by Scott Wallace, senior research scientist
Green is usually a good thing when talking about the environment, but not when talking about the invasive European green crab, which is becoming more common in B.C.'s intertidal zones. In mid-August, I was kayaking in one of the most remote areas of Vancouver Island when I observed my first green crab up a narrow inlet and above a traditional First Nations fish weir. I've been casually looking since 1999 when I first heard of their presence on the coast. Now, without really looking, I came across two live crabs and a recent moult (they shed their exoskeletons when growing) within a few minutes.Continue reading »
How neighbourly are you?
Before you approach neighbours about the leaves they don't rake, their scented dryer sheets, second-hand smoke wafting into your bedroom window or the car abandoned in their yard, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you coming from a place of judgment?
- Are you prepared for the outcome? Are you prepared to change? (They might say something you don't want to hear.)
- Is the issue important enough to risk the relationship and potentially create conflict?
And if you have 14 minutes and 47 seconds, this video by Leo Busgaglia reveals a thoughtful analysis of human relationships, including a neighbourly incident that you no doubt can relate to. Leo once asked, "What are we doing stuffing facts into people and forgetting that they are human beings?" He also taught a university class titled "Love" where there were no grades!Continue reading »
Last summer, David Suzuki Foundation scientist Faisal Moola asked me why I became an environmentalist. We were discussing a topic for this blog, and his question was a good starting point.
I didn't know what to tell him.
You'd think I'd know the answer. Many environmentalists recall the precise moment that launched them into activism. For some, it's a book or film. Others are changed after a conversation with a friend or teacher, or when they witnessed environmental devastation first-hand.
I couldn't recall my moment. When I was younger, I lived with chronic pain, which affected my ability to remember my teen years.
By all accounts, it's a wonder that I'm an environmentalist at all. As a teen, I lived with my family on an organic farm, but I hated farm life. All of my camping experiences were horrible. I much prefer being inside than out. And, I never enjoyed science classes.
When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren.Continue reading »
A bioblitz marries two of my favourite things: identifying birds by song AND a healthy dose of competition.
It's a 24-hour, round-the-clock race to count as many plant and animal species as possible for a particular area. And it's not only a way for folks wielding biology degrees to geek out — it's also family-friendly.
A bioblitz is perfect for you if you:
- Like free events
- Want your kids to touch a snake (and you don't have to)
- Want to have fun
- Are curious about biodiversity in your community
- Want to meet other nature nuts
You can't save them if you don't know what they are. Surrey, the fastest growing municipality in Metro Vancouver, is creating healthier living environments for people and wildlife by identifying high-value green spaces, preserving them and connecting them in corridors.Continue reading »
Last weekend, Georgia, Shawn and their three-year-old daughter, Ele, grabbed a tent and sleeping bags, jumped on their bikes and headed downtown. They were one of two dozen lucky families that slept under the stars, against a backdrop of skyscrapers, for the David Suzuki Foundation's first-ever Homegrown Jamboree.Continue reading »