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Stinging Needles
Roll in a patch of stinging nettle and you'll think it's a spelling mistake. Nettle's stinging needles, as whispy as whiskers, are hollow and filled with formic acid which can cause burning, even blistering. Though aboriginal medicinal uses were various the principle technological use was as a source of hemp-like fiber for making thread and string. Stalks were picked late in the year when prickles had largely dropped off. Fibers were separated by rubbing or beating and then spun into thin threads. Those in turn could be braided to form thicker, stronger twine for weaving fine cloth, making fish nets and fishing line and, rarely, string bikinis.
Illustration by Manami Kimura
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Bird Watching
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Though not a birding guide, per se, BC Car-Free includes a number of natural events that no one should miss. Of course, all are accessible by public transportation. For borderline birders, a birding checklist is included.

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A red-tailed hawk patrols the salt marshes of Boundary Bay in search of ripe rodent.
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3 Snowy Owls Brian Grover 5065
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7 BC Birding Checklist Brian Grover 3545
 

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