We’re very excited about presenting our 2016 annual report. It’s not until we start writing about our adventures across BC and add up the numbers that we are once again reminded of how wonderful this organization really is. Thanks to all of you for making this happen!
Here are some of the amazing numbers from last year:
- More than 1,250 youth members took part in Explorer Days, stewardship projects and other NatureKids BC activities
- 100 volunteers gave 8,000 hours of their time, skills and experience
- 57 nature club leaders organized and led monthly Explorer Days throughout BC
- 200 nature mentors provided expertise in guiding Explorer Days.
So what did we get up to last year? Lot’s of things! Here is just a sample:
- Citizen science amphibian project
Through hands-on citizen science, NKBC members gathered data about local amphibians and submitted it to the BC Frogwatch database, where it will be used to inform land use decisions. One of the participating clubs, NatureKids Prince George, enjoyed being outside in the dark, looking for and counting frogs and toads, alive or dead.
- Bird Aware Cat Care citizen science project
This year we launched a new youth citizen science pilot project that seeks to protect wild birds while keeping cats safe. We asked our members to help us test, through experiments, three different tactics that can help decrease bird predation – by having their cats wear bibs or collars
or by training their cat to walk on a leash while outdoors.
- Action Award success
11 youth from NatureKids Eastern Fraser Valley earned their Bronze Action Awards. Congratulations to Nemo, Sigourney, Tanner, Corbin, Ava, Emma, Paige, Emily, Rowan, Isla and Owen. Also, congratulations to Maya from NatureKids Delta Home Learners on her bronze award and Lena from NatureeKids Oceanside on reaching the silver level.
Thank you to all of you who are a part of NatureKids BC!