Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 3: Mapping the watershed

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 3: Mapping the watershed

Multiple practitioners working under the umbrella of the Maxwell Creek Watershed Project (MCWP or “the Project”) have contributed to this third instalment of the Field Files series, a photo essay illustrating the important role spatial data and mapping plays in establishing landscape-wide restoration projects. All maps were made by Nicholas Courtier, who also assisted with…

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: All about Hornby Island

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: All about Hornby Island

This installment is the third of several articles seeking to explore the ways ecosystems  differ between the islands within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone. Grant Scott, chair of the Hornby Island Conservancy and trustee on the Hornby Island Local Trust Committee, describes how historic land management regimes continue to shape the ways forests are…

Investigating individual distinctiveness in the calls of wild belugas   

Investigating individual distinctiveness in the calls of wild belugas   

Beluga whales produce a multitude of sounds for a variety of functions. To date, calls used for group cohesion and for mother-calf contact, known as ‘contact calls’, are the best understood 4,6,8,11,13,14.  The fact that contact calls sound nothing like the typical chirps and whistles that are common in  the beluga vocal repertoire, but instead…

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: All about Gabriola Island

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: All about Gabriola Island

This installment is the second in a series of several articles seeking to explore the ways ecosystems  differ between the islands within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone. Rob Brockley, President of the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust, explains the ways topography, soil conditions, and increasing development pressure have influenced and continue to shape the…

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 2: Developing surveying methodologies 

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 2: Developing surveying methodologies 

The project takes a watershed-wide scope to improve understanding of both existing and historical ecological conditions. The first question we aim to answer is: how has modification via forestry, fire, wetland drainage, etc. influenced hydrological dynamics, availability and quality of freshwater (i.e. source drinking water), and local forest ecology? We seek to find answers to…