The Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is the provincial bird of British Columbia, and is a common sight in the region’s forests, backyards and urban parklands. They are a hardy species that can withstand winter conditions and lack of food by stashing supplies of acorns and pine nuts in the fall, Steller’s jays are resident in their home range all year round, and do not generally migrate south in winter. This bird is an increasingly common sight in urban areas, where they seek yards with well-stocked bird feeders, particularly in winter months. /SANDRA JAMES