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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 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. Our longest running projects include the monitoring of Canada’s largest urban heron colony and the monitoring of bald eagle nests in Stanley Park.

Research Projects

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.

Read on SPES’ State of the Park Report for the Ecological Integrity of Stanley Park (SOPEI) The first and second reports were released in 2010 and 2020.