Yesterday, Alex and I went to Cypress Bowl on our own Field Trip. It felt like the right place to be to think about the environment.
We have a new program starting in the week leading up to Valentine's day, 'Love the Planet You're On', a scandalous misappropriation, or homage as we like to think of it, of Olay's 'Love the Skin You're In' slogan.
The Premier's recently announced committment to reducing the Province's carbon footprint spurred us into action.
We're fundamentally an environmental organisation and we are in the business of education and yet none of our existing programs really puts the two together. And it's on the BC Social Studies syllabus, so why not give it a go?
Our most important focus is delivering the message appropriately to our audience; no point in telling First Graders not to buy SUVs, they don't.
But there are things they can do and it's important to make them environmentally aware.
From Richmond, we can look up and see the North Shore mountains and how beautiful they look at all times of the year.
From Cypress, we were able to look down and see the Lower Mainland and it too is beautiful and worth protecting.
On Cypress we saw some trees and wildlife that we don't see nearer sea-level. The Cypress, or Yellow Cedar itself. Both the Mountain and Western Hemlock, whereas we see mainly the Western down here. The Mountain Fir or Balsam was a majestic tree laden with snow, as was the White Pine.
We thought we had found some interesting animal footprints, but closer inspection made us think they were probably made by homo sapiens with a ski pole.
Near to the ski lodge where we were able to buy poutine, we saw Whiskyjacks, and on the way back down the mountain, adult and juvenile Bald Eagles circling right above us.
We have Bald Eagles here in the Nature Park too, or more accurately, they come to visit us, as do Cooper's and Red-tailed Hawks, Barred Owls, Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Ameriacn Robins, Goldfinches, House Finches, Varied Thrushes, Winter Wrens and Song Sparrows as well as Mallards, Wood Ducks, a Heron and of course our very welcome spring and summer guest, the Rufous Hummingbird.
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