What you need to know about planting native plant species in the late winter-early spring for BC’s South Coast climate.
Enjoy WBT’s nine February events, available online.
The study reveals that wakes from vessels increase the overall wave energy of Burrard Inlet up to 4.6 times the natural state. This exacerbates the erosion of Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s cultural sites, archaeological lands, shorelines, and beaches.
Chloe Hartley studied the effects of Himalayan blackberry and English ivy on the plant community at Maplewood Flats. The research indicates that the two invasive species are associated with reduced native plant species diversity and reduced bird presence.
WBT reviews various bird blind designs to address rising foot traffic at Maplewood Flats.
Celebrate the global Great Backyard Bird Count event from February 12 – 15.
The Wild Bird Trust of BC is deeply disappointed in British Columbia’s decision to allow the removal of a rare Peregrine Falcon nest in Abbotsford.
World Wetlands Day is recognized on February 2, 2021 as a global celebration of wetland ecosystems, some of the most productive ecosystems of the world. The term “biological supermarkets” has been used to describe wetlands, given the immense biodiversity they support. Wetlands also provide several beneficial ecosystem services, including protecting and improving water quality, providing habitat for fish and wildlife, storing floodwaters, and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods.
Nest box programs at Maplewood Flats and Rocky Point (Port Moody) initiated in 1994 greatly contributed to the resurgence of Purple Martins in BC. Now, around 110 nest boxes are mounted every spring upon the return of the Purple Martins at Maplewood Flats. In 2019 it was estimated that there was nesting activity in around 86 nest boxes at the Maplewood Flats colony.
Increasing cases of sick and dying birds are emerging in record-high numbers across British Columbia and Oregon due to an ongoing widespread, lethal salmonella outbreak, as reported by the Wildlife Rescue Association.
It is essential to recognize the impact of human activities on Maplewood Flats ecosystems, especially considering the increase in site visitation each year.