Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, February 10, 2017
VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Yoga Date Nights
The Ultimate New West Shop Hop
Valentine’s Couples Cooking Demo & Dinner
Lanterns in the Garden
Romance of the Stars with Louise Burns
Eastside Flea
Falls Prevention Workshop for People Affected by Parkinson’s
DOXA Presents: Do Not Resist
Spring Awakening – The Tony Winning Musical
Little Mountain Shop Presents: Main Squeeze, a Pop-Up for Lovers + Friends
HomeGround Festival
Kinky Boots at the QE Theatre
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Studio 58 Presents: 42nd Street
Vagabond Players Presents: Towards Zero
Boca del Lupo Presents: Crawlspace
Align Entertainment Presents: The Little Mermaid
Elle at the Firehall Arts Centre
Theatre Conspiracy Presents: Foreign Radical
Pacific Theatre Presents: Corleone – The Shakespearean Godfather
Odysseo by Cavalia



 

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Family Day Geocache Hunt
24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain
BC Brewery Open House
Rise of the Comics LIVE
Family Day Weekend at Lonsdale Quay
The Magic of Making Cloth Workshop at ArtStarts
Coquitlam: Heritage Valentine’s Day Card Making
Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Workshops
Ragtime in Concert
Rock Mountaineer Career Fair
Little Mountain Shop Presents: Main Squeeze, a Pop-Up for Lovers + Friends
Eastside Flea
Yoga Date Nights
Lanterns in the Garden
Kinky Boots at the QE Theatre
VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Studio 58 Presents: 42nd Street
Vagabond Players Presents: Towards Zero
Boca del Lupo Presents: Crawlspace
Align Entertainment Presents: The Little Mermaid
Elle at the Firehall Arts Centre
Theatre Conspiracy Presents: Foreign Radical
Spring Awakening – The Tony Winning Musical
Pacific Theatre Presents: Corleone – The Shakespearean Godfather
Odysseo by Cavalia

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Supported by Miss604: Variety BC Show of Hearts Telethon
24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain
Fraser Valley Family Day
Celebrating Vancouver 2010 Volunteers at the ROX, Free Admission for Them
Love in the Square, Get Married at Robson Square
Family Day Weekend at MOA
Bunny Yoga
Disney Exhibit Penning in Surrey
Classical Concert Series: Tales of Love in Seven Languages
Landsea Tours & Adventures Job Fair
Cannery Farmers Market in Steveston
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Workshops
Little Mountain Shop Presents: Main Squeeze, a Pop-Up for Lovers + Friends
Family Day Weekend at Lonsdale Quay
Eastside Flea
Yoga Date Nights
Lanterns in the Garden
VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Elle at the Firehall Arts Centre
Align Entertainment Presents: The Little Mermaid
Vagabond Players Presents: Towards Zero
Spring Awakening – The Tony Winning Musical
Odysseo by Cavalia

Monday, February 13, 2017
FAMILY DAY IN BC Check the event list here with over 40 events »
Family Day at Trout Lake
Family Day at Sunset Community Centre
Family Day on Commercial Drive
Family Day at the Surrey Nature Centre
Family Day Free Fun at Rec Centres and Pools in Surrey
Family Day in Coquitlam
musica intima Family Day Show
Family Day Winter Festival in Burnaby
Family Day in New Westminster
Family Day in Richmond
Family Day Weekend at Lonsdale Quay
Celebrating Vancouver 2010 Volunteers at the ROX, Free Admission for Them
Bracelets for Botshabelo, Family Day in New West
Francophones in Early Vancouver: Walking Tour
Little Mountain Shop Presents: Main Squeeze, a Pop-Up for Lovers + Friends
VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Align Entertainment Presents: The Little Mermaid
Dine Out Vancouver Festival

smithsonianmag.com
 

Why Scientists Are Psyched About a River-Crossing Panther

Erin Blakemore
 

 

Panther
Spotted: one adventurous female panther. (Florida Fish and Wildlife - Flickr/Creative Commons)

smithsonian.com

Why did the panther cross the river? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but the answer to the

question—to get to the other side—is enough to put a smile on any conservationist’s face. At least, that’s

the case in Florida, where evidence of a female panther’s river crossing has been hailed as good news for

an endangered population. As Jenny Staletovich reports for The Miami Herald, officials just confirmed the

river crossing, signaling a milestone for one of Florida’s most threatened animals.

The river in question is the Caloosahatchee in southwest Florida, and it’s the first time in over 40 years a

female panther is thought to have crossed the river. Staletovich reports that the panther appears to have

staked out new territory north of the river—a fact that could help the panther population recover if she mates

with males who have crossed the river, too.

That’s a big deal for a species that once dominated the region, but is endangered today. As the

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes, there are fewer than 100 Florida panthers in south Florida today, and

95 percent of their original range has been lost. Before the 1800s, the cats roamed freely throughout the

southeastern United States, but as the area became more settled their numbers began to dwindle. In 1832,

Florida counties began to offer bounties for panther hides in an attempt to protect people and livestock from

the cats. The hunted creatures declined as their habitat got smaller and smaller. Within a century, the

majestic panther—Florida’s state animal—was nearly extinct.

Conservationists and wildlife officials have spent decades trying to restore panther populations.

The secretive creatures traditionally have a wide range, so maintenance of their favored wetland and

swamp habitats is key. Monitoring is equally important—officials use cameras and track their paw prints to

determine where they live and breed. In this case, the female panther’s historic river crossing was

documented by trail cameras. In a statement about the find, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Commission writes that biologists used tracks found near the cameras to verify that the river-crossing cat is, in fact, female.

Not everyone will find the growing panther population cause for celebration: As the population has

rebounded, so have threats to cattle. Last year, the FWC Commission asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

to consider new criteria for panther recovery in the face of the species’ growing numbers, which was a

controversial move. But even as officials ponder how to balance the needs of panthers and humans, more

panthers means more panther deaths. This year alone, panther deaths due to cars rose to near record numbers in Florida.

As the lone female panther prowls her newly expanded habitat, it’s anyone’s guess how she’ll affect the

growing number of panthers in the area. But one thing’s for sure: A single river crossing symbolizes just

how far the embattled species has come.

 

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