In 2018, EYA will train and engage dozens of local youth to monitor the abundance and diversity of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife species in urban community gardens and parks.
Through two free multi-week programs, youth will learn to identify native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, understand the threats facing local pollinators, and participate in a 2-day training on basic citizen science data collection skills and methodology.
Over the spring and summer, youth will work with the Program Manager and youth mentor volunteers to help monitor test plots in 6 locations across the city, including inner city gardens, to continue a multi-year study evaluating the benefits of mowed grass vs. long-grass meadows for local birds and bees.
The data collected by youth will be analyzed and compiled in a final report providing recommendations to improve wildlife and insect habitat restoration projects and landscaping practices in Vancouver’s urban green spaces.
The program helps urban youth connect with nature in their communities, improve observational and applied science skills, grow ecological leadership skills, and nurture a lifelong love for nature.
To join the program, please contact Marika van Reeuwyk, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org