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Victoria Times-Colonist: Two Ways to Explore the Island
It's tempting to go into eye-rolling antics when yet another guidebook about Vancouver Island is sent through the mail to reviewers everywhere. But Kim Goldberg's book is a welcome addition to any home's guidebook shelf.

Where to See Wildlife on Vancouver Island well organized and easy to follow with some beautiful pictures taken by the authors and others. Topics such as banana slugs at Goldstream Provincial Park and the cuckoo wasp at Black Creek are given a mention along with such must-see wild creatures as whales, sea lions and the elusive green heron.

The Island is split into six sections for the book and the sites Goldberg describes are established areas that can withstand public interest. A journalist with a degree in biology, the author emphasizes to readers that wildlife viewing is not always compatible with wildlife protection.

The book's one weakness is its vacillation between a guide for seasoned wildlife watchers and beginners. Birds dominate the species listed and unless watchers bring alone, a bird book as well then-light become frustrated.

Goldberg includes many photographs, including 240 colored photos, but can't possibly picture every bird. A smattering of insect (excluding butterflies which are pictured and identified), reptile and flora information make readers aware of how much there is to learn.
-Judith Isabella, Victoria Times-Colonist


Waves-Length Review: Vancouver Island Wildlife
Vancouver Island, one of British Columbia's holiday hotspots, is 450 kilometres long, with an astounding range of wildlife habitats: lush mossy rainforests, a mountain range with peaks that reach over 2,000 metres, fertile lowlands, productive estuaries and pockets of near-desert habitat. This diversity, combined with the Island's placement on the Pacific flyway for migratory birds, gives the area a remarkable range of animals and plants.

Where to See Wildlife on Vancouver Island, written by award-winning journalist and author Kim Goldberg, is the first wildlife guidebook devoted to the island and introduces 50 of the best wildlife viewing sites. The book
is illustrated with maps and over 200 colour photos of island animals and plants.

The 50 sites stretch from Victoria to Port McNeill on the east coast, and from East Sooke to Tofino on the west coast, where possibilities for viewing wildlife even some endangered species - abound 387 species of birds have been recorded here, along with 66 butterflies and 50 mammals including the Northern Sea Lion, Black Bear and Roosevelt Elk. Vancouver Island also supports 25 percent of the world's Trumpeter Swan population each winter, the unique and endangered Vancouver Island Marmot, and receives an annual "sail past" of 21,000 Gray Whales each spring, virtually the entire global population. Nearly all the sites included in the book are readily accessible by car or ferry.

In addition to site descriptions, maps and illustrations, Goldberg's user-friendly and information-packed book contains interesting facts about wildlife and their habitat, a wildlife viewing calendar, tips for ethical adventuring, bear and cougar precautions and checklists for island mammals, birds, herptiles and butterflies.

Kim Goldberg is an avid hiker, birdwatcher and amateur naturalist with a biology degree from the University of Oregon. She is a freelance writer specializing in nature and environment issues with a number of books and many articles to her credit.

From a paddler's point of view, this book would have been even better if Kim was a kayaker.

Any of the creatures she describes which inhabit the marine environment will be that much easier to view from a kayak, but paddlers like hikers need to respect wildlife and keep a suitable distance away. Some birds and especially seals seem to be more reactive to the presence of kayakers than to other boaters, probably because we come much closer to the shoreline. Be sure to take your binoculars along.
-Waves-Length