Across the Lower Mainland: 2016 Wetlands Institute

Did you know that up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada? In the Lower Mainland the number is even higher. Between 1827 and 1990, over 85% of wetlands were lost, mainly due to agriculture and development. With Metro Vancouver’s population expected to rise to 3.4million people by 2041 (that’s … Continue reading

BC Wetlands Photo of the Month!

This month’s Wetlands Photo of the Month features a Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) staring curiously into the camera. The photographer, Brian Hampson (who is a back-to-back winner), demonstrates an impressive amount of patience as these birds are highly active and sometimes hard to photograph. Nonetheless, Brian’s image captures an upbeat side to these elusive birds. … Continue reading

Species Profile: Steller’s Jay

As the weather warms and the daylight extends, we being to hear an active chorus of springtime birds. Commonly seen foraging for food around campgrounds and parks, Steller’s Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri) are the blue-winged symbol of BC’s healthy evergreen forests, as well as, our provincial bird! They’re known for their unmistakably blue feathers, triangle-crested heads, … Continue reading

Featured Wetland: The Camosun Bog and Restoration Success

If you live near or in Vancouver then you understand the importance of having urban natural areas. Not only do these areas provide ecological protection, but they offer a peaceful moment for city-dwellers. Sometimes it’s exhausting to get caught up in urban-life, sitting through hours of traffic – or in my case, the bus – … Continue reading

Natural Capital and Rediscovering our Lower Mainland Wetlands

Last Monday we had the privilege to attend the Natural Capital Exhibit put on by the David Suzuki Foundation, Emily Carr and OCAD University in Toronto. The event was appropriately held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston where a series of mini-documentaries – created by students – connected with the audience on the importance of … Continue reading

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