About Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia

The Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia (WBT) is a non-profit society that manages the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver. We acknowledge that The Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats is situated within the traditional and unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN).
HOUSE POSTS by TSLEIL-WAUTUTH CARVER SKOKAYLEM ZACHARY GEORGE AT THE CORRIGAN NATURE HOUSE (PHOTO BY LIANNE PAYNE)
Osprey by Jordan Gallie
(Tsleil-Waututh)
Our mission is to provide wild birds with sanctuary through ecological protection and restoration, and support communities with education, culture, and reconciliation programs.

Adjacent to Maplewood Flats is the Tsleil-Waututh Nation community and village site. The mudflats provided food security for the TWN and were managed for fish, shellfish, waterfowl, and other resources. Prior to settler contact and industrialization, the region featured contiguous mudflats across Burrard Inlet. 

This richness of historic and current TWN presence and cultural practices is little known in the broader community.

Photo of Deeks-McBride Sand and Gravel Company
Deeks-McBride Sand and Gravel Company. Photo from the North Vancouver Museum and Archives.
The Indigenous knowledge of wild birds and Coast Salish culture in this public space signals a collaborative path forward where the local ways of knowing are honoured and shared in culturally appropriate ways. In this way, Maplewood Flats’ programs connect Coast Salish culture with the greater Vancouver public and promotes reconciliation and redress.

Wild Bird Trust of BC is working to reflect and acknowledge TWN culture and to collaboratively develop opportunities for TWN members to participate in the stewardship of Maplewood Flats. After 27 years, the Wild Bird Trust of BC (WBT) is emerging as a forward-thinking conservation organisation committed to reconciliation and habitat restoration in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet.

Since Maplewood Flats was designated as a Conservation Area in 1993, the site has been managed by the Wild Bird Trust (WBT), a non-profit charitable organization. The establishment of the Conservation Area protected the land from development and preserving it for bird and wildlife use, but may have furthered the exclusion of the Tsleil-Waututh community.

In 2017, the WBT Board of Directors determined the need for the development of a long term management plan to address reconciliation with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and to focus on emerging ecological issues at the site. This will be reflected in the Habitat and Cultural Use Plan for the site, which we are in the process of developing.

Board of Directors

Irwin Oostindie
President

president@wildbirdtrust.org

Jude Grass
Vice President
Paul Hundal
Secretary

policy@wildbirdtrust.org

Kevin M. Bell
Director-at-Large
Taylor Boisjoli
director-at-large
Thomas Flower
director-at-large
Gloria Pavez
Treasurer

finance@wildbirdtrust.org

Donna Clark
director-at-large (programs)

programs@wildbirdtrust.org

Kevin M. Bell
director-at-large
Christine George
director-at-large
Steven Hill
director-at-large
D'arcy Hutton
director-at-large
John Preissl
director-at-large
Carleen Thomas
director-at-large
Maureen Thomas
director-at-large

Staff

Irwin Oostindie
Planning director

planning@wildbirdtrust.org

Lianne Payne
operations manager

operations@wildbirdtrust.org

Alejandro Paredes-Borjas
Site & restoration manager

ed@wildbirdtrust.org

Honey Mae Caffin
Communications manager

communications@wildbirdtrust.org

Elsie Webb
Administrator

admin@wildbirdtrust.org

Cease Wyss
resident ethnobotanist & plant nursery social enterprise consultant
Senawila Wyss
Programs coordinator

programs@wildbirdtrust.org

Rachel Baumann
Exhibits coordinator

programs@wildbirdtrust.org

Erin Kendall
nursery growth Manager

nursery@wildbirdtrust.org

Kristen Munk
Communcations coordinator

commscoordinator@wildbirdtrust.org

Charlotte Heckel
Plant nursery operations coordinator

jonas@wildbirdtrust.org

Nova Sharma Lamichane
Extern (Columbia College)
Marisa Bischoff
assistant site Manager

volunteer@wildbirdtrust.org

Braela Kwan
staff writer, Wingspan managing editor

wingspan@wildbirdtrust.org

Nicole Preissl
Digital Communications coordinator

webcomms@wildbirdtrust.org

Committees

Chloe Hartley
Habitat committee co-chair

habitat@wildbirdtrust.org

Irwin Oostindie
Habitat committe co-chair

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