SER-BC ENewsletter Fall 2013
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Are you working on restoration projects? If yes, email us a photo and summary and we can highlight your efforts and share success stories across BC.

Remember, become a Member and benefit.

Are you passionate about ecological restoration in BC? Get to know people working in restoration across BC by joining the SER BC board of directors.

The SER BC board teleconferences bi-monthly, and board members are expected to attend an AGM, and often one other event, in person each year. Board members help organize events, steer the direction of the organization, and work in other ways to promote the science and practices of ecological restoration in BC.

If you would like to know more about joining the SER BC board of directors, please email the current chair, Tamara Bonnemaison.


2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration (CEER)- Call for Abstracts now open!
Save the date: July 28, 2014- August 1, 2014

Fall Riparian Restoration
volunteer opportunities
Fraser Valley, BC

Nov. 15 Seminar Series Registration ($20) due Nov. 8,2013
Victoria, BC

Swan Lake Nature House
Biology activities
Victoria, BC

Fall volunteer opportunities
Capital Region District, Vancouver Island, BC

Moose Symposium
Prince George, BC

FREE Lakekeepers Course Sept. 29 & 30
Quesnel, BC

Travelling south of the border?

Scappoose Bay Watershed Council
Nob Hill Nature Park volunteer opportunity
Nov. 2, 2013. St. Helens, Oregon- USA.

DFO -Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program will be accepting applications from Nov.4, 2013 - Dec. 18, 2013.

Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team- Executive Director.

SER-BC ENewsletter
Advancing Ecological Restoration in BC
Across the globe, centuries of unsustainable activities have damaged the aquatic, marine, and terrestrial environments that underpin our economies and societies and give rise to a diversity of wildlife and plants. The Society of Ecological Restoration is dedicated to reversing this degradation and restoring the earth’s ecological balance for the benefit of humans and nature.

In this issue:
  • SER World Conference award winners
  • Register for the upcoming Bioengineering Workshop
  • You are Invited to the 2013 AGM: Estuary Restoration in British Columbia
  • Oregon Spotted Frog shallow wetland restoration and creation
  • Ecological Restoration Indsutry Survey- participants needed
  • Register for BCIT's winter Ecological Restoration Courses.
  • SER BC is looking for more directors!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Opportunities
Have events or volunteer opportunities you would like to share? please email us!
Congratulations award winners! The 2013 SER World Conference was a Huge Success! 
The 2013 SER World Conference was a huge success. It included restoration focused seminars, workshops and presentations from across the Globe!

SER BC Director David Polster (photo above) was the recipient of the John Reiger award. This Award acknowledges those who have dedicated their time and skills to advancing the science and/or practice of ecological restoration through the development of SER.

SER BC Co-Chair Mike Keefer won the Full Circle award! It is given in recognition of restoration projects that incorporate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in significant ways and reflect a balance between indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge and techniques in the project’s design and implementation. 

Congratulations to you both!
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Register TODAY for Bioengineering Workshop Fraser Valley Nov. 9 & 10, 2013.
Soil Bioengineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials, rocks, soil and landscape elements to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control or seepage control.

SER BC is hosting a Bioengineering Workshop Nov. 9 & 10th in Abbotsford and Yarrow BC. Registration costs $150 for SERBC members and $200 for non members. This years workshop will focus on agricultural ditches- particularly learning how to stabilize slopes and add habitat diversity using live willow and dogwood stakes. We will explore specific benefits of bioengineering to the Fraser Valley’s ditches and general techniques which can be applied on slopes across BC. 

To register for this workshop please click here.

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This years theme for SERBC's Annual General Meeting is Estuary Restoration in British Columbia! Sunday Nov. 24th.
You are invited to attend SERBC's Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday Nov. 24th at the BCIT Campus. This years theme will focus on estuary restoration in British Columbia.

AGM and Estuary Restoration Presentation
Sunday Nov. 24th, 10am to noon
BCIT Campus, room 2005
Speakers TBA.
FREE! Please click here to register

AGM Field Trip: Estuary Restoration of MacKay Creek: Contracting Pre and Post restoration sites, lead by Ken Ashley.
Sunday Nov. 24th, noon to 2pm.
Meet at BCIT Campus, room 2005
$15 covers your lunch.
Please click here to register 

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Restoration Showcase: Pepin Marsh, Aldergrove Lake Regional Park BC- Oregon Spotted Frog habitat creation.  
Monica Pearson, principal biologist with Balance Ecological has been researching the rare Oregon Spotted Frog, Rana pretiosa, for the last few years in an attempt to gain an understanding for the micro habitats they choose to reside in. Restoration work at Pepin Marsh began this summer using experimental design to recreate shallow wetland habitat, which no longer naturally exist within the lower Fraser Valley, to create new Oregon Spotted frog habitat. Fallow fields like the photo shown above are prone to invasive species encroachment like the reed canary grass. A part of her project encompasses bioengineering techniques and consideration for successional transitions in her design and replanting. Design also incorporates reed canary grass management . Monica was also a presenter at the 2013 SER World Conference and received the 2013 William Niering Student Oral Presentation Award for her talk on "Spotties versus bullies: Assessing differential habitat selection by endangered and invasive amphibians to inform wetland restoration targets." Congratulations Monica!
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Ecological Restoration Industry Survey
Participants Needed
M.Sc. Degree in Ecological Restoration – Participants Needed to Complete an Industry Survey

As a leader in ecological restoration, BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment and SFU’s Faculty of Environment are considering developing a Master of Science degree in Ecological Restoration.  The proposed degree would be Canada’s first master’s program specifically designed to provide advanced training in ecological restoration concepts and hands-on application (80% of the courses are designed specifically for this program).  The proposed degree will be unique by combining the applied technical (experiential) emphases as taught at BCIT with the fundamental (contextual) basic science as taught within the Faculty of Environment at SFU.  It is envisioned that the program would be a balance between the theoretical foundations of ER with the technical hands-on application of these principles. 

BCIT and SFU are currently conducting a needs assessment to determine the feasibility of a joint Master of Science Degree in Ecological Restoration.  In addition, the survey has been designed to identify industry trends in employment opportunities in the ecological restoration field.  We are looking for participants to complete a survey, with either an industry focus or student focus.  Your feedback is very important to us as we strive to develop a program that meets current and future public and industry needs. 

If you are interested in completing the survey, please forward you name and email contact to either:

SFU – Brandon Young or
BCIT – Doug Ransome 

Details of the on-line survey will be sent to those interested in participating.  The survey should take only 10 minutes to complete. Thank You.
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Courses in Ecological Restoration at BCIT
BCIT has a few courses running this winter, starting January 7th.  Courses are 15 weeks with one 3-hour or 4-hour lecture per week, + fieldtrips. Courses this winter include:
RENR 7100:  Principles of Ecological Restoration
This course will provide an overview of the principles of ecological restoration and sustainability as they relate to industrial ecology (forestry, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, hydro-electric power), ecological restoration and succession, and urban world issues (e.g., climate change and sustainability). Case studies involving "real life" restoration scenarios will be examined to gain knowledge on issues and insights to problems and strategies for balancing environmental, social, and economic perspectives for each of the land development, resource extraction and climate change categories. Thursdays 2:30 to 5:30.

RENR 8201:   Terrain and Stream Channel Assessment for Ecological Restoration
This course provides an outline of the physical processes that control how watersheds function; it provides the necessary geophysical link with biology required to successfully plan, undertake and complete ecological restoration. Both terrestrial and fluvial processes are considered.  Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30.

RENR 8301    Research Design & Implementation
The goal of Research Design and Implementation is to provide students with the tools and knowledge to effectively design, implement, and use research as the basis for making appropriate decisions in designing and implementing restoration activities. To meet this goal, we will discuss some fundamental concepts including: science, the scientific method, reliable knowledge, poor science, and experimental design.  This course is designed to strengthen critical thinking skills when reviewing current information and when formulating new activities in ecological restoration. The course is a discussion-based course where concepts and ideas are discussed among the students and by the students. Tuesdays 2:30 to 5:30.
RENR 8107: Restoring Wildlife Populations
Restoration plans must take into account the needs of current or desired wildlife species in project areas. This course gives ecologists, restorationists, administrators, and other professionals involved with restoration projects the tools they need to understand essential ecological concepts, helping them to design restoration projects that can improve conditions for native species of wildlife. It also offers specific guidance and examples on how various projects have been designed and implemented.  This is a new course taught in January for the first time.  Wednesdays 9:30 to 1:30.

More information and how to register can be found at:  Courses open for registration November 15th.  Please contact Giti Abouhamzeh (Program Assistant; to register for the course.
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