In 2013 the SCCP began to develop a unique approach to addressing habitat restoration for species at risk. While there is a plethora of guidance documents out there, resources specific to South Coast species and ecological communities at risk are scarce or dated. Almost three years in the making “Diversity by Design – A Resource Guide for the South Coast of British Columbia was launched” in March 2016 through a series of workshops in partnership with the Fraser Valley Conservancy. The 'DxD' series is made up of four documents, the 'Guide', Module 1 - Wetland Communities, Module 2 - Forest Communities and Module 3 - Stream and Riparian Communities. Chock full of illustrations and supporting imagery the series uses local case studies to demonstrate a “how to” approach for real world application. It is hoped that DxD will become an essential tool for restoration practitioners, stewardship organizations and local governments. The SCCP intends to use the guides as part of future professional development training and other workshop opportunities. See “Restoration Design” under our Resources tab on our homepage.
Workshop outcomes from our October 2015 professional development focus session for environmental educators have now been posted. Close to 20 formal and informal educators attend this session facilitated by Pamela Zevit at the Surrey Central Library. Some of the lessons learned and discussion outcomes will be no surprise to those involved in environmental education locally and beyond. As an example the group identified that “Species at Risk recovery strategies almost always recommend stewardship and working with stewardship groups as way to recover species, but there is not always funding to help these groups/programs”. To read the full report and learning outcomes, see “For Educators” under our Resources tab on our homepage. The link will bring you to our ‘Species at Risk in the Classroom (SARitc) page. The report, “Conservation-based Learning Knowledge Sharing and Networking: Outcomes from the 2015 Environmental Educators Pro-D Day Workshop” can be found with other relevant resources at the bottom of the page.
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Tamsin Baker our Stewardship Coordinator has also developed “Coastal Sand Ecosystem Management Guidelines” for North Thormanby Island on the Sunshine Coast. Thormanby Island along with Savary Island remain two of our most intact and productive coastal sand ecosystems on the South Coast. The report can be found on the Coastal Sand Ecosystems Project page.
Species at Risk in BC 2016 Field Guide: Developed by Environment Canada and Climate Change - Canadian Wildlife Service, this pocket guide provides a few highlights from the recovery documents that could help you to: identify these terrestrial species at risk, find the places where they may live, and learn about the threats they face.
Pacific Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias fannini) Nesting Activities (1998 – 2015) Bowen Island, BC. Prepared for: Bowen Heron Watch (Bowen Nature Club & Bowen Island Conservancy) Bowen Island. The report can be found in the resources section of the Great Blue Heron page
*image credit courtesy of Zo Ann Morton, Pacific Streamkeepers Federation