Resources

RESOURCES: Publications & Videos

Books, Reports and Proceedings
(Presented in chronological order)

  • New Westminster Environmental Almanac (2,917 KB pdf)
  • Compendium of International Urban Ecology Organizations (412 KB pdf)
  • Urban Biodiversity: Exploring Natural Habitats and its Value in Cities. 2002. 149 pp.
    • This book describes how we benefit from lawns, trees, butterflies and the rest of nature in the city.
  • Vital Signs. 2001.
    • A symposium on monitoring ecological restoration projects.
  • Greening the Gravel Symposium. 2000.
  • Coquitlam River Symposium. 1999.
  • Natural History of the Lower Mainland. 1999. 31 pp.
    • Written as a directory to some of the natural history hotspots in the Lower Mainland.
  • Coquitlam River Watershed Almanac. 1999. 77 pp.
    • Provides environmentally responsible activities, highlights stewardship efforts and promotes protection and enhancement along the Coquitlam River.
  • Songbirds in the City: A Celebration. 1999. 132 pp.
    • This is a collection of materials from the Green Links and Songbird Projects. It contains some writings and art submitted in a contest for the production of this book.
  • Native Plant Propagation Program. Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Curriculum Guide. 1999. 105 pp. (with Environment Canada)
    • A description of the Lower Mainland bioregion and urban biodiversity. Also discusses the use of native vegetation in habitat restoration.
  • Native Plant Propagation Program Techniques Manual. 1999. 84 pp.
    • Written as a Teacher's manual for a class program to raise native vegetation from seeds and cuttings for habitat restoration.
  • City of Surprises: Discovering Urban Wildlife Habitats. 1998. 122 pp.
    • Descriptions of 37 urban habitats with food webs and questions for thought.
  • WEL-USE Feasibility Study. 1998. 75 pp. (with Real Estate Foundation)
    • Feasibility study report on web-based environmental land use databases in GIS format. Includes an inventory of existing databases.
  • Prince Charles Elementary School's Nature Mural. 1998. 34 pp.
    • A description of the plants and animals in the nature mural. Includes 14 nature games and some eco-quotes.
  • Green Links. 1998. Educators Guide. 76 pp (Green Links is mainly with BC Hydro, BC Gas, BC E-Team, Real Estate Foundation, VanCity, Friends of the Environment Foundation)
    • Curriculum to teach urban biodiversity, the use of native vegetation in restoration, and the value of ecological connectivity.
  • Green Links. 1998. Vol. 4. Burnaby Demonstration Project. 176 pp.
    • A description of the Burnaby, BC, Green Links Project, including a design charette exploring the use of a street and yards to establish a corridor.
  • Green Links. 1998. Vol. 5. Surrey-Delta Demonstration Project. 159 pp.
    • A description of the Green Link through Surrey and Delta, BC.
  • Green Links. 1997. Vol. 1 Coquitlam Demonstration Project. 143 pp
    • An overall description of the Green Links Project and the first demonstration link in Coquitlam, BC.
  • Green Links. 1997. Vol. 2 Implementation, Enhancement and Community Action. 320 pp.
    • A collection of brochures, booklets and other materials used in conducting the Green Links Project.
  • Green Links. 1997. Vol 3. Additional Data and Documentation for the Coquitlam Project. 124 pp.
    • Additional enhancement plans, a comparison of diversity indices and mapping considerations in connectivity analysis.
  • Green Links: Burnaby Design Charette. 1997. 36 pp.
    • This explored opportunities to link two large, environmentally important open spaces, Byrne Creek Ravine and Robert Burnaby Park, in the city of Burnaby.
  • Green Links. 1996. Symposium Proceedings. 106 pp.
    • Lectures, workshops and displays involving environmental groups discussing Green Links.
  • Mapping Urban Forests: A Community Comparison. 1996. 63 pp.
    • A study of street and yard trees present in Surrey, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver BC based on original research.
  • Environmental Information Systems: Learning How to do Environmental Research Online. 1994. 170 pp. (with Centre for Curriculum Training and Technology)
    • A how-to guide on how to do online environmental research.
  • Perspectives on the Environment: Creating a Sustainable Society. 1994. Vol. 1. 239 pp. (with Centre for Curriculum Training and Technology)
    • Using the Lower Mainland, BC, as an example, examining social perceptions consensus building, solid waste, liquid waste and toxic chemicals.
  • Perspectives on the Environment: Creating a Sustainable Society. 1994. Vol. 2. 224 pp. (with Centre for Curriculum Training and Technology)
    • Using the Lower Mainland, BC, as an example, examining air quality, environmental law, economics, marketing and environmental citizenship.
  • Bird Survey of Noon's Creek, Port Moody. 1993. 93 pp. (with TriCities Friends of the Environment Foundation)
    • Original research on birds found in Noon's Creek, Port Moody, BC.
  • Growth Management and Urban Ecology. 1993. Vol. 1. Queensborough - A Case Study. 171 pp. (with the Real Estate Foundation)
    • A description of the natural environment and development issues surrounding this floodplain community on Lulu Island in the Lower Mainland, BC.
  • Growth Management and Urban Ecology. 1993. Vol. 2. Urban Habitat Classification. 194 pp.
    • An attempt to highlight urban biodiversity by defining and describing 34 urban habitats.
  • Urban Ravines. Vol. 1. Byrne Creek - A Case Study. 1992. 198 pp (with the Real Estate Foundation)
    • A description of the natural, social and geological environment of this ravine in Burnaby, BC.
  • Urban Ravines. Vol. 2. B.C. Lower Mainland Urban Ravines Inventory. 1992. 248 pp.
    • An inventory of 140 ravines including general dimensions and a topographic map for each.
  • Biodiversity in Greater Victoria. 1992. 126 pp. (with the University of Victoria)
    • A description of urban biodiversity and its value in Greater Victoria, BC. Includes a biodiversity map based on five categories of urban development.
  • Sustaining Victoria - Exploring Urban Lifestyle Options. 1991. 272 pp. (with the University of Victoria)
    • An overall review of urban living and its environmental impacts with local examples of more sustainable options.
  • Environmental Issues in Greater Victoria. 1991. 190 pp. (with the University of Victoria)
    • A documentation of issues such as air and water quality and liquid and solid waste management.
  • Interpreting Nature: A Primer for Understanding Natural History, Vol. 1 1989. 267 pp (with the Greater Vancouver Regional District and Human Resources and Development Canada)
    • A review of plants explaining general anatomy, taxonomy and ecology.
  • Interpreting Nature: A Primer for Understanding Natural History, Vol. 2. 1989. 291 pp
    • A review of animal groups explaining general anatomy, taxonomy and ecology.
  • Protecting the Environment: What One Person Can Do. 1989. 107 pp.
    • An overview of environmental problems and individual lifestyle choices and alternatives to address them.
  • A Nature Guide to Urban Parks. 1987. 217 pp.
    • Brief descriptions with maps of 16 parks in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Belacarra and New Westminster, BC with 4 nature activities for children described for each.
  • Belcarra Regional Park: Subtidal and Intertidal Inventory. 1986. 215 pp. (with the Greater Vancouver Regional District and Human Resources and Development Canada)
    • An inventory of subtidal and intertidal plant and animal marine life in this area of Burrard Inlet, BC.
  • Biophysical Inventory of Burnaby Lake Regional Park. 1985. 165 pp. (with the Greater Vancouver Regional District and Human Resources and Development Canada)
    • An inventory of terrestrial and emergent vegetation with maps based on original research of this lake in Burnaby, BC.
  • The Natural History of New Westminster. 1985. 83 pp.
    • Inventory of 19 sites, not designated as parks, with maps and descriptions intended to enable people to explore nature close to home.
  • The Natural Environment of Deer Lake. 1984. 180 pp. (with Environment Canada)
    • A comprehensive description of Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC reviewing both aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal life with original research.

Books and reports are paperback in-house photocopies and cerlox (coil) bound or unibind (plastic cover). City of Surprises is paperback commercially printed with perfect bind.

Articles in Books and Magazines

  • Schaefer, V.H. 1994. "Urban Ravines" in: DISCOVERY, 23(3):105-107.
  • "Urban Biodiversity" in: Biodiversity in British Columbia,1994.
  • "The Institute of Urban Ecology, Douglas College, British Columbia" in: Green Guide: A User's Guide to Sustainable Development in British Columbia, 1992.
  • Peacock, A. and Schaefer, V.H. 1990. "A Scuba Survey for an Underwater Park. Part II: Vertical Transacts Through Intertidal and Subtidal Regions" in: DISCOVERY, 19: 62-67.
  • Peacock, A. and Schaefer, V.H. 1990. "A Scuba Survey for an Underwater Park. Part I: Initial Observations at 9pm Depth" in: DISCOVERY 19:14-18.
  • Schaefer, V.H. 1987. "Environmental Issues in the Lower Mainland "in: DISCOVERY 16(4): 120-125.
  • Schaefer, V.H. and Peacock, A. 1986. "The Vegetation of an Urban Park" in: DISCOVERY 15(2): 64-69.
  • Schaefer, V.H. 1986. "The Enhancement of Maplewood Mudflats" in: DISCOVERY 15(1): 23-24.
  • Schaefer, V.H. 1985. "The Biology of an Urban Lake" in: DISCOVERY14(3): 75-80.

Brochures

  • The Working with Nature series:
    • Native Plants and your Garden
    • Gardening with Balconies
    • Birds in your Backyard
    • Building your own Bird House
    • Bats: Creatures of the Night
    • Benefits of the Blue Orchard Mason Bee
    • Butterfly Gardening
    • Invasive Species
    • Collection and Propagation of Native Plants
    • Hop, leap, or crawl into the Exciting World of Amphibians
  • Green Links series:
    • Green Links: Envisioning a City - Home to both People and Nature
    • Burnaby Green Links
    • Coquitlam Green Links
    • Surrey/Delta Green Links
  • A Guide to Worm Composting
  • Creating a Wildlife Habitat at Home series:
    • Backyard Birds
    • Beneficial Insects for Your Garden
    • Are There Alternatives to Pesticides
  • Workshops and Activities Offered By The Institute Of Urban Ecology
  • Community Safety Issues
  • The City of Surprises: Yaletown Nature Walk
  • You Can Help to Save Deer Lake
  • Burnaby Lake: Yours to Enjoy and Protect
  • Discover Belcarra's Marine Life
  • Discover New Westminster's Natural History
  • Trail Map of Byrne Creek Ravine
  • Douglas College, New Westminster, Tree Walk
  • A Street Tree Walk of the Moody Park Area, New Westminster

Booklets

  • Web-based Environmental Land use GIS for the Lower Mainland, BC: Existing Data Spreadsheets
  • Creating Bird Habitat in Small Places: A Guide for Balcony, Roof Top, Window Box and Wall Plantings Using Native Plants to Attract Birds
  • Native Plant Habitat Restoration: A Guide for Community Plantings
  • Tips on Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat
  • Ecological Walking Guide to Surrey/Delta, BC, Utility Corridor
  • Safety Audit Guide for Green Spaces

Videotapes

  • Natural Pollution Control. (9MB wmv.)
  • Greening the Gravel for Fish and Wildlife. 2001. (38 minutes)
  • Greening the Gravel. 2000. (28 minutes)
  • The redevelopment of Gravel Pits in the City of Coquitlam
  • Green Links. 1996. (20 minutes)
  • A description of a project to enhance urban biodiversity by strengthening natural connections been urban green spaces
  • Urban Ravines: A Hidden Community Asset. 1992. (17 minutes)
  • A description of the natural, social and geological characteristics of urban ravines
  • Ideas for the Naturalist. 1989. (30 minutes)