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.
The West Creek Wetlands is a 66 hectare protected Metro Vancouver regional park reserve that’s normally off limits to the public. But twice a year, people are given a rare chance for a guided tour. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about this nature preserve and find out how limiting human access helps the at-risk species that call it home.
Urban trees are part of the natural capital that protects our economic and social well-being. They buffer noise, reduce stormwater runoff, and provide habitat for wildlife. The City of Vancouver has set a goal of planting 150,000 trees by 2020. With the help of a team of citizen foresters, this ambitious goal is closer than ever. See how training gives these volunteers the skills to help the city get greener.
href=”http://metrovancouverblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/mvconnecthover2.png”> 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
Mimicking nature is the big idea behind rainwater collection on Burke Mountain. To protect the health of streams, the design works to put water where it needs to go. See how a flexible design slows down the water to prevent stream damage.
Burnaby celebrated Canadian Environment Week with a festival focused on sustainability topics. From wildlife protection to waste management, see how this week-long event helped residents learn how they can help protect the local environment.
Listening to its citizens and encouraging new ideas is an important part of Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. See how the city plans to incorporate the results of public dialogue into a comprehensive vision of Burnaby’s future.
It may seem like the right thing to do, but feeding wildlife brings with it a whole bunch of problems. Find out why you shouldn’t try to help Mother Nature and learn how feeding wild creatures can actually put them in danger in the long run with this video from 2006, which has valuable insights that still hold true today.