Species Profile: North American Beaver

Perhaps the only rodent anyone really appreciates, the North American beaver (Castor Canadensis) is the second-largest rodent in the world. Abundant across North America, beavers are known for their natural trait of building dams on rivers and streams to provide still-water for protection against predators. Unfortunately, due to historical unchecked trapping and current conflicts with … Continue reading

A Night for Burns Bog

On the evening of November 29, UBC political science students hosted the event, “A Night for Burns Bog”.  Scientists, professors, students, and members of the community came together to discuss current issues that threaten the bog and watch two movies: “A Bog in My Backyard”, and “The Hidden World of the Bog”. The focus of … Continue reading

Water is Life: An Afternoon at the Roundhouse

What did you do over the May long weekend? While the sun was shining and the seawall was bustling with cyclists, families and the bright colours of late spring, I showed my dedication to wetlands by spending the afternoon under the large timbers of the Roundhouse for a conference on the issues facing Vancouver’s watershed. … Continue reading

Innovative Stormwater Management: The Role and Use of Wetlands

On May 19th, I was lucky enough to attend the Innovative Stormwater Management workshop presented by North Shore Wetlands Partners, held at the Pavilion in Stanley Park.  The four-hour workshop was incredibly informative and was presented by some of the Vancouver’s top professionals in the field of wetland biology, hydrology, and construction and design.  With … Continue reading

Celebrating our Lifeblood: local histories, local watersheds

Conserving wetlands and watersheds first starts with appreciation and motivated communities. Most Canadians are aware of the importance of our water to human life, to the functioning of civil society, and to the overall health of our environment. Public awareness campaigns about the overuse of water have lead many people to take shorter showers and … Continue reading

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