Tag Archives: Urban Wildlife

Who Is Watering The City’s Boulevard Trees?

11 Jul

We are living through an unprecedented heat wave which should be no surprise to anyone on the WestCoast. We have not seen any rain in going on 6 weeks now. The trees in our City are important for so many reasons such as mitigating climate change, providing shade to keep us cool, the abundant urban wildlife and the list goes on. In my neighbourhood, each summer when we have a stretch of summer weather without rain, I make a point of watering some of the area’s boulevard trees. Two things happen when I do this, one people say thank you. Two, others get inspired to do the same. I personally would have liked to have seen some communication from the City of Vancouver to encourage Vancouver residents to water boulevard trees they were physically able to or within reach of their home by hose or watering can, but that hasn’t happened. With climate change and its affects being top of mind for so many with forest fires raging in our province, I think preserving the abundant tree canopy in the City where we can is important for human life and urban wildlife.

So with that, I encourage you to adopt a tree(s) on your street and water where you can. If you wish to read more on this, CBC has done a recent feature “Vancouver trees dry out as heat wave continues to take its toll.” And if you wish to read further on the disparity of tree cover between the East Side and the West Side, we invite you to check out this piece by Christopher Cheung in the Tyee Vancouver Shade Inequality. We’ve copied in a great image from Christopher’s piece from Urban Forest Strategy, 2018 update, City of Vancouver which highlights the importance of trees in our urban landscape.

What You Can Do To Help Urban Wildlife In This Heat Wave

21 Jul

KittenLauraSchirmacherAs you might imagine this record heat wave is making it tough on some of Vancouver’s urban wildlife. A recent Province article highlights the issue. It states that Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association co-founder Karen Duncan is reporting that they are seeing more stray cats in very poor shape due to dehydration. As they have no rain water, they like have little or nothing to drink. If you suspect there are feral or stray cats in your neighbourhood, Karen suggests putting out a bowl of water.

It was also reported that some birds have landed in swimming pools and have become water logged. Karen at VOKRA suggests some residents put out bird baths to assist our feathered friends.

It seems even the bees could use our help. It has been recommended, that you set up a shallow pan of water with rocks or marbles for bees to have a drink. Seems if you add a scent, the bees will seek out water sources that are scented say the experts. If you want to learn more, check out Why Honey Bees Need Water.

If you see wildlife in distress, here are a few options:

If you see a feral/stray cat or kitten in distress, you can contact VOKRA by telephone at 604-731-2913 or by email at info@vokra.ca

To report an animal in distress (including wildlife), the BC SCPA’s toll free hotline is 1-855-6BC SPCA OR 1-855-622-7722. This call centre is open 7 days per week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If there is an animal emergency outside of these hours, the BC SPCA states that you are to contact your local police department or RCMP.

If you see other wildlife, birds, raccoons in distress, contact the Wildlife Rescue Association in Burnaby at 604.526.7275.


Photo Credit (Cat): Laura Schirmacher

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