Stricter rules for construction site runoff, along with technology, are combining to make it easier to maintain the health of Coquitlam waterways. When silt and mud collect in streambeds, the habitat and food sources of fish and invertebrates get covered up. Bylaws like Coquitlam’s, which controls drainage and soil run-off, are part of the region-wide goal to protect waterways. See how contractors are using rain gauges to stay in compliance with local bylaws and protect habitat.
Barn owls are making the most of the Terra Nova Lands. See how nest boxes help to encourage breeding, while a banding program gives researchers a valuable tool to track and monitor the health of the owls, as the birds benefit from land use decisions. Barn Owls in Richmond are thriving in the open spaces of Terra Nova Rural Park. The park’s long grasses create habitat for small mammals… and that means lunch for owls. Continue reading
Join one of 10 work parties taking place across Metro Vancouver on Saturday, Oct 25 at the 1st Annual Regional Parks EcoBlitz! Join the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Ecological Restoration Team on Meetup to find a workparty near you or visit the Metro Vancouver events calendar for a listing of EcoBlitz events.
It’s an autumn tradition in Maple Ridge. Spawning salmon are returning to Kanaka Creek Regional Park and so is this popular family event!
This year the Get Out! youth program has welcomed back a graduate of the program as a volunteer youth leader. Michelle is a great example of someone who turned her own life around with the help of the opportunities available for youth in the region.
They are a bit slimy and unattractive, but that doesn’t mean one can’t appreciate a slug. These gastropods are native to our region and can grow up to 10″ long. And when it comes to keeping our parks clean, they’ll take on one of the dirtiest jobs.