Stories

Bear eating berries

ECOSYSTEM 101: Bears, Berries and Bees

The relationship between bears, huckleberries and bees is both straightforward and simple. Bees pollinate flowers, flowers make berries, bears eat berries. Seems simple enough. But is it?
Huckleberry flowers

SPECIES STORY: Black Huckleberry

Through the summer, bright red berries hang like jewels from the shrub's delicate branches. The berries beckon to all who pass—feather or fur—and deliver a punch of sweet and sour flavour.
vaccinium membranaceum

FUN FACTS: What's in a name?

Did you know that well over 50 languages are spoken in B.C., including over 40 First Nations languages? With that much language diversity, one can guess that something as common as a huckleberry might go by many different names.

Sierra Quadra awarded 2016 May Day Award

The Sierra Club BC local group on Quadra Island has received the 2016 May Day civic award. The award is presented each year to an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding community service.
Salish Sea Gathering

Salish Sea and W̱SÁNEĆ Gathering

Indigenous and the local non-Aboriginal community gathered to learn about W̱SÁNEĆ and Salish Sea cultures, the environmental threats we face, and how we must work together to move forward.
Education program at John Muir in Sooke

A day in the life of an environmental educator

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Sooke and teach students at both John Muir Elementary School and École Poirier Elementary School. I wanted to share some stories about my experience teaching these kids out in nature.