Saturday, February 26, 2011

Have You Seen any Frogs, Newts, or Salamanders, recently?

Greg Ferguson is undertaking a project this spring and summer to document the presence, distribution, and composition of amphibian species on Bowen Island. He will also be documenting sightings of introduced amphibians and reptiles (e.g., snakes, lizards, and turtles). Data collected will be compiled and made available to stakeholders involved in the project. Information uses may include future amphibian monitoring and management projects, conservation-based land-use management (e.g., habitat enhancement and restoration), and long-term maintenance of Bowen Island’s habitats and species. All these uses combine to help make Bowen Island a more sustainable environment and community.

Top: Pacific Chorus Frog
Bottom: egg cluster of Red-Legged Frog, Blue-listed, and considered Vulnerable

  • Download the sighting form: Bowen Island Amphibian Sighting Record Form.doc and submit directly to Greg at
  • If you have any questions or would like to talk further about having your property surveyed for amphibians, please contact Greg Ferguson at 604-349-4760.
For help with identification and further information, please see these excellent .pdf resources, supplied by Saltspring Island Conservancy:
Also see BC Frogwatch, provided by B.C.'s Ministry of Environment:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is Nature Worth?

Hello Bowen Nature Clubbers,
With all the current discussion abounding amongst us about Bowen's natural
heritage, we thought the following 3 min. short video provides some
interesting facts and information about how we value the benefits of nature.

A very informative .pdf about our own local Nature Capital Project is available for download, here:
Natural Capital in BC's Lower Mainland: Valuing the benefits from nature