Thanks for your interest in joining our team of Butterflyway Rangers in Richmond, BC! Please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, please email contact@davidsuzuki.org.

Applications for Richmond are open from February 27 to March 20We will contact applicants as soon as possible after the closing date.

Training takes place over three days:

  • April 1 or 2, 2017 — 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McNair Secondary (choose one)
  • April 9 — 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond Sharing Farm
  • April 29 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bridgeport Industrial Park

Please note we will only accept applicants who can attend all three sessions. Detailed agenda below.

Thanks to:

  • Our training partner, Border Free Bees. Border Free Bees is a long-term public art initiative headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere and Associate Professor Nancy Holmes, in collaboration with numerous strategic partners.
  • Chantal Denis, a sustainable chef who is passionate about empowering others to prepare food that nourishes both people and planet. Chantal is thrilled to be part of The Butterflyway Project, and to demonstrate how to prepare some of the delicious foods that we can enjoy thanks to pollinators.
  • Sarah Drewery, executive director of Richmond Sharing Farm and Leslie Williams, bee keeper.
  • Michael Wolfe, biology and environmental science teacher at Matthew McNair Secondary School

Agenda

Day 1: Butterfly and Bee Facts

Date: Saturday, April 1 from 9:30am to 3pm OR Sunday, April 2 from 9:30am to 3pm
Location: Mc Nair Secondary School Science Lab. Room 122, 9500 No 4 Rd, Richmond, BC V7A 2Y9

(Bring you own lunch.)

Content:

1) A one-hour session Dr. Elizabeth Elle (Border Free Bees) on the reasons behind pollinator decline, how we can help and an overview of basic physical differences between pollinators.

  • Two hours of hands-on pollinator identification and introduction to a citizen science tool called the Insight App.

2) Butterflies-as-pollinators presentation by Michael Wolfe, B.Ed. B.Sc., Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Matthew McNair Secondary School and Student Teacher Joanna Antonio:

  • The Structure and Evolution of a Butterfly/Moth
  • Life Cycle Stages – with LIVE larva/pupa/adult
  • Microscope slide research
  • Local species – one profiled species presented by each student
  • Citizen advocacy – planting butterfly-friendly gardens (outdoor activity)

Day 2: Creative Pollinators and Food Security

Date: Sunday, April 9 from 9:30am to 3pm
Location: Richmond Sharing Farm

Content:

  • A presentation by Dr. Cameron Cartiere about creating artistic bumblebee houses
  • Lunch: Chef live cooking demonstration and lunch sharing with participants
  • Presentation by Richmond Sharing Farm on why pollinators are important for our food supply
  • Planning for local, neighborhood-level projects to enhance pollinator habitat

Day 3: Field Trip to Bridgeport Industrial Park

Date: Saturday April 29 from 1pm to 3pm

Content:

  • Tour the pollinator pasture at the Industrial Park and try the Insight App live!
  • Next Step briefing for Butterflyway Rangers
 

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