A concise, full-colour guide to more than 200 native and introduced plant and animal species found in Vancouver’s famed city park.
Vancouver’s Stanley Park is known around the world as a natural oasis in the midst of western Canada’s largest city. Unlike many urban parks, which are mostly cultivated, the 1,000-acre area now known as Stanley Park is part of the natural rainforest of this region. As much of this natural habitat has been preserved as parkland, Stanley Park is an accessible place to observe much of the native plant and animal life that can be found throughout the south coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park is a practical and colourful keepsake, highlighting more than 200 trees, shrubs, wildflowers, berries, seaweeds, birds, land mammals, and shoreline creatures. With clear colour photography, detailed descriptions, etymology, and safety tips and warnings, this book is the perfect go-to guide for visitors to the park, and anyone interested in the rich biodiversity of the Vancouver area and beyond.
About the author
Collin Varner is an arborist/horticulturalist at the University of British Columbia. He is the steward of 25,000 trees at the university’s Point Grey campus, where he also teaches native plant studies. A member of the International Society of Arboriculture and the American Society of Consulting Arborists, he is the author of several books, including The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest and Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West Coast.
"Leafing through The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park is like going for a walk with someone who loves the park. From the wildflowers at your feet to the towering trees and everything in between: Collin Varner knows them . . . and he’s happy to make introductions!"
—Ariel Gordon, author of Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests
"Through clear photographs and compact descriptions, The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park expands my knowledge of the park, especially its herbaceous plants, ferns, songbirds, and waterfowl. As a frequent park visitor, I often wonder, 'What bird is that?' Now, I have answers."
—Nina Shoroplova, author of Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver's Stanley Park
“This field guide provides a practical and enjoyable place to start learning about the plants, animals, and fungi of Vancouvers’ Stanley Park. Its beautifully illustrated pages are filled with practical information presented clearly. I recommend this book for anybody wishing to walk down the park’s verdant pathways with a desire to see and learn.”
—Bill Stephen, Urban Forestry Superintendent (ret.), Vancouver Park Board
"This compact guidebook will be useful for both residents and visiting nature-lovers. [...] The inclusion of viewing locations is a particularly nice feature.”
—Teresa Gagné, co-chair Nature Vancouver Botany Committee