With the Christmas season in full swing and families looking for art projects to do with their kids, NatureKids BC encourages families to consider eco-friendly alternatives to glitter this year.
For many people, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without glitter and sparkly accessories, however, the majority of commercial glitter products use materials that are hazardous to wildlife, birds and fish. Most glitter is made from plastic sheets which are cut into tiny pieces and when washed down the drain, glitter particles join the subset of marine plastic litter that is ...
By now you’ve probably heard about the benefits of getting outside and exploring nature. For kids, the benefits of spending time outside are even more powerful: reduced stress, increased self-confidence, and a strengthened connection to the living world.
As Dr. Scott Sampson, president of Science World, pointed out in an article in the Vancouver Sun, “Children outside tend to be more imaginative, they play longer in a natural environment versus a metal and plastic playground, let alone an indoor structure.”
Research in psychology and health continues to show ...
This Saturday morning, December 1, 2018, children will swap their screens for binoculars to count birds in Stanley Park as part of an event hosted by Bird Studies Canada, NatureKids BC and Stanley Park Ecology Society. The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) helps kids and their families learn about wild birds in our neighbourhoods and contribute to a nation-wide citizen science project while spending valuable time in nature together.
Now in its 8th year in Canada, this popular family event helps create an annual snapshot of how the birds in our parks and other ...
The key message of a new book for the 9-12-year-olds, Dive in!, by the BC-based author, Ann Eriksson, is that everything is connected and our lives are intrinsically linked to the ocean environment.
The ocean provides half the oxygen we breathe; it feeds us, creates our weather and provides us with drinking water. But as is evident through the images that we now see and the stories that we hear on a daily basis, soups of plastic debris, overfishing, rising sea levels and pollution are creating big trouble for our oceans and its inhabitants, and for us. However, there ...
Winter is on its way to BC – the Lower Mainland is not usually very cold, but the rest of BC can be ver-r-r-y cold indeed. So how do living things keep on living through the cold?
We humans have lots of ways to keep warm during winter – warm homes, warm clothes, warm food: our neighbours in nature are often not so lucky and have found different ways to survive.
Many birds migrate – they just wing off south to warmer climates until winter up here is over, then they come back to lay eggs and raise their young. Other birds like chickadees, jays and nuthat...
The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a fun, family-friendly - and free - bird watching event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to important citizen science for bird conservation.
Going for a walk in the forest becomes so much more interesting when you have a sense of which plants and wildlife live in the area. One of the trees all kids in BC should know about is the Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Identifying trees can be daunting as you first start out but let us share an easy way to identify the Douglas-fir based on its cones - and it comes with a story that any child will be sure to retell to their friends and family.
A Pacific Northwest indigenous legend tells that there was once a great fire in the forest. All the animals began to ...
Owls are fun to watch and many species need our help. One of the best ways we can help owls is by creating habitat for them. Below you'll find instructions for how you and your family can build an owl nest for larger owl species such as great horned owls.
Construct a cone from a 1 m square piece of chicken wire. Start by cutting from one corner to the centre and then overlap the two cut edges until the cone is approximately 0.5 m deep. Hold the cone together, using pliers to bend the cut ends of chicken wire around the overlying wire.
Line the cone with a 1 m ...
A brand new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute indicates that there's a direct link between a rapid decline in insect-eating garden birds and increased use of non-native plants in landscaping. Insectivorous birds - such as warblers, bluebirds and woodpeckers - are highly dependent on the availability of high-protein, high-calorie grub such as beetles, caterpillars and spiders to feed their young during the breeding season. When the availability of this type of food isn't available, adults birds are less successful in breeding and the population ...
Fall is the best time of year to see many different types of mushrooms and the forest is the best place to find them.
One of the fascinating things about mushrooms is the way they seem to pop up from nowhere. This is just an illusion (like a magic trick). Really, the parent fungus has been producing very tiny and invisible threads that gather nutrients just like the roots of plants do. When the fungus has found enough food to produce a mushroom it does, and that is what we finally see. The truth is that most of the fungus is still invisible under the ground.