We Need Your Help: Step Up as a Citizen Scientist

We Need Your Help: Step Up as a Citizen Scientist

By Kate Moore

In the past year, our Vancouver Water Monitoring Program has had upwards of 120 volunteers who have donated over 440 hours, and resulting in over 460 water samples collected. Thanks to the astonishing efforts of our citizen science volunteers we were able to create our 2019 Water Monitoring Report from the year-round results.

Backyard Species Part 3: Insect Pollinators

Backyard Species Part 3: Insect Pollinators

By Kate Moore

It seems as though the warm weather is finally here to stay in Vancouver as we move into the spring season. While attempting to work-from-home, outside in the backyard I noticed so many insects buzzing around the new spring blooms.

Backyard Species, Part 2: Trees

Backyard Species, Part 2: Trees

By Kate Moore

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, people were feeling the consequences of “nature deficit”. Canadians spend as much as 90% of our lives inside.1 A shocking 30% of adults spend less than 30 minutes outside per week. And nature-deficit affects children too.2

Connecting to water from home: Spring Newsletter

Connecting to water from home: Spring Newsletter

To our Fraser Riverkeeper community,

While we are socially isolating across Canada, we are more connected than ever. The Swim Drink Fish movement of water guardians continues to grow. Thanks to social media and our digital tools like Swim Guide and Watermark Project, we have shifted our strategy to connect with our community in new and exciting ways. While we’re all doing our part to stay inside during the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve got some activities that will help you engage with our local waters from home.

Backyard Species, Part 1: Birds

Backyard Species, Part 1: Birds

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

Thanks to our supporters

  • Lush
  • MEC
  • Patagonia
  • Smak
  • Tides
  • Sitka
  • Woodtone
  • TD Friends of the Environment
  • Telus
  • Progressive Waste Solutions
  • Ocean Ambassadors
  • RBC Blue Water Project
  • BC Hydro
  • DM Foundation
  • City of North Vancouver
  • Jack Johnson
  • Flowlink