Every spring, the Coastal Painted Turtle Project group releases endangered baby Western Painted turtles onto protected nesting beaches in several of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks – more than 400 turtles to date. Continue reading
It’s December 8th and Vancouver is experiencing a King Tide — as the sun and moon’s gravitational forces come together to create some of the highest tides of the year. It’s also a preview of what we can expect if global temperatures, and sea levels, continue to rise. To better understand the future implications, the City of Vancouver has people taking pictures… in the name of science.
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks are home to five hatcheries that produce the largest number of fry released in creeks and rivers in BC, contributing to the region’s ecological health.
Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) has been a Metro Vancouver member since 2009; farming is part of their vision for a sustainable economy. The TFN Farm School is a collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen University.
Migrating salmon up the Seymour River get human help to make it past a massive rock slide that came down in the area in December 2014. Fish are trapped, carried in backpacks up 140+ stairs and then trucked to a hatchery to continue their lifecycle.
A Metro Vancouver mapping project reveals that 22 per cent of the regional core is composed of sensitive ecosystems. An example of this is Delta’s wetlands, renowned as prime bird habitat. These areas support millions of birds and now a Delta birding group has called for a strategy to protect these key areas and develop tourism through bird watching.
Our region’s parks provide many functions and services, from habitat for wildlife to scenic hiking routes for outdoor enthusiasts. Now we are learning that we can add “carbon storage” to the list.
In this episode of Metro Vancouver Close Up – students lead the way on school food scrap recycling programs, citizens take advantage of transportation planning workshops in Surrey, and art and bees find common ground in Richmond. Continue reading
Helping local ecosystems stay healthy is also a way to make art, as Sharon Kallis demonstrates at a Port Moody weed-pulling workshop. Tenacious vines become sturdy hand-woven containers, as participants reconnect with nature through traditional techniques.