CoCoRaHS Canada


What is CoCoRaHS Canada?

• NON-PROFIT, Grassroots, volunteer network of weather observers of all ages and background measuring and mapping precipitation (rain, and snow) in their communities.

• We use low-cost measurement tools and stress education and training to create a network that provides high quality data to a variety of users

• Our Web page provides the ability for our observers to see their observations mapped out in “real time”, as well as providing a wealth of information for our data users.

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Oldriška [Oluna] and Adolf Ceska’s mycological survey of Observatory Hill

started in the fall of 2004, and it is unique in North America by its length and intensity of surveying.

Observatory Hill (Nature Areas Atlas: ).

Oluna’s work is well known in the North American mycological circles, more than in the local general public area.

Read the abstract or download full-text PDF here:

Get close to nature this fall. Join CRD Regional Parks interpreters for free and low-cost guided walks, hikes and drop-in events. Outings and events are designed for nature lovers at all seasons of life, and run rain or shine, every season of the year.

If you are interested in promoting any of our nature outings and events, please contact me for media images and to arrange interviews.

Laurie Sthamann | Communications Coordinator
Parks and Environmental Services | Capital Regional District
490 Atkins Ave, Victoria, BC V9B 2Z8
T: 250.360.3332 | C: 250.889.8030 | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

The link above will take you to this page for much more information.


Visit Canadian Geographic web site

and discover actions you can take to help Tod Creek Watershed.


Rocky Point Bird Observatory (RPBO)

“The following tool was developed by Rocky Point Bird Observatory to help natural systems restoration professionals and volunteers in the Pacific Northwest choose native plants for their gardens that also attract birds. Our goal in developing this tool was to provide a list of native plants to use in place of invasives with a goal to retaining whatever benefit birds were deriving from the invasive plant. The information in this system will be amended over time as more information becomes available.

Plants listed in this tool are ones that are native to the Pacific Northwest at large, they may not be native to your particular area. Care should be taken to ensure you choose a plant that is native to your area. Also, most invasives are better than natives at exploiting a range of habitat types make sure you check the growth requirements for the plant you select to ensure it will thrive in the habitat of the invasive you are replacing.”


The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC)

is a registered charity and non-profit society that is making a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. ISCBC is a dynamic action-oriented organization, helping coordinate and unite a wide variety of concerned stakeholders in the struggle against invasive species in BC and spearheading behaviour change in gardeners, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, First Nations people and both resource industry and horticultural professionals.

Beavers in and around Prospect Lake

Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse 

“Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating unnamedcritical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent’s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wherever there was wood and water, there were beavers — 60 million (or more) — and wherever there were beavers, there were intricate natural communities that depended on their activities. Then the European fur traders arrived.

In Once They Were Hats, Frances Backhouse examines humanity’s 15,000-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver’s even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems. From the waterlogged environs of the Beaver Capital of Canada to the wilderness cabin that controversial conservationist Grey Owl shared with pet beavers; from a bustling workshop where craftsmen make beaver-felt cowboy hats using century-old tools to a tidal marsh where an almost-lost link between beavers and salmon was recently found, Backhouse goes on a journey of discovery to find out what happened after we nearly wiped this essential animal off the map, and how we can learn to live with beavers now that they’re returning.”


Rural Saanich Local Area Plan (LAP)   [latest edition here: 2007]

Rural Saanich Local Action Plan Link


Saanich’s official community plan comprises the General Plan, twelve local area plans, action plans, and the development permit areas, justification and guidelines. Rural Saanich is the largest of the local areas encompassing almost half of the land area within Saanich. Located outside the urban containment boundary, the local area comprises rural acreages, small-scale farms, major parks, and institutional and government lands. These lands include a variety of green/blue spaces with high environmental, scenic, renewable resource, outdoor recreation, greenway, and/or social value.


 Evergreen is a national not-for-profit that inspires action to green cities.

With more than 85 percent of Canadians living in cities, our disconnection from nature has never been greater—causing real problems for the health of the environment, our communities and our economy.
Evergreen’s work is driven by our belief in the power of people to enact positive change and restore the natural health of their communities. Focusing on four program areas—Greenspace, Children, Food and CityWorks—we build partnerships with diverse groups and engage key influencers and the public to inspire local action and create sustainable cities.

Uncover our Creeks Programme:  News to follow, plus announcements.

For a direct look at the native plant list:



Invasive Species Alert List 

Invasive Species Council of B.C.

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You can make a lasting difference in your community and help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species in BC.

History of the Council

The creation of the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (formerly the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia) stems from a call to action from the Fraser Basin Council on the issue of invasive plants in BC after a field trip to the Cariboo in 2001 brought the issue to the forefront. The Fraser Basin Council then led the development of the Invasive Plant Strategy for BC, a groundbreaking document published in 2003 that outlines an action plan to address the exponential increase in invasive plant populations throughout the province.


A new Invasive Species Strategy for BC is now being developed, building upon the original version, and will serve as a tool that will enhance the coordination of invasive species management across BC.

Over the course of 2011, workshops were held across the province to allow stakeholders to provide input and direction of the new Strategy. During the 2012 Public Forum and AGM, “Shutting Out Invaders”, attendees have the opportunity to review the final draft Strategy. All draft versions, regional workshop meeting summaries, and blog discussions are available online. Thank you to the technical writing team and all other contributors to this important initiative for BC!

The Council also began transitioning to become the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia during 2011, to expand from invasive plant management to include all invasive species impacting BC. This transition will continue into 2012 and beyond!



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