About Wild Bird Trust of BC

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Photo of Deeks-McBride Sand and Gravel Company
Job Posting

Records and Archives Intern

The Wild Bird Trust of BC (WBT) is seeking a volunteer Records and Archives Intern who is responsible for reviewing, researching, evaluating, cataloging, and (where necessary) digitizing the paper archives of Wild Bird Trust of BC.

Habitat & Cultural Use

The effects of two invasive species at Maplewood Flats

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.

Birding

Great Backyard Bird Count

Celebrate the global Great Backyard Bird Count event from February 12 – 15.

Habitat & Cultural Use

World Wetlands Day

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.

Purple Martin by John Lowman
Birding

Cross-border Purple Martin Conservation Network

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.

Human Impacts on Sensitive Ecosystems
Habitat & Cultural Use

Human Impacts on Sensitive Ecosystems

It is essential to recognize the impact of human activities on Maplewood Flats ecosystems, especially considering the increase in site visitation each year.