SCCA News and Events

Gertrude Pacific: Artist and Forest Activist

29 March 2022

Gertrude developed a love for nature at an early age. Raised in Victoria, she began painting scenes in clamshells when she was just six-years-old. Her artistic talent eventually led to a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Washington. Gertrude became Curator of Design at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture …

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Old Growth Forest & Marbled Murrelet Habitat Protected

20 December 2021

The Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small seabird that nests in mossy platforms on large branches of old-growth trees. The murrelet is listed as Threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). Its nests and eggs are legally protected under B.C.’s Wildlife Act, the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act and SARA. Though murrelets …

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Chapman Watershed Must Remain Protected

20 November 2021

A bogus petition calling on the BC Minister of Environment to remove lands from the Tetrahedron Provincial Park and enable further development of Chapman Lake is circulating in our community. This request is an unfounded, misleading non-starter. The Tetrahedron Provincial Park Master Plan includes a requirement for comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) when a new activity is proposed in a park. …

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Dedicated streamkeeper, Ryan Matthews, shows passion for local creeks

14 November 2021

A stream seldom tires but it can often use a helping hand. Ryan Matthews can often be found walking the streams, performing assessments and reporting data. His contributions include the construction and installation of flow metres on Hutchinson Creek and Langdale Creek.

Drought and Drinking Water

20 August 2021

Diversification of drinking water sources, protection of source area ecosystems, and environmental flows are crucial for the long term sustainability of the local drinking water system. The Sunshine Coast is experiencing drought. Again. Lawns are brown, farms are suffering, streams are dry and fish are stranded. A week after the IPCC declared Climate Code Red, …

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IPCC Declares Climate Change ‘Code Red’

20 August 2021

On August  9, 2021 the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Climate Change 2021 Physical Science Basis report. The report describes unprecedented changes in the Earth’s climate for hundreds of thousands of years, across the global climate system. Many of these changes are unequivocally caused by humans and some, already set …

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Musings of a Naturalist

20 August 2021

While I was busy trying to stay cool one afternoon in early July, I received an email from an acquaintance with a query about a strong stink at the beach, and finding many dead crabs while there with her grandchildren. This piqued my curiosity as to what was happening in our intertidal areas.  I learned …

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Cody Kelso Raises Awareness – and $30k – with 115 km Walk

21 July 2021

In March 2021, Cody Kelso and his mother walked 115km – from Gibsons to Powell River – to raise awareness about climate change, and funds for two climate initiatives. Read our interview with the young leader.

World Oceans Day Film Festival June 4-8th, 2021

2 June 2021

In celebration of the United Nation’s World Oceans Day, the SCCA is launching our first ever film festival, in collaboration with the Green Film Series and the District of Sechelt.  Every year on June 8th, people from all across the planet celebrate the many ways our global ocean benefits our lives and become inspired to protect it. In past years, the SCCA has presented a Sechelt Oceans …

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