First Annual Summer Nature Photo Competition

All NatureKids BC members - children and adults - can capture the beauty of BC's nature in the summertime by taking part in our first annual summer nature photo competition. Participants can submit up to 5 photos for a chance to: Have your photo published in the December issue of NatureWILD Win a complimentary framing of your nature photo, and Win some fabulous prizes! There will be one winner from each of these three categories: Kids 5-8, Kids 9-12, and Adults. HOW TO ENTER: Send up to 5 nature photos to photocontest2019@naturekidsbc.ca, along with your ...

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NatureKids BC online silent auction is back!

Fancy going to see a spectacular musical performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda? Or how about a spot in a Fresh Air Learning summer camp or a membership to the Victoria Bug Zoo? All these and much more could be yours as the second annual NatureKids BC online silent auction opens for bids on May 4. This is your chance to support a wonderful charity that helps children in British Columbia get outdoors to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature. The money we raise from the auction will be allocated entirely to our new Nature Club Fund. This fund will be ...

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Job posting: Executive Director

NatureKids BC Job Alert! Our Executive Director, Louise Pedersen, is moving on to a new position with the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, and we're now searching for the right person to pick up the daily strategic and operational leadership and continue to move the organization forward. The successful candidate will join a team of competent and passionate staff, an inspired and engaged board of directors, an incredible group of volunteers who lead our community-based family clubs, and with a strategic planning process underway this really is an exciting time to ...

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Nature Q&A with Al: Squirrels

Q: What is the difference between a red squirrel and a Douglas squirrel?   A: I love squirrels, they are so much fun to watch - always busy, going about their business of gathering food, or chattering loudly to warn of predators such as large owls, hawks, long-tailed weasels and American marten. In BC we have two related squirrel species –American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii). How to tell the difference? The red squirrel’s eye rings and tummy are white; the Douglas squirrel has orangey eye rings and ...

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Why Are Fish Shaped The Way They Are?

What is a fish? A fish is a vertebrate (an animal with a backbone) that lives in water. There are more fish than any other kind of vertebrate - not surprising since our planet is mostly water. Now to our question – why ARE fish shaped the way they are? To answer that, it is important to understand the environment in which fish live. This affects their shape and how they survive. First of all, fish are cold-blooded animals. Mammals, including humans, are ‘warm-blooded’- their bodies can control their own temperature. Mammals can grow a layer of fat or fur to ...

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Hunters in the sky

Because many different species of birds hunt by day, they use different ways of catching prey so they do not compete with each other - here are just a few of the ways. #1 - Pounce from high up: Red-tail Hawk While the Red-tail is almost the largest bird you’ll see, even the biggest one weighs only a little over one kilogram - yet it can catch rabbits of double that weight! The Red-tail Hawk has very sharp eye-sight and can see long distances. It can spot prey from 30 metres away. Sitting, very still, high up on trees and telephone poles, the hawk moves its eyes all ...

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Donate today to get more kids outside!

NatureKids BC is thrilled to be launching its first formal fundraising appeal after 18 years of supporting volunteer-led nature clubs in local communities throughout British Columbia. The inaugural fundraising drive focuses on bringing the benefits of family-time outside together to more residents across BC. “As a small charity, we rely on the exceptional generosity of a select few foundations and individuals, but we’re looking forward to expanding our community of donors in the months and years ahead,” said Executive Director, Louise Pedersen. NatureKids BC ...

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Not All that Glitters is Gold for Wildlife

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 ...

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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Love Nature

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 ...

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Kids Swap Screens for Binoculars to Count Birds

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 ...

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