For those that were unable to tune in, or those that would like an encore, our webinar from last week with Josephine Clark of Metro Vancouver and Sarah Gergel from UBC is now posted to the SCCP’s You Tube channel through the following link: https://youtu.be/kgrfoS2RkaE.
You can check out the complete SCCP webinar archive at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClaFkFYYC2TP0-2H5vdmscQ
On Oct 10th, 2018 the SCCP hosted its annual South Coast species at risk networking event. This year the event was held in North Vancouver and had almost 50 participants from a wide range of environmental backgrounds from across the South Coast.
The SCCP talked about its newest resources, including the our most recent publications: Species at Risk and Critical Habitat: Understanding Responsibilities & Making Informed Decisions on Private Land. and Gardening with Native Plants in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
View the presentations from the following:
Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World. 2016. Voigt and Kingston. Springer.
In keeping with our species pick profile for this newsletter, take a look at this e-book from 2016 on bats, available for free (open access) through Springer Link! Thanks to SCCP Steering Committee member Greg Ferguson for sharing this resource.
It is unusual to be able to access a comprehensive publication focused on the science, conservation, perspectives and management of this unique order of mammals.
Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
Announcing our latest South Coast tools and resources hot off the e-press!
Tamsin Baker, SCCP Stewardship Coordinator:
In addition to our guides on amphibians, owls and land snails, the widely anticipated 'Gardening with Native Plants in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley' guide was released in August! Produced in partnership with the Fraser valley Conservancy, this colourful multi-page booklet is full of information to get you started in creating a wildlife habitat garden using native plants that will attract local critters such as birds, butterflies, bees, and more!
Little Brown Myotis - Consumer of Moths and “Mozzies”
These small insectivorous bats belong to the genus Myotis or “mouse-eared bats” they belong to the family Vespertilionidae (vesper bats, also known as evening or common bats). Of Canada’s nineteen bat species, the Little Brown Bat is the one most likely to be seen in urban areas. A member of the only group of mammals to have achieved true flight, they are incredibly adept at using our human or ‘built’ environment for parts of their life. (image credit Pamela Zevit)
River’s Day Reflections
Contributed by Dr. John Richardson, University of British Columbia Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences / SCCP Steering Committee Chair.
A lot of attention is paid to large rivers, as we use those for a variety of ecosystem services, and we all fret about the reduction in their quality. However, we rarely think about the sources of water, all those little trickles of streams draining from forests, alpine areas and grasslands that come together to form our majestic rivers.
Hot off the e-press, our most recent publication Species at Risk and Critical Habitat: Understanding Responsibilities & Making Informed Decisions On Private Land (Sept. 2018) has been developed specifically for addressing roles and responsibilities around dealing with species at risk and critical habitat on private lands on BC's South Coast.
Catch up with the SCCP and others involved in species at risk recovery for our annual South Coast species at risk gathering! This year, the event will be on October 10th and held in North Vancouver. There will be a number of speakers, including two engaging panels. There will be special focus on the Sunshine Coast and Sea-to-Sky Corridor. Registration is required with the deadline being October 5th. For more information, including the agenda, and to register - click HERE.
The widely anticipated 'Gardening with Native Plants in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley' guide has finally been released! This multi-paged colourful booklet is full of information to get you started in creating a wildlife habitat garden using native plants that will attract local critters such as birds, butterflies, bees, and more! There is a handy table listing 40 plants (with photos!) to help you pick the top shrubs, trees, and flowers. The guide, and other handy resources regarding backyard habitat enhancement, can be found HERE.
The SCCP is pleased to announce two new publications of its South Coast Species at Risk Series titled Getting to Know your Owls at Risk and Getting to Know your Land Snails at Risk. This is in addition to the first publication titled Getting to Know your Amphibians at Risk.
These documents were created to provide the reader with direct links to the latest information about these species and how to help. You can find them, along with our varioud identifcation guides, HERE. There are two versions - a downloadable on-line version with active weblinks and a slightly different version only for printing.