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.
Between the demands of work, errands, fitness, and family, modern life can be a juggling act. We try our best to fit everything in—scheduling workout classes, date nights with our partners, and our children’s increasingly packed schedules.
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Here is our list of top tips to help start the conversation about the changing climate with your children in a way that creates a hopeful and balanced perspective.
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.
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 ...