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Colquitz River Restoration – In the News!

See page 10 in the Fall 2022 edition of ‘Our Backyard’ for an article written by Katrina Adams, Sr. Aquatic Biologist for PSS, outlining the ongoing salmon spawning habitat restoration project on the Colquitz River.   https://www.saanich.ca/assets/Community/Documents/Planning/OurBackyardFall2022Web.pdf
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The most important species you’ve never heard of!

Sharing an event from Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – BC   Join me next week! Learn about the tiny but mighty sandlance Donate  |  Take Action  | About   Meet our Marine Special Guest Pop quiz! What common west coast fish spends most of its life buried in the sand but is vitally important to the …

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Peninsula Streams in the News!

Check out the links below from recent stories on Chek TV Forage Fish returning to Pocket Beach. https://www.cheknews.ca/forage-fish-make-a-return-to-pocket-beach-in-vic-west-1109074/ Bio-Engineered Fencing on Mermaid Creek https://www.cheknews.ca/mermaid-creek-receives-new-bio-engineered-fencing-1108235/
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It’s Time to Renew your Membership!

The 2023 Membership portal is now open! Regular Membership – $10 Student Membership – $5   Please also consider becoming a Volunteer by clicking on the Volunteer button and filling in the survey. We have many ways that you can help us protect and manage the streams and watersheds in the Greater Victoria region.   …

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What’s a Rain Garden? Green Stormwater Infrastructure Explained

Rain gardens are vegetated areas in urban environments, designed to capture, hold, cool and filter water on the landscape. Rain gardens hold water where it can either evaporate, be transpired by plants (loss of water through leaves, stems, and flowers), or seep deep into the soil and groundwater. These gardens are an example of ‘Green …

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Local Landowner Restores Backyard Stream and Inspires a Watershed Community

Did you know that many members of our Greater Victoria community have the potential to take on meaningful restoration projects on their own property? However, restoration can be an intimidating prospect, as it involves more than simply digging out some invasive plants. So, how do community members transform a backyard space into a habitat for …

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Community-Level Climate Change: Long-Term Monitoring of Water Levels at Gardners Pond

Climate change is a growing global concern with significant implications for local aquatic ecosystems. As a result of shifted moisture regimes, streams within Greater Victoria are threatened by low summer flows, which can result in fish strandings (fish trapped in small, hot pools) and deaths. Peninsula Streams Society mitigates these effects by building the health …

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Education in the Salish Sea: The link between Whale Watching and Forage Fish Conservation

by Carmen Pavlov, Environmental Support Technician Living near the Salish Sea brings a diverse range of wildlife to our doorstep, including seabirds, intertidal critters, fish, and the charismatic Orca (Orcinus orca). Orcas in B.C are classified into three groups: residents (Northern and Southern), transients, and offshores. All three have distinct diets, social/family groups, hunting strategies, …

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What’s In The Water? Community Water Quality Monitoring, Volunteering, and a Life full of Science

Environmental non-profits thrive when supported by volunteer contributions and citizen science. Our volunteers’ dedication and passion are what drive our community-based environmental conservation...
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Building Hope for Salmon at Millstream Creek

Working on the Millstream Creek Fishway Project allowed Farmer Construction to further our understanding of how to use urban building knowledge to create salmon enhancement habitat.
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Rivers, Rain and Change

In spite of COVID-19 we’ve managed to begin beach cleanups, plan fall school programs, reinstated our volunteer water quality sampling, and are ramping up forage fish beach surveys
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Breaking Water by Building with Rocks

Over sixty metric tons of rock and spawning gravel have been added to the Swan Creek since 2014. This is about the weight of a space shuttle!
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Volunteers Needed for Creatures of Habitat 2019

“Creatures of Habitat” is an environmental education program that we deliver annually to Grade 6 and 7 students to coincide with Earth Day
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Colquitz Coalition Annual Meeting – Feb. 13, 2019

See various notes and downloads from our Annual Meeting of the Colquitz Coalition.
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Island View Beach Clean-up

Meet us on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 am to help clean up Island View Beach with a special appearance from Santa!
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Help Saanich Peninsula students help the Environment!

Please consider volunteering for our 10th Annual Creatures of Habitat events this spring! Volunteers are needed to provide instruction and supervision to the students during the outdoor activities.
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