Western Canadian Fish Species

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Western Canadian Fish Species
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish? If you are just starting to begin your studies as an Environmental Monitor and you don’t know anything about fish (other than they swim and have scales) then keep on reading! In Western Canada there are a wide variety of Sport fish, known as Salmonids. Salmonids are comprised of Pacific Salmon such ... Read More

Understanding BEC (biogeoclimatic classification) Zones

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Understanding BEC (biogeoclimatic classification) zones
What is BEC? Did you know BEC = Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification? Okay, maybe you did, but do you know what they are and what they’re used for? The Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) is actually a hierarchical classification system used by the B.C. Government Ministries for the province’s many ecosystems. A BEC zone is defined as an area with a broadly ... Read More

Environmental Monitor Responsibilities for Terrestrial Environments

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Environmental Monitor Responsibilities
What are terrestrial environments? Typically, they are classified as an ecosystem that is only found on land, as opposed to water. Therefore, terrestrial environments are a large scope of responsibility for any Environmental Monitor. Want to understand the duties required for an Environmental monitor to fulfill in these environments? – Well, sit back and relax because I'm here to jack ... Read More

How to Monitor Wildlife

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How to monitor wildlife
Monitor Something that Really Matters – Northern B.C.'s Wildlife! The best part about trekking or working outdoors in Northern B.C. is being able to experience the fabulous abundance of wildlife! Sadly, many industrial and recreational activities can have a harmful effect on wildlife. Such negative factors include habitat loss, degradation of habitat, increased access for hunting and trapping, vehicle collisions, ... Read More

Guns or Bear Spray – Which is Safer?

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Guns or Bear Spray - Which is Safer?
Spray – Don’t shoot! Bear Spray is More Effective than Firearms Alright, picture this… you’re out trekking through the forest somewhere in Northern B.C. You stoop down to take a water sample from a near-by stream, and suddenly hear crashing branches in the woods making their way towards you! You can see a big black bear is coming your way ... Read More

Types of Erosion

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Types of Erosion
Get a Grip on Erosion! Did you know that if you can control erosion than you can control sediment!? But before you go power-mad with sediment control methods, you need to consider the 5 different types of erosion. These 5 types include: Rain drop/ splash Sheet Rail Gully Stream-channel Raindrop Erosion I know what you’re thinking – “Rain drop erosion? ... Read More

Steps to Get a Natural Resource Project Approved

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Steps to get a natural resource project approved
Grab Frodo! – Get Started on the Epic Journey Towards Natural Resource Project Approval! It can take a loooong time to achieve a natural resource project approval! Which is actually a good thing because it shows that there are many steps taken into consideration and evaluated to ensure that a project is safe and sustainable for the natural resources involved. ... Read More

Top Companies to Work for in the North as an Environmental Monitor

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Top Companies to Work for as an environmental monitor

Get to work! What do Canfor, West Fraser, Spectra Energy, and BC Hydro all have in common? They want you & your phenomenal Environmental Monitoring skills! Not only are these awesome companies to work for (hello benefits!), but they are all currently planning and carrying out projects in Central and Northern B.C. Currently, there are dozens of large-scale companies working on … Read More

Career Potential as an Environmental Monitor

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What would a career be like as an environmental monitor?

Why would I be an Environmental Monitor? Two words: CAREER POTENTIAL If you read our previous blog, you would probably already know what an Environmental Monitor does, but if not, let me sum it up for you. Environmental Monitors are advocates for the environment that are able to minimize negative environmental impacts associated with industrial activities. This is pretty awesome in itself, … Read More