The morning rain brought out lots of wildlife in Pacific Spirit Regional Park this Saturday! We saw a few salamanders and, of course, banana slugs. The forest was also filled with the sounds of the Swainston Thrush and many other breeding birds.
With this beautiful scene as the backdrop, we hauled 14 bags of English Holly out of the forest to make room for the Salmon and Elderberry plants to grow. Yay, more berries for the birds and more habitat for the salamanders and, of course, the lowly slugs.
Penelope Edgar Photography
Take a minute to check out this video on why invasive plants threaten the environment. You can also learn why English Holly is a particular threat in Pacific Spirit Regional Park by watching another short video.
Thanks for all your support keeping the park healthy! We could not do it without you!
Help us protect the native plant biodiversity in Pacific Spirit Regional Park by removing the fast growing invasive plants!
Gloves, tools, snacks and refreshments will all be provided, so please just wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather and be ready to work hard and have fun!
When do we meet: Most Saturdays from 1:00-4:00
Where do we meet: We tackle invasive plants throughout the park – an email is send out weekly with the location
What will we be doing: Removing invasive plants, including Holly, Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry and more!
How to sign up: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on our MeetUp page.
Metro Vancouver has been mapping invasive species in Pacific Spirit Park. Mapping is used to understand the extent of the invasive species problem, so that we can best use the resources we have to manage them. Unfortunately, there is a large amount of invasives that have moved into the park and English holly is the most abundant species. One local resident explained the source as “people dumping [yard waste] here for at least 30 years”. During about 100 hours of field work, an area of 45ha was mapped and a total about 17% (7.76ha) of the forest area surveyed was covered in invasive species. The figure (attached) shows the proportion of each species found in this area.