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

Building Wetlands in the Somenos Marsh: Treating Storm Water and Creating Habitat

This article was submitted by Elizabeth Bailey, Program Coordinator for the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. Elizabeth attended the 2014 Wetlands Institute. Along with a team of experts and community supporters, the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) has restored a wetland pond in the Somenos Marsh to treat storm water and create wildlife habitat. It has … Continue reading

Wetland Institute Alumni Restores Wetland in Fraser Valley

Why did the farmer restore a wetland?  Because it mud perfect sense. Terrible puns aside, Celia Serrano probably didn’t anticipate how deep she would wade into BC’s wetland culture when she boarded her plane from Spain to start her internship with Balance Ecological in the Lower Mainland.  She spent numerous weeks monitoring the endangered Oregon … Continue reading

April 28th – Save the Frogs Day

What the heck is a herpetologist? Probably not what you think. When Elke Wind tells people that she’s a herpetologist she often gets suspicious looks until she explains that she studies reptiles and amphibians. She’s been in the field for more than 15 years and completed her Masters in the 1990s at the University of … Continue reading

Whose Eggs Are These?

The beginning of April brings the return of migratory wildlife, blossoming trees, and of course, the spawning of many amphibian and aquatic species. Our selection this week is appropriately titled “Whose Eggs are These?”. Often-times it can be difficult to identify amphibian eggs, since many of them look similar. This week, we consulted Herptologist Elke … Continue reading

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