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Research and Monitoring


 stanley park ecological researchSPES undertakes collaborative research and monitoring programs in Stanley Park and beyond to preserve the ecological integrity of the park. Programs are overseen by our our staff Registered Professional Biologists and are based on provincial survey standards. The information we gather is used by all levels of government, community groups, and local academic institutions, and supports park management.


Wildlife and Habitat Monitoring

SPES programs aim to fill gaps in ecological information and provide data and maps on trends affecting Stanley Park’s ecology. We have many long-term and seasonal survey projects underway in Stanley Park and in the City of Vancouver. Our longest running projects include the monitoring of Canada’s largest urban heron colony and the monitoring of bald eagle nests throughout the City of Vancouver.

Research Projects

All research projects are undertaken in collaboration with local academic institutions and provide a more rigorous study of subject areas. We are striving to learn more about the wildlife and habitats that make up Stanley Park to inform park management as well as provide current information for our education programs. Student projects vary each year and SPES’s scientific advisors provide ongoing support for a diverse range of topics. Recent landmark projects include Stanley Park’s first ever bioblitz held in 2011. Please review the [Download not found]

The first State of the Park Report for the Ecological Integrity of Stanley Park (SOPEI) was released by SPES in 2010. It identifies:

1. Stanley Park’s major ecosystems

2. Their potential stressors

3. Gaps in ecological knowledge about the park

The report includes a complete ecological inventory of Stanley Park to assess its current state and future trends of important environmental indicators.