An astounding new guidebook packed with colour photographs, day trips, personal reflections, and a variety of activities for nature lovers of all ages.
Wildlife Weekends invites the reader to discover the wildlife that inhabit the ecosystems of southern British Columbia. Greater awareness may lead the reader to form a deeper appreciation and understanding of animals in their habitats, ultimately resulting in more people placing greater value on our role in protecting, conserving, and even rewilding ecosystems. Written as a guidebook with 20 species-focused chapters covering southern British Columbia, Wildlife Weekends leads the reader to ‘hardened’ sites (sites that already have viewing infrastructure in place, such as trails, boardwalks, parking, and restrooms) within a six-hour drive from Vancouver. Each chapter guides the reader on a place-based discovery of the species in its local ecosystem. Topics include natural history, First Nations cultural or traditional ecological knowledge connections, current scientific research, and personal stories from wildlife researchers. Themes include how to engage and take action around a species, ethical viewing considerations, minimizing the carbon footprint of your experience, and understanding how each species is affected by climate change. Special emphasis is placed on involving children and youth, ways to protect wildlife, and resources to grow one’s knowledge.
Wildlife and locations span widely, from killer whales off Saturna Island to hummingbirds in Princeton, and from snakes in Osoyoos to bald eagles on the Chehalis Flats near Harrison. Species outlined range even further, from tiny pika to enormous grey whales, from endangered Vancouver Island marmots to iconic moose and colourful Canada darner dragonflies. Wildlife Weekends offers something for everyone!
About the author
Roy Jantzen is an environmental educator, naturalist, and author of Active Vancouver: A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Recreation in the City’s Natural Environments. He holds a master of arts in environmental education and communication from Royal Roads University and has had a career as an educator at Capilano University, where he teaches courses in natural history, ecotourism, and climate change. For over three decades, Roy has helped educate the public about the importance of biodiversity and our human place within it. Though he has a passion for local ecosystems and the species that inhabit them, he also has a strong desire to relate the environment to our lives and larger issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals, planetary boundaries, and our personal ecological footprints. Roy is passionate about helping his students become the next generation to answer the call of creating a sustainable planet, and asks, “Shouldn’t all education be environmental education?” He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.