Restoring Wetlands in the Okanagan – 2015 Wetlands Institute

The passion for wetland restoration and protection drew participants from all over BC to the Okanagan to attend the BC Wildlife Federation’s 13th Wetlands Institute, aiming to gain the skills and knowledge needed to complete their own wetland projects. We had quite the range of participants including Biologists, Landscape Technologists and Architects, Environmental Planners, Coordinators, … 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

Hip Deep in the West Kootenays – Wetlands Institute 2013

Did you know North America used to be filled with wetlands?   What a wild thought when you look at our present day landscape where fewer than 20% of wetlands remain in many developed areas. Did you know that wetlands are one of nature’s most valuable ecosystems?  Wetlands provide numerous ecosystem services, including but not limited … Continue reading

Planning Somenos Marsh: Major Proposal Developed by Wetlands Institute Participant

One great thing about the 2012 Sea-to-Sky Wetlands Institute workshop, hosted on July 9 to 15,  is that  it was made more accessible due to the generous support of our  financial partners (listed at the end of the article). This meant that those unable to attend in previous years, due to financial barriers (ex. Students, recent … 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

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