The Nicola Naturalist Society undertakes environmental stewardship and monitoring projects within the Merritt/Nicola area.


Starting in 2023 our club is undertaking bioblitzes in key locations. Our first was a mini-bioblitz to get us up to speed, on a property in Coutlee, just outside Merritt, which is planned for re-wilding. More on that project here: Coutlee 2023 Bioblitz

Our club along with the Lillooet Naturalist Society has been invited to undertake a bioblitz at the Kanaka Bar Reserve to help document the biodiversity at the new T’eqt’aqtn Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA). This is planned for 10 June 2023 – report to come.

Spadefoot Monitoring 2022-2026

Our club is monitoring and mapping Great Basin Spadefoots (Spea intermontana) in the grassland of the Nicola Valley and Douglas Lake Plateau. This area is one of the key breeding areas in Canada for this small Threatened amphibian. More information here: Spadefoot project 2022-2026

Douglas Lake Plateau IBA

Along with the Kamloops Naturalists, the Nicola Naturalist Society is responsible for reporting on the Douglas Lake Plateau Important Bird Area (IBA). More information on this ongoing project can be found on our Douglas Lake Plateau IBA page.

Merritt/Nicola 2011-2015 Amphibian Monitoring Project

Under the guidance of Dr. Kristiina Ovaska, a herpetologist from Biolinx Environmental Research Ltd. in Victoria, the NNS completed a multi-year amphibian monitoring project. More information on this important project can be found on our Amphibian Monitoring Project page, including downloads of the project reports.

Butterflies of the BC Interior

Bob Scafe, Nicola Naturalist director and prolific nature photographer, has put together photos and notes of some common butterflies (and a moth) to be found in and around Merritt. This is an ongoing project which will get more species added over the months ahead. Check it out here: Butterfly and moths – series 1 

Or if the species is not found in the first series try Butterflies and moths – series 2