Shedding Light: Speaker Series

About

Still Moon is hosting monthly talks as part of our Shedding Light, Still Creek Restoration Project. Shedding Light not only gives community members the opportunity to participate in Hands-on Restoration, but to learn from environmental experts discussing topics such as land and habitat restoration, water quality, wildlife populations or indigenous perspectives on the environment. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Shedding Light brings together community members, experts, and youth to engage in grassroots environmental protection, specifically in improving the health of Still Creek and its watershed. The aim for these talks is to increase community knowledge and empower neighbours to take action in the Renfrew-Collingwood community and beyond.

Please note that some of the topics below are tentative. We will keep this page updated throughout the year as speakers are confirmed.

Melina Scholefield - Rain City Strategy Talk - January 27th, 2020

SPEAKER LIST (2020)

December – Adapatation to Climate Change

Date: December 7th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speakers: Deborah Harford

Description

This Shedding Light talk features Deborah Harford, who will be speaking about her work as the executive director of SFU Faculty of Environment’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT). ACT is dedicated to research on climate change impacts on water and food security, infrastructure, energy, biodiversity, population displacement and more, as well as research on adaptations to these impacts. Further, ACT research outlines concrete actions to build climate change resilience.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

November – Salmon Habitat Restoration in the Fraser River Estuary

Date: November 3rd, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: Dave Scott

Description

In this talk, salmon biologist and Still Creek Streamkeeper, Dave Scott will discuss his work with Raincoast Conservation Foundation on a large scale salmon habitat restoration project in the Fraser River estuary, including the results from a major connectivity project and goals for the future. The Fraser River estuary supports all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as many species at risk, and is the largest salmon river flowing into the Salish Sea.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

October – Mycology Walk (In-person)

Date: October 26th, 7:00-8:30pm

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

September – Ecological Restoration in the Community

Date: September 28th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speakers: Krystal Brennan and Deanna MacTavish – Wildcoast Ecological Society

Description

For this month’s Shedding Light talk, we will hear from Krystal Brennan and Deanna MacTavish of Wildcoast Ecological Society, a non-profit organization conducting research, environmental restoration, and stewardship on the southern coast of BC. We will learn about Wildcoast’s community engagement approach to restoration, and hear more about their work in municipal parks such as Trout Lake and MacKay Creek.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

August – Native Bees in the City: Identification & Stewardship

Date: August 18th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: Marika van Reeuwyk – Environmental Youth Alliance

Description

This month’s talk is presented by local bee expert, Marika van Reeuwyk of the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA). Marika will introduce us to native pollinators and discuss their importance in our local ecosystems. In addition, she will share insights from her work leading youth in community science monitoring of bees.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

July – Brunette Watershed Storytelling and Photography

Date: July 20th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: John Preissl

Description

John Preissl will give an engaging talk highlighting his 30 years of experience as a Brunette Watershed steward and streamkeeper, and intersperse his talk with his professional wildlife photography and traditional stories about the local lakes and streams he learned from his parents and grandparents.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

June – Indigenous Eco-Cultural Restoration – The Basis of Environmental Conservation

Date: June 29th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: Dawn Morrison – Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Wild Salmon Caravan

Description

This talk explores the vital need to learn from Indigenous ecological knowledge, wisdom and values in moving towards a regenerative future, as well as the intimate connection between habitat restoration and Indigenous food sovereignty.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

May – The Spectacular Dawn Chorus

Date: May 21st, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: Sara Ross (Red Sara)

Description

May is bird month in Vancouver, so join us and local Bird Language teacher Sara Ross to learn about who is singing so early in the morning, and what they are singing about.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

April – Knotweed Forum

Date: April 27th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speakers: Tasha Murray – Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, Amy Hendel and Fiona Steele – Diamond Head Consulting, and Krista Voth – Vancouver Park Board

Description

Knotweed is a plant that is considered invasive and grows in disturbed natural areas as well as on private property. It is very difficult to remove as it has an extensive root system and can quickly regenerate. This forum explores management strategies for private property, as well as plans for management in Renfrew Ravine.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

March – Indigenous Eco-Cultural Restoration – The Basis of Environmental Conservation

Date: March 23rd, 7:00-8:30pm (POSTPONED)

Speaker: Dawn Morrison – Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Wild Salmon Caravan

Description

This talk explores the vital need to learn from Indigenous ecological knowledge, wisdom and values in moving towards a regenerative future, as well as the intimate connection between habitat restoration and Indigenous food sovereignty.

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

February – Green Infrastructure 

Date: February 24th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: Kacia Tolsma

Description

This talk is about green infrastructure, an approach to water management which restores or mimics natural systems through restored ecosystems and built structures such as green roofs, bioswales, rain gardens, and rehabilitated wetlands.

January – Rain City Strategy

Date: January 27th, 7:00-8:30pm

Speaker: Melina Scholefield – City of Vancouver

Description

In November 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Rain City Strategy, a comprehensive plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. Come learn about the key pieces of the plan, including its implementation by the City and how it will impact natural and urban ecosystems.

Listen to the full talk here

If you have questions regarding our Shedding Light Speaker Series, please email Adrian Avendaño, Stewardship Programs Manager at adrian@stillmoonarts.ca. To learn about Still Moon’s other events check out our Events Calendar.

About Still Creek

Still Creek is one of the few remaining open streams in the City of Vancouver, once home to a vast stream system supporting Pacific salmon species and Indigenous communities. With the majority of the streams piped underground, Still Creek is one of the few remaining places where communities can connect with and appreciate the natural stream system of the land. It is a place to find peace within the Renfrew-Collingwood urban landscape.

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