A one-year webinar series presented by SPES

Following the release of our second State of the Park report in October 2020, SPES is debuting a webinar series entitled, “Caring for Natural Spaces in Urban Places”. Through the series, our vision is to connect diverse knowledge and practices to foster resilient urban ecosystems.

The webinar series convenes a diversity of voices from scientists, urban planners, and knowledge holders in a year-long series of public online engagements, with subjects around supporting the ecological health of natural spaces in urban places, including Stanley Park and beyond. All audiences are welcome to attend.

Each quarter will focus on a general theme:

  • Oct-Dec 2021: Forests
  • Jan-Mar 2022: Wetlands
  • Apr-June 2022: Nearshore
  • July-Sept 2022: Climate

Nearshore Presentations (April to June 2022)

Presentation: When the Tide Went Out the Table Was Set: Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Work in Nearshore Environments

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April 21 2022, 1pm, Online

by Anuradha Rao, MSc, RPBio, Cert.RNS, Senior Environmental Specialist, Marine Ecosystems with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

and Hillary Hyland, BSc, Senior Environmental Specialist and member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Tsleil-Waututh (səlilwətaɬ) means “People of the Inlet”, referring directly to səlilwət (Burrard Inlet). Since time out of mind, Tsleil-Waututh people have used, occupied, governed, and stewarded their territory. Tsleil-Waututh hold a sacred, legal obligation and responsibility to protect, defend, and steward the lands and waters of their territory, in accordance with Tsleil-Waututh law, for past, present, and future generations. This stewardship responsibility requires restoring conditions that provide the environmental, cultural, spiritual, and economic foundation for Tsleil-Waututh people to thrive. Hillary and Anu will speak about Tsleil-Waututh’s relationship with the nearshore environment, and describe Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s recent work on nearshore habitat surveys and restoration of nearshore ecosystems in Burrard Inlet.

Photos: Anuradha Rao and Hillary Hyland

Presentation: Me & The Salish Sea – Journeys

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May 25 2022, 1pm, Online

by Candace Campo (xetsematsa) – educator, anthropologist, guide and Richard Till – (smanit stumish) educator, guide, boat builder, captain, from Talaysay Tours

The Salish Sea is both our highways and bread basket. Candace and Richard will share their experiences and cultural journeys of the Salish Sea, indigenous knowledge, harvest and aqua cultural practices of the Salish Sea.

Photos: Candace Campo and Richard Till, Talaysay Tours

Presentation: It’s a Shore-thing! The importance of the Fraser Estuary for Migratory Shorebirds

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June 15 2022, 5pm, Online

by Catherine Jardine, BSc, Data Analyst, Birds Canada

The Fraser estuary offers a muddy oasis for many shorebird species navigating the rocky Pacific coast on their journey from breeding grounds to wintering areas. Join us to learn what makes the estuary so special for these birds and how scientists are learning more about their use of nearshore habitats.

Photo: Shorebirds by Catherine Jardine

Climate Presentations (July to November 2022)

Presentation: Digging into Climate Change: Earth Science on a Changing Earth

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July 20 2022, 1pm, Online

by Kathryn Franklin, MEERL, PEng – Geological Engineer, Climate Change Integrator

and Karsten Shein, PhD – Climate Scientist

Earth science encompasses everything; from Earth’s powerful atmosphere, to the waterways that make their way across landscapes, to the very ground and foundation that life anchors to. As the planet’s climate continues to change, how do these evolving temperature and weather trends impact applied earth sciences? Kathryn Franklin and Karsten Shein would like to share how they are using climate science to improve our understanding of geotechnical and hydrotechnical hazards. They will touch on: geohazard frequency, mine development, water crossings, road designs, community risk, and climate change assessments. Come learn about the past and future of the earth we stand on.

Photos: Kathryn Franklin and Karsten Shein, BGC Engineering

Presentation: Vitamin Sea: taking care of the ocean in a time of climate change

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August 24 2022, 1pm, Online

by Angela Danyluk, MSc., RPBio, Senior Sustainability Specialist in Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver

How can we be in good relations with the ocean during a time of climate change? Biologist and sea level rise adaptation expert, Angela Danyluk, explores this question in the context of climate change impacts such as sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme events. Weaving themes of ecological restoration, reconciliation and collaboration Angela proposes approaches and questions we may need to consider.

Photo: Angela Danyluk

Presentation: Confronting the Climate and Ecological Crisis Means All of Us Engaging Differently 

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November 23 2022, 5pm, Online

by Dr. Kai Chan, PhD, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Canada Research Chair (T1, Re-Wilding and Social-Ecological Transformation), University of British Columbia

Understanding how to confront climate change can be a difficult and challenging topic for many people. Often, comprehending our individual role in the face of such a climate threat can be incredibly daunting. Join Dr. Kai Chan for our final SOPEI webinar as he explores the different means and methods for engaging in finding solutions to the climate crisis. Dr. Chan will highlight how approaches to climate issues can look differently across socio-political landscapes, different ecosystems, and on individual bases.

Photo: Dr. Kai Chan

Past Webinars

Forest Presentations (October to December 2021)

Presentation: Legacy of Trees: Caring for Vancouver’s Parks, Yards, and Boulevards

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October 21 2021, 8pm, Online (keynote at SPES’s AGM)
by Nina Shoroplova

Referring to her new book about Stanley Park, “Legacy of Trees”, Nina will identify Vancouver’s “heritage” trees and consider how we can best support trees in artificial contexts like city parks, yards and boulevards.

Click here to download Nina’s list of Vancouver Heritage Register of Trees

Photo by Silmara Emde

Presentation: Salnachiya ?e te Tsaiylu (The Forest & Me)

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November 18 2021, 1 pm, Online
by Candace Campo, ancestral name xets’emits’a (to always be there) and Richard Till, smanit stumish (mountain man), from Talaysay Tours

Candace writes: “Salnachiya ?e te Tsaiylu (The Forest & Me) is a presentation on our Indigenous and more recent settler relationship to the land and to the forest, emphasizing the Indigenous scientific, medicinal, technological and food uses of the forest and sea, while exploring Indigenous and non-Indigenous uses of the land, including trade and travel. We have unique and some common experiences and it shapes our relationships to the land interculturally, individually and intergenerationally. This presentation is an exploration and a sharing between two colleagues and friends – an indigenous woman and a settler man – and how the land bridges us as skalamix (human beings).”   

Photos by Talaysay Tours

Presentation: Bringing Back Winded Forests

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December 9 2021, 5 pm, Online

by Michel Desrochers, Manager of Capital Planning & Strategy, City of Vancouver

In December of 2006, Stanley Park was struck by a major windstorm. The storm resulted in substantial disturbance, felling over 15,000 trees in the Park. Extensive ecological restoration was needed and accomplished through partnerships and in-kind support. Michel Desrochers, Manager of Capital Planning & Strategy with the City of Vancouver, will present on the challenges, successes and lessons learned in this substantial restoration work.

Photo by Rees Tucker

Wetland Presentations (January to March 2022)

Presentation: What’s Invading Local Wetlands?

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January 19 2022, 5pm, Online

by Tasha Murray, Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV)

Wetlands are widely recognized as special places and home to many different living things, but invasive species pose a significant threat to local wetlands. Learn how to recognize our worst wetland invaders, why they are so harmful and what can be done about them.

Click here to learn about the Stewardship series co-hosted by the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and the Stanley Park Ecology Society. All volunteer stewards, stewardship group representatives, and staff who support stewards are invited to participate.

Photo: Tasha Murray

Presentation: Wetlands – Part of Surrey’s Green Infrastructure

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February 16 2022, 1pm, Online

by Pamela Zevit, RPBio, Biodiversity Conservation Planner, City of Surrey

What do we mean when we are talking about wetlands, and how well do we understand their role and function? How do wetland ecosystems fit into the City of Surrey’s biodiversity and green infrastructure goals and objectives? This presentation will focus these issues using examples and approaches from the City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing city.

Photo: Pamela Zevit

Protecting Urban Streams Through Photography

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March 16 2022, 5pm, Online

by Fernando Lessa, Nature Photographer and Outdoor Storyteller

Have you ever walked by a small stream in your neighborhood and wondered if any fish lived in it? Take a deeper dive into urban streams in the Lower Mainland with outdoor storyteller and photographer Fernando Lessa. From suckers to salmon, Fernando will share years of photography showing you the resilience and importance of freshwater fish and amphibians right in our backyard. Enjoy beautiful and intimate images and learn how you can protect precious local freshwater habitat! 

spawning salmon in creek
Photo by Fernando Lessa

Thank you to sponsors and donors supporting the series!

Brian Herrin

Banner photo credits: Forest and Nearshore: Devon Yu; Wetlands: Rees Tucker; Climate: Michael Schmidt