Help Watch for White Nose Syndrome in BC’s Bats

White nose syndrome (WNS) is a deadly fungus that grows on the noses and bodies of bats. It first appeared in the Eastern United States in 2006. Since then, over six million bats have died from WNS. Little Brown and Northern bats both received emergency listing as species at risk under Canada’s Species at Risk … Continued

Measuring Change in BC’s Parks

In 2011, BC Parks launched its Long-term Ecological Monitoring, or LTEM, project. This project is designed to measure environmental change over a long period of time. Parks provide relatively pristine areas in which to do this, and can teach us a lot about how the environment responds to climate change. Our LTEM plots measure either … Continued

Get Your Bear-ings!

I’ve been a Ranger for two seasons now and can’t count the number of times I’ve given my “bear aware” talk to visitors on the trails. Wildlife education is one of the greatest tools we can use to keep people safe from bears and bears safe from people. For those of us who love being … Continued

Bear Viewing in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

The changing seasons bring with them changing opportunities to experience wildlife and connect with nature in our parks. As the summer comes to a close, nature begins its autumnal preparations for winter. With autumn comes spawning salmon. With salmon come bears. With bears come…people – from far and wide, hoping to get a chance to … Continued

Environment Reporting BC

Do you ever wonder just how healthy our environment in BC is? How clean is our air and water? How fast is our climate changing? And – perhaps – how much of our land and water is protected? Environmental Reporting BC provides access to scientific data and information about the state of our environment and … Continued

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups in BC Parks

BC Parks is excited to once again be partnering with the Vancouver Aquarium as a conservation supporter of the WWF’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. BC Parks along with volunteers and community partners will be hosting cleanup events throughout the year in BC Parks. If you are interested in organizing a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event, please contact your … Continued

Whitebark Pine Restoration in Mount Robson Provincial Park

The whitebark pine is an extremely long-lived tree species that is found at the upper subalpine elevations. In 2010, the Committee on the status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada designated whitebark pine as an endangered species with “a high risk of extirpation from Canada” (COSEWIC 2010) due to the combined impacts of white pine blister … Continued

2016/17 Park Enhancement Funding Now Available

$240,000 is now available for BC Parks volunteer projects taking place in 2016/17. Each of BC Parks’ five regions have been allocated $20,000 to support conservation projects, and $20,000 to support recreation projects.  There is also $40,000 for multi-regional projects. To access this funding for a specific park, please contact your local BC Parks staff … Continued

Invasive Species Action Month in BC

Aggressive, swarming ants that deliver a painful sting?  Highly competitive and toxic plants that produce up to 100,000 seeds?  Mussels that could severely deplete the food supply of native salmon?  These invasive species – European fire ants, giant hogweed and zebra/quagga mussels – are just three of the 320 species that threaten BC’s environment, economy … Continued