January Nature Nugget- Is it True that No Two Snowflakes are the same?

Yes, it’s true!  Just like human fingerprints are each different, every snowflake is different, although each snowflake is made up of thousands of tiny, identically shaped hexagonal (six-sided) crystals gathered together.  There are many reasons that no two snowflakes are alike.  Snowflakes form by sticking to each other while falling and blowing through the wind.  

Generation Green Awards

Vancouver Foundation has launched a great new initiative: their new Generation Green Awards will give 20 cash awards (up to $12,500) for environmental projects in Vancouver by young people (individuals or groups) aged 6 to 24. Deadline: March 4,2011. www.vancouverfoundation.ca/awards

Something exciting happening in your region? Email info@ync.ca so we can share it with other young naturalists!

YNC Board Member Ruth Foster is making a difference!

Winner: Best in Competition for the Every Day Hero Silent Film Competition. EarthDay 2010

"This film is about Ruth Foster, a retired teacher, hatchery co-founder and local activist for all things environmental. She gives a great deal of her time to preserving and protecting the wilderness. She should be the poster woman for earth day — she makes every day earth day!"

Film maker: Miranda Andersen
Hometown: Belcarra, BC

Send us stories, photos or short videos of the Nature Heros in your life! info@ync.ca

Nature Champions!

Northern Vancouver Island YNC Club Recognizes several 
YNC Nature Champions!

Congratulations to Avery Walker for receiving a Bronze Action Award! Andrew Mitchell for attending over 36(!) Explorer Days! Michael Hoskin will be receiving his YNC Cap shortly since he's attended 12 Explorer Days. A special nod also goes  to Tyresa Bramham and  Jaylon Grenier for reaching the 24 Explorer Day Milestone

Regional Bird ID Cards

View them online or print them out...

Vancouver Island Backyard Bird ID Card
Lower Mainland Backyard Bird ID Card
Northern BC Backyard Bird ID Card
South Eastern BC Backyard Bird ID Card
Thompson Okanagan Backyard Bird ID Card

Lower Mainland Backyard Bird ID Cards are also available in Chinese, Punjabi and Korean

YNC Quadra Island

Volunteer Leader: Deb Cowper
Contact info: YNCQuadra@gmail.com
Presently seeking volunteer co-leader.Click here for more information.

Upcoming  Explorer Days

Stay tuned as our new leader is in the planning stages!

Past Explorer Days

Sunday, April 27th, 2014  Annual Quadra Beach Clean Up
Meet at Rebecca Spit, the Beach Clean Up headquarters, at 10.  From there we will head to Open Bay for our clean up.  We can meet back at the Spit for lunch and some goodies which will be provided for all participants.

The Discovery Passage Aquarium is partnering with Sierra Quadra this year and will have a booth at the spit.  If you would like to donate some baked goodies that would be greatly appreciated, too.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 - Great Backyard Bird Count!
At Rebecca Spit on Saturday, February 22nd.  Meet at the far parking lot at 1pm.  A local birder will be joining us for the event.  If you have binoculars or bird ID materials you may want to bring them along.
I'll also be talking using iNaturalist, a free app, and how our club can be involved in the Discovery Island Ecosystem Mapping Project.  If you have an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) you may want to download the app beforehand so you can use it during the event.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - Snowshoeing!
Explore the back country areas a little down the hill from Mount Washington

November 30, 2013 2-4pm- Lantern Making at the Quadra Children's Centre 
September 22, 2013 - Paddling at Village Bay Lake *Cancelled due to weather*

June 22nd & 23rd, 2013 - Main Lakes Camp Out *Cancelled due to weather*

May 26th, 2013 - low tide beach study at Willow Point Reef

April 21st, 2013 - Open Bay Farm Visit and shoreline clean-up

Sunday, February 17th,2013 1 PM  Great Backyard Bird Count

What:  Participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count with local birder Kathryn Manry
Where:  Rebecca Spit, meet at the far parking lot.

Sunday, January 27th, 2013  Snowshoeing  at Mount Washington

"We're looking forward to kicking off the New Year with our first YNC event on Sunday, January 27th with some snowshoeing up at Mount Washington.  There is a great network of snowshoeing trails and the beautiful Raven Lodge where we can warm up and get something to eat or drink afterwards.  

Club Photos

Here are some photos we took during a club event when we participated in Great Backyard Bird Count.  We were counting waterfowl out at Rebecca Spit Provincial Park on Quadra Island.

South Okanagan

Welcome Young Naturalists of the South Okanagan!  

Volunteer Co-leaders: Alyson and Paula
Club email: yncsouthokanagan@gmail.com

Our club usually meets on the last Sunday of each month with a focus of exploring nature throughout the South Okanagan. Please revisit this page as there will sometimes be exceptions!  The South Okanagan Young Naturalists focus on activities for 5-10 year olds, though the whole family is welcome to join us!  

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering as a co-leader! We have had so much interest in this club and want more local families to be able to participate.  

About Alyson:

Hi everyone! My name is Alyson and I am mom to two young children who love to explore.  Outside of Nature Kids, I work as an environmental consultant and executive director of a local stewardship organization, assisting local stewards and communities conserve and restore precious wildlife habitats. I am incredibly passionate about encouraging citizen science and providing opportunities for children and youth to experience nature and are the reasons why I wanted to start a Young Naturalists' Club in the South Okanagan and became a Nature Kids volunteer.  I have always loved getting outside and feel so lucky that my job and my passion are one in the same.

About Paula:  

My name is Paula and I have an adventurous little daughter.  Playing and exploring in nature is something we love to do.   We were looking for other young families to join us, and decided what better way than working with Alyson and other parents to organize a local YNC chapter.  My love for nature has lead me to study ecology, fish and wildlife technology, gardening, birding, native plants, astronomy, nature interpretation, and so much more.  We hope others will join us on many wonderful journeys through nature.

Upcoming Explorer Days

June & July - Happy Summer Holidays Young Naturalists! No Explorer Days. 

August 30 - Trees

Sept. 27-  Predators

Oct. 25-  Winter birds

Nov. 29 -  Hug a Tree Adventure Program

Past Explorer Days

May 31, 2015: Pond Study
April 26, 2015: Earth Day Planting
March 29, 2015: Birds in Spring with Dick Cannings
February 22, 2015: Winter Survival & Tobogganing
March 30, 2014: Signs of Spring ~ Nature walk.   
April 27, 2014:  Bees & Snakes at Skaha
May 4, 2014: SORCO Open House
May 25, 2014: Wetlands: Pond Study
June 22, 2014: Summer Solstice at the Desert Centre
July 27, 2014: Beachcombing & Salmon
September 28, 2014 : Tree Planting 
November 2, 2014: Hibernation Station
November 30, 2014: Winter Birds with Russell Cannings
January, 2015: Winter Wonderland at Hedley Nickelplate

Thank you to the South Okanagan Naturalists' Club, our volunteer nature mentors and Osoyoos Desert Centre for their generous support of our Club!