‘Snot’ eaters! Who knew?

At low tide each March and April huge flocks of Western Sandpipers swoop down to feed on the 6,000 hectares of brownish-grey gooey mud south of Roberts Bank.

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Plants for Pollinators

June – the month of many seasons June is always a finicky time of year for weather – beautiful sunny days can quickly turn surprisingly cool with sudden rainstorms. Having spent many of these June hours watching and waiting on ideal research conditions, I often think of the pollinators at this time of year and how their short lives also follow these daily ups and downs. With the exception of hummingbirds, pollinators are cold blooded animals (ectothermic) which means they need sunshine to fly. You may sometimes find a pollinator huddled up inside a flower to avoid a ...

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We are growing!

NatureKids BC has big plans to ensure everybody knows that kids belong in nature. To help us grow our impact, we're seeking a team member who'll work in collaboration with our Executive Director to raise more revenue through a variety of fund development activities. This contract (one-year to start with) is particularly is suitable for a result-oriented fundraiser who wants a part-time position (22.5 hours per week) based from home. The job description is posted on Charity Village's website. NatureKids BC seeks an ambitious, innovative and results-oriented fundraiser ...

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Cats and Birds

Our relationship with house cats and wild birds is complicated. NatureKids BC's Executive Director, Louise Pedersen, recently spoke with TV host Judi Murakami about ways we can keep cats and wildlife birds safe for the benefit of both. Suggestions include keeping cats from roaming unsupervised by training them to walk on a leash or building them a catio. The video (below) was produced for Shaw Channel 4 in Comox Valley, BC. NatureKids BC recently finished its two-year long Bird Aware Cat Care Youth Citizen Science Project. We are grateful to all the ...

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Read Our 2017 Impact Report

If you enjoy seeing kids and families having fun exploring their local nature, you’re in for a treat. We had a great time sifting through all the images that were sent to us throughout the year by parents and volunteers from across BC. Each image really tells its own story of fun times exploring and learning, all while being part of an amazing community of kids, families and volunteers who share a love of the outdoors. With the help of our extended community of volunteers, members, donors and partners, NatureKids BC had a remarkable impact. This past year more than ...

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Planting for Pollinators: May

There's much that we can all do to help pollinators in our own backyards. It's key to remember that pollinators feed largely on flowering plants. They consume sugar-rich nectar, as well as protein and fats from pollen. Here are some hot tips for making pollinator-friendly backyards. Make sure to not use pesticides, and purchase starters that have not been treated with pesticides before you bought them. Prevent turning the soil or mulching where possible. Over 70% of native bees live in the ground, and disturbed soil ruins their homes. Plan your garden ...

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Kids give pollinators a helping hand in province-wide initiative

NatureKids BC is launching a new pollinator citizen science project this week that encourages kids and their families all over British Columbia to collect data on local pollinators. The project will provide opportunities for children to get involved in real science and learning about nature on their doorstep. Through pollinator surveys and education materials, children will learn about wild pollinators and how to identify them. They will collect data on the abundance and diversity of bees, wasps, and butterflies in green spaces in their local area through data collect...

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National Volunteer Week: Jenni Stol, Club Leader

National Volunteer Week has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteering on NatureKids BC. Over the past few days we have profiled just a few of the wonderful volunteers who make us who we are, and today you will meet Jenni Stol, a biologist by profession and in her spare time a nature club leader for NatureKids Nelson. What do you like best about volunteering with NatureKids? That I can bring my kids! I’m happy to be fostering a love of nature in my own family, and sharing this with my community.  Plus our mentors are always such ...

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Support our First Ever Silent Auction and Get Something Great in Return!

Want to support one of your favourite charities while getting something awesome in return? On April 21 to May 13 you can bid on a whole range of great items that have been donated by local businesses. We have jackets from Patagonia and Arcteryx, a whalewatching trip from Eagle Wing Tours, a gift card to SportChek, tickets for Mamma Mia, the musical, a spot in Soaring Eagle Nature School's monthly program (2018-19) and will be adding more items before the auction kicks off. Check it out here. The money we raise will be allocated entirely to the NatureKids BC Nature Club ...

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National Volunteer Week: Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch – Nature Mentor

It's day 3 of National Volunteer Week and today we're featuring Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch. Cecil is a Professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia.  He has has been a Nature Mentor for the Vancouver NatureKids Club leading programs and sharing his love and knowledge of trees and forests. A nature mentor is someone who shares their expertise, skills and knowledge about the natural world with our members during Explorer Days. What attracts you to NatureKids in particular? That I can share my passion for trees and nature with children ...

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