Dr. Al Carder

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Al Carder stands in front of a red cedar tree.
Photo by TJ Watt/Ancient Forest Alliance

Dr. Al Carder
(April 20, 1910 – December 21, 2014)
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Listen to “Dr. Al Carder”- Level 1
Reading by Jessica Heafey

Al Carder was born in Calgary, Alberta.
But he lived in B.C. for many years.
Al loved trees.
He also studied old trees.
The trees are 250 to 1,000 years old.

Giant trees
The old trees are very big and tall.
Some are four metres (13 feet) wide
and 70 metres (226 feet) tall.

Tree hugger
Sometimes these old,
giant trees are cut.
B.C. sells the wood.
Al protected* these trees.
He wrote books
about giant trees.
And he won awards.
People called Al Carder
“B.C.’s oldest tree hugger.”
Al was 104 years old.

A giant fir tree with Ken Wu Photo by TJ Watt/Ancient Forest Alliance

Ken Wu stands beside a giant fir tree.
Photo by TJ Watt/Ancient Forest Alliance

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

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

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.

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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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