallery owner. A few weeks ago we sat down to talk about art, and one result is this wee video. Chris releases one video weekly featuring a local Vancouver artist. Happy to be included in the roster!

Good luck with your gallery opening, Chris.

Interview with Vancouver artist Sara Ross from bentzen on Vimeo.

The story of ELEMENTAL is complex and wonderful
& involves great learning for me!

WHAT IS ELEMENTAL? Through the ELEMENTAL initiative,
the Vancouver Society of Storytelling worked with 5 different communities in Vancouver from March 2011-June 2012. In workshops, each community created stories using different elements as their central metaphor (air, earth, water, fire, metal). Physical legacies and community celebrations followed. On Saturday June 9th, 2012 a bicycle/bus tour showcased ELEMENTAL as part of the 19th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival.

I was excited, proud and honoured to work alongside Naomi Steinberg, friend and community builder, storyteller and artist extraordinaire.
Naomi is an elemental force for good in Vancouver!

My task was two-part.
1. to organize a bike ride to showcase the ELEMENTAL project.
2. to create a zine / artbook documenting the project.

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for the last three years i’ve had the great pleasure to create and provide the decorations for a kids bike parade. I hand-make streamers out of used plastic bags + salvaged veggie twist ties.

HOW i ride my bike all over town visiting various large-chain grocery stores where people ‘recycle’ their disposable plastic bags    i don my gloves and dig through the bags of bags    searching for beautiful colours    most bags are not desirable: thin white safeway beige yellow buy-low grey home depot yuck.

A gem would be solid red or blue sears, multicoloured record store, white and pink hello-kitty! I’ll post instructions sometime.

here’s the thing with this work. it’s not collectable. it doesn’t hang on your wall. it’s not new. is it even art? just because some kid hung my quote work on their bike for a few days and rode in a parade… i suppose the kids feel validated for loving their bikes for fun and freedom, parade viewers see the bikes and feel hopeful for the future. i feel good too. okay.

the amazing inspirational bicycle buddha Carmen Mills created this poster     based on my  sketchy fever art

Carmen is a fabulous designer and my heart is tingly for this chance to work with her

The poster is for the 19th annual Vancouver International Storytelling Festival    under the artistic brilliance of Naomi Steinberg   another bright force for connection and meaning with whom i find myself in cahoots on this project.

Ah    collaborating with stars    I asked for it    flexing my creative muscles back since post one of this blog    lucky luck