April at a Glance

Spring is here!

Are you interested in getting outside or becoming involved with urban ecological restoration work?

Find out about what is happening in Pacific Spirit Regional Park this month!

You can visit our website calendar or MeetUp page for more information about the events in April.

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Night Quest 2017

  • Saturday March 25, 2017
    7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

    at Pacific Spirit Regional Park
    Meet at Park Centre on 16th Ave, 400 m west of Blanca St

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    Nature at night is a magical experience. Wander 2 km of lantern-lit trails and explore like owls, squirrels, coyotes and other nocturnal critters.

    Bring a flashlight or lantern and a mug for the cash-only concession. Trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Allow 1.5 hours to complete.

    Presented by Metro Vancouver with Pacific Spirit Park Society

    FREE

    Drop by anytime

    ALL AGES

    Photos: Bruce McPherson

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Nature Fun for February

It may be too snowy to run our restoration events, but there are plenty of great opportunities to get into nature in the Metro Vancouver area this month.

Thursday, February 9
Vanier Park Birding
This is a half day field trip covering Vanier Park and West to Kits Beach pool. Expect to see Sea Ducks, Grebes, and sparrows. Beginner birders welcome. 9 am, meet at the Totem Pole on the path behind The Maritime Museum. There is limited free parking in the area. Leader Adrian 604 263 7957.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m 
Photogrammetry of Cetaceans
Dr. Lance Barrett-Lenard
In recent years, Dr. Lance Barrett Lenard, along with colleagues, has been studying cetaceans from the air – with a drone specially equipped with a camera. Photographing and videoing whales from above is providing valuable information on body condition, size and behaviours that are impossible to observe in any other way, with neglible impact on the animals being studied. Dr. Lance Barrett- Lenard is the Senior Research Scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Cetacean Research Lab.
held at the Unitarian Centre at 949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak Street), Vancouver.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca

Friday – February 10
Nature Walk at Campbell Valley Regional Park
Join Gareth Pugh to walk the network of trails through this regional park with its diversity of habitats and wildlife. Bring some seed to feed the birds and squirrels and check out all the different trees that can be found there. Meet at 9:00 am in the 16th Avenue parking lot.
Please phone 604-576-6831 for information and to let us know to expect you.
Organized by Langley Field Naturalists

Saturday, Feb 11 (2 – 3:30pm)
Bear Creek Wildlife Walk
Search for signs of wildlife in this park’s diverse meadow, forest, and creek habitats. Look for the eagle nest, check out wildlife trees, and take a peek in the creek – who will you see? Meet at the south edge of the parking lot, in front of the water park. Ages 10+, rain or shine. For more information, call 604-502-6065 or visit www.surrey.ca/parks.

Bear Creek Park (13750 – 88 Ave)

FAMILY FUN DAYS
February 11~13, 11:00 am~4:00 pm
Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Come to the Richmond Nature Park for some adventurous family fun! Explore the bog through special family scavenger and treasure hunts. Check out a display about the Northern Spotted Owl – one of Canada’s most endangered species.
Admission is by donation. Proceeds support the Richmond Nature Park Society’s environmental education programs.
This event is suitable for all ages.

Family Day At Fort Langley National Historic Site
February 13, 2017 @ 10:00 Am~5:00 Pm
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday for free and experience a day in the life of a fur trader family. Participate in 1800s chores, watch an historic weapons demonstration take part in a nature walk and find out what life was like for a family living at Fort Langley. Take a picture in our photo booth, feed the animals, watch blacksmith and barrel-making demonstrations, fire a reproduction musket between 11 am and 3 pm (small fee), and join in on the fun with our new family scavenger hunt.

Family Day Campfire | all ages
Mon, February 13, 12:30~3:30 pm
PACIFIC SPIRIT REGIONAL PARK
Drop by for a cozy campfire and learn about plants and animals through story and song.
Meet at 16th Ave parking lot, 400 m west of Blanca St.
FREE Drop by anytime.

For the Love of Nature | all ages
Mon, February 13, 11 am~2 pm
BURNABY LAKE & CAMPBELL VALLEY REGIONAL PARKs
Celebrate nature with family and loved ones this Family Day weekend.
Enjoy arts and crafts activities that expand your ability to observe and appreciate nature.
Meet at the Nature House. FREE Drop by anytime.

For the Love of Nature
Monday, February 13, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Campbell Valley Regional Park
Meet at the Nature House.
Celebrate nature with family and loved ones this Family Day weekend.  Enjoy arts and crafts activities that expand your ability to observe and appreciate nature.
All ages. Free. Drop by anytime. 604-432-6359, programs.info@metrovancouver.org

Wednesday – February 15
Nature Walk at Sumas Prairie
Join Wim Vesseur to travel through the beautiful pastoral Fraser Valley which is an overwintering location for many raptors!  We will be looking for birds of prey – such as the Red-tailed Hawk, Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawks plus any surprises we find along the way!  We will warm up after with warm drinks at a restaurant. Meet at 9:00 am at McDonalds, 34618 Delair Road, Abbotsford, off Hwy 1 exit no.92, off Sumas Way North. Please phone 604-534-3447 for information and to let us know to expect you.
Organized by Langley Field Naturalists

Thursday, February 16
What will we use the forests for
John Innes
Description of talk: British Columbia’s forests have traditionally been seen solely as a source of wood (for lumber and pulp), with minor attention being paid to recreation. This approach will have to change due to a number of internal and external pressures, including decreasing timber supplies, changing demands from an increasingly urbanized population, and changes in global wood trade patterns. Forests will play a major role in a future bio-economy, should Canada decide to pursue this. Whether or not this approach is taken, the importance of forests for biodiversity, water, soil protection, and a range of cultural and social benefits is likely to be increasingly recognized.
About the speaker: John Innes is Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. He has taught a range of courses including forest management, international forestry and tropical forest ecology. His research currently focusses on the adaptation of forests and forest-dependent peoples to climate change.
at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 49th at Oak, Vancouver.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca

Saturday, February 18, 10:00am
Garry Point Park/West Dyke
Loop around Garry Point Park and continue along the West Dyke trail while taking in the spectacular views of the Gulf Islands and Coastal Mountains.
Meeting spot: Garry Point concession stand, 12011 7th Avenue.
www.richmond.ca/walk

Derby Tales Round the Campfire | all ages
Saturday, February 18, noon~3 pm
DERBY REACH REGIONAL PARK
Gather round a crackling campfire for tales of nature and life in the wilderness. Bake bannock and bring a mug for hot chocolate.
Meet across road from Heritage Area on Allard Cres, north of 96th Ave and 4 km west of Fort Langley.
FREE Drop by anytime.

Saturday, February 18
Birding at Colony Farm
Colony Farm RP is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Come discover what species the park has to offer on this year’s half-day outing. Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 0900. Larry Cowan 604-307-0931.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca

March 18, 10am – 1pm
Earthwise Society’s family-friendly Rain Day is a free event that will be held during Spring Vacation at the Earthwise Garden at 6400 3rd Avenue, in Delta (near Centennial Beach).

The event is kid-focused and will feature a children’s entertainer, an interactive dance, rainstick crafts, and a water band. There will be a Rain Sculpture contest that community members can vote in as well as a chance to walk around Earthwise’s organic garden. Kids can wear and show off their favourite rain gear and umbrellas. We aim to make rain more fun and to increase appreciation of its ecosystem benefits in our coastal temperate rainforest! Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, February 25, 9 am
Jericho Park Birding
This is a half day field trip covering the ponds and foreshore. Meet at the West entrance to the Park at N.W Marine Drive and Discovery Street. There is limited free parking in the area plus public transit. Washrooms available along the route. Leader: Adrian 604 263 7957.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca

Saturday – February 25
Nature Walk at Brydon Lagoon, Langley
Join Al Grass and Annabel Griffiths to look for the many waterfowl, raptors, and other birds that call this wetland their home in winter and learn more about how LFN are working with the City of Langley to improve this valuable urban park.  Meet at the 53rd Avenue parking lot near 198A Street, Langley at 9:00 am.
Please phone 604 538 8774 or 604-530-2778 for information and to let us know to expect you. Organized by Langley Field Naturalists

Raptor Watch | ages 9+
Sat, February 25, 10 am~noon
BOUNDARY BAY REGIONAL PARK
View raptors through a spotting scope as they hunt in and around the bay. Test your raptor smarts at the birds of prey display.
Meet at Boundary Bay Dyke Trail at 72nd Ave.
Presented with Delta Naturalists and Langley Field Naturalists. FREE Drop by anytime.

Sunday, February 26
Birding walk along Fraser River and Sturgeon Banks
Join Kelly Sekhon for a birding walk along Fraser River and Sturgeon Banks in Richmond. Meet at 9 am at Tim Hortons on #3 Road across the street from Aberdeen station of Canada Line SkyTrain. Bring a lunch and a hot drink and change for bus fare. Dress for cold and windy weather.
We will walk all the way to Garry point (10 km) and take the bus back to Aberdeen Station. For more information, please contact Kelly kellysekhon@yahoo.com  by email only. Cell phone 778-979-0558 for last minute updates. Note: Parking for all day may be a problem so use transit or park somewhere in town and then take Canada Line to Aberdeen station.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca

Cammidge House Heritage Day | all ages
Sun, February 26, 1~4 pm
BOUNDARY BAY REGIONAL PARK
Join us at Cammidge House to get a peek into the local history. Enjoy tea and baked goods. Meet at Cammidge House.
Presented by Boundary Bay Park Association. FREE Drop by anytime.
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Thursday, March 2
Madagascar – The “Eighth Continent”
Peter Candido
Because of its isolation from other land masses for about 90 million years, Madagascar is one of the most biologically distinct regions on earth.  Approximately 90% of its animal and plant species are endemic.  Madagascar is home to five endemic bird families, an endemic primate family, the lemurs, of which there are over 100 species, more than 260 species of reptiles, 266 species of amphibians and a remarkable diversity of invertebrates.
Join Peter for a comprehensive birding and wildlife tour covering all major habitats of this amazing island.
at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to www.naturevancouver.ca


Friday, March 3

Nature Walk at 8th Avenue Trail
Join Bob Puls to walk the section of the South Langley Regional Trail from 256th Street to 264th Street. This is a fairly new trail, recently completed by the Back Country Horsemen, as the last link between the Campbell Valley and Aldergrove Regional Parks. The trail is nicely gravelled all the way, with wooded sections interspersed by stream valleys crossed by a couple of brand new bridges, and a variety of open and closed habitat. Meet at 9:00 am at 1062 – 256th Street.
lease phone 604-856-7534 for information and to let us know to expect you.
Organized by Langley Field Naturalists


Saturday, March 4, 10:00am
Burkeville Park–Sea Island
Stroll through the historic community of Burkeville on foot exploring this neighbourhood’s unique characteristics.
Meeting spot: Burkeville Park playground (between Airport Drive and Catalina Crescent).
www.richmond.ca/walk

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#WelcometoCanada!

Did you know that PSPS hosted a series of pre-employment skills training events for new immigrants and refugees this summer?

These pilot program events went so well that we have been seeking funding to help PSPS develop a long-term citizen science program in Pacific Spirit Regional Park for new immigrants and refugees.  If you are interested in supporting this project, you can donate now.  Your support will help PSPS make an environmental and social impact!

Remember to note that your donation is for the PSPS New Immigrant Citizen Science Program in the message box on the Pacific Parklands Foundation link.

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Ecological Restoration – Planting Time

HAPPY FALL PLANTING!

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Fall is a busy time around the Park, as Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and the Pacific Spirit Park Society plant trees in recently cleared areas.  Most of the year the PSPS Eco Team works on removing invasive species from ecologically sensitive or heavily impacted sites.  However, it is especially important to replant native species in large areas that have been cleared of invasive plants, in order to:

  • increase native plant biodiversity,
  • re-introduce native plant seed sources,
  • out-compete or shade returning invasive plants,
  • decrease erosion and
  • improve wildlife habitat

Last weekend we had over 150 volunteers help plant nearly 1,000 trees along Salish Trail, near SW Marine Drive.  Over the next few weeks we will continue planting another 3,500 native trees and shrubs on the site.  If you are interested in joining in the fun, please email Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org or find one of events on MeetUp.

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Nature Walk -Location Change

Meet us on Binning Road between Gray Street and Birney Street

for a Nature Walk and Talk about native trees.

Please email Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org to register.

We hope to see you there!

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October Eco Blitz Restoration

The Eco Team will be working hard over the next few weeks to prepare the 2016 Pacific Spirit Regional Park Eco Blitz site for planting.  Once covered in invasive Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry, this site will soon become a lovely native forest with lots of plant diversity with a little help from you.

Scotch broom may be pretty, but it quickly becomes the only plant in sight.  Plant diversity is very important in ecosystems because it provides a variety of wildlife with habitat and a source of food.

Plus, Scotch broom is invasive.  That means that it is not native to BC, spreads very fast and does not have natural ecological competitors, such as insects and other plants that can help stop this plant in it’s tracks.

That is why we need you to help us finish removing the scotch broom on October 8th and 15th.

Then, on October 22nd and 29th the Eco Team will be planting 1000’s of trees to help out-complete the scotch broom and provide a home and food to lots of birds and forest animals again.

Find out more or sign up on our Events Calendar or on Meet Up.

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Big Planting Event – Saturday, September 24th

Join PSPS, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and the Vancouver Park Board increase wildlife habitat by planting native trees in Pacific Spirit Regional Park this Saturday from 11:00-3:00.  Come by for an hour or stay the whole time.  We will have gloves, tools and lots of great snacks!

We hope to see you there!

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Welcome Back!

Hello to all of you who have been away this summer and to those of you who have are finding PSPS for the first time!

We have an exciting fall ahead of us with several wildlife habitat restoration projects, invasive plant mapping, water quality monitoring and nature education programming!

If you are curious to learn more about our programming and restoration projects, stop by our booth at the Wesbrook Village Festival or join in the environmental stewardship fun with the PSPS Eco Team this Saturday.

We hope to see you soon!

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