The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion

“Birds and boats have managed to coexist for decades on Roberts Bank. But Terminal 2 would be the largest port expansion to date and it’s very close to where huge numbers of western sandpipers flock to feed on biofilm. Exact counts vary year to year, but scientists have counted an estimated half a million sandpipers in one day on the flats, and most of the estimated 3.5 million western sandpipers in the world stop to feed at the Fraser River estuary at some point in their life. So decisions about the expansion won’t just affect a few birds: they’ll affect a species.”

Amorina Kingdon – Hakai Magazine – November 2016


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