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

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 Amphibian Monitoring Project

Under the guidance of Dr. Kristiina Ovaska, a herpetologist from Biolinx Environmental Research Ltd. in Victoria, the NNS is undertaking a multi-year amphibian monitoring project. More information on this important, ongoing 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