The western bluebird disappeared from Vancouver Island almost 20 years ago—likely the victim of habitat and prey loss and competition with exotic species, among other factors. But a dedicated group of conservationists is working hard on a multi-year project to re-establish the resplendent bird in the Cowichan Valley. Steve Ogle of Nelson joined biologists in the field on a recent translocation effort. His article “Bringing back the bluebirds” and photographs appear in the Spring 2014 issue of British Columbia Magazine. Enjoy more of Ogle’s images in this bonus gallery.