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Salmon. Photo © Northwest Power and Conservation Council, via flickr and Creative Commons

Salmon risk a slow-poached future in B.C. rivers

River levels in southern B.C. are low, and their temperatures are warmer than normal. Fish are seeking shelter in deeper, larger, cooler pools wherever they can. With fish pooled in creeks and rivers, disease spreads more readily, and predators have an easier time making their catches of the day. Returning Read more →

Blue camas, buttercups and spring gold bloom in a south Vancouver Island Garry oak meadow. Photo © Monique Keiran

Forests move slowly in a rapidly changing world

When I first moved here, one winter many years ago, a long-time area resident gifted me with a list of some of her favourite outdoor spaces. She rattled off the names of parks and trails that she enjoyed. Then she let slip the name of a small hilltop Saanich park. Read more →

Myrtle warbler. Photo © zenbenscience, via creative commons & flickr

Birds started migrating to avoid winter, not to seek better breeding grounds

While we await the region’s autumn rains, the rest of the country prepares for winter. After last year’s ordeal, flocks of Snowbirds east of the Rockies are preparing their escape routes. Some will visit our region. Others will head south. Our behaviour mirrors a time-honoured tradition begun by our feathered Read more →

View of the Columbia Icefield from the visitor centre. Photo © Samantha Marx (@smath.com). via creative commons and flickr

Columbia Icefield determines future of downstream benefits of the Columbia River

When you stand on the new Glacier Skywalk, just off the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, you can look down into the depths of the Sunwapta Valley 280 metres beneath your feet and up at the heights of the Continental Divide around you. Nestled among these peaks is the Read more →

Heat wave. Photo © Steve Harris, via creative commons and flickr

Forecast states tempers will rise with temperature

The Environment Canada website for the Victoria forecast pronounced “Be prepared for … HEAT!” Normally the notices above the daily weather predictions warn of coming high winds, storms, freezing temperatures, thick fog, or heavy rains. This last week, however, it cautioned us to expect a heat wave. Caution, indeed, is Read more →

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