Backyard Species, Part 1: Birds

Backyard Species, Part 1: Birds

Mar 25, 2020

By Kate Moore

I personally have been finding it difficult to practice social distancing, especially with the weather getting warmer in Vancouver and not being able to enjoy my normal spring activities like skiing, hiking, and soaking up the sun with friends. However, it is so incredibly important for public health that we all do our part, and stay home if we can in order to “flatten the curve.” 

Are Vancouverites flocking to the water amidst the COVID-19 outbreak?

Are Vancouverites flocking to the water amidst the COVID-19 outbreak?

Mar 20, 2020

By Julia Pepler

Earlier this week, we made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend citizen science participation in our Vancouver Water Monitoring Program until further notice. Due to the current circumstances and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we didn’t want our dedicated volunteers, who are always selfless and generous with their time, to have to choose between their health and their involvement in protecting our waters.

Video: What it takes to monitor the water in False Creek year-round

Video: What it takes to monitor the water in False Creek year-round

Mar 10, 2020

Check out our new video that gives you the behind-the-scenes of what it takes to monitor the water in False Creek year-round!

Fraser River Cleanup may be the largest event of its kind in B.C.

Fraser River Cleanup may be the largest event of its kind in B.C.

Mar 3, 2020

Chilliwack Progress, Jennifer Feinberg

Aim is to surpass record of 700 volunteers but it will be a success no matter what say organizers

Organizers of the Fraser River Cleanup may be able to lay claim to hosting the largest river cleanup in B.C.

Help clean the Fraser River's banks before spring floods wash garbage into the Salish Sea

Help clean the Fraser River's banks before spring floods wash garbage into the Salish Sea

Feb 27, 2020

The Georgia Straight, Martin Dunphy 

If you'd like to top up your good-karma levels to coincide with the arrival of nice weather, head down to the banks of the Fraser River the week after the spring equinox.

How Shoreline Cleanups Benefit Communities and Local Ecosystems

How Shoreline Cleanups Benefit Communities and Local Ecosystems

Feb 21, 2020

By Julia Pepler

When the founders of the Annual Fraser River Cleanup planned their first event at Gill Bar in 2007 it was out of necessity. Gill Bar had become a dumping ground for old washing machines, barrels full of unknown materials, mattresses, and more. This first cleanup brought in just over a dozen concerned citizens who wanted to lend a hand for the sake of the local ecosystem.

The Case for Cold Water Swimming

The Case for Cold Water Swimming

Feb 14, 2020

By Julia Pepler

The idea of jumping into an icy body of water gives me instant butterflies. More and more, I’ve heard of the health benefits of swimming in cold water. Whether or not those are true, I know one thing for sure: swimming in cold water provides unique opportunities to connect with local waterways and with your body in a new way.

Dipping My Cup in Arctic Waters

Dipping My Cup in Arctic Waters

Jan 30, 2020

By Julia Pepler

When I was 18 years old I got the opportunity to go on a 52-day canoe trip with my summer camp. Alongside 7 other campers and 2 leaders, we travelled to our starting point on Tibbitt Lake in the Northwest Territories. 

A Rare Opportunity for a Healthier Salish Sea

A Rare Opportunity for a Healthier Salish Sea

Jan 23, 2020

By guest writer Zack Shoom

Metro Vancouver is facing one of the greatest opportunities in recent history to prevent toxins and microplastics from entering the Fraser River and Salish Sea: an upgrade to our region's largest wastewater treatment plant. 

Can saltwater freeze?

Can saltwater freeze?

Jan 14, 2020

By Julia Pepler

Growing up in Ontario, I’ve always thought freshwater lakes freeze and oceans don’t. But in this recent cold snap in Vancouver, I’ve noticed a thin layer of ice in False Creek...a salty inlet. So what’s the deal?

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