The Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats hosts a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits at the site.


Pacific Coast Portraits

Wild Bird Trust of BC (WBT) is excited to be partnering with Artists for Conservation (AFC) on the Pacific Coast Portraits Exhibit. AFC is the world’s premiere artist group with a mission to support nature, based in BC. This special exhibit at the Nature House is in conjunction with the 9th Artists for Conservation Festival. Pacific Coast Portraits will feature over 25 giclee reproduction artworks by local members of AFC, featuring wildlife and wild places, with a special emphasis on birds of the Pacific Coast. The exhibit aims to celebrate birdlife and biodiversity in the region and to inform viewers about local bird species and their habitats.

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Pacific Coast Portraits exhibit. Photo by Madeline Edmonds

You may recall seeing the preview of the AFC’s Silent Skies* mural hosted for a day at the Flats last August in advance its full installation at the International Ornithological Congress. This sparked the possibility for this year’s exhibit, which represents a pilot project between AFC, an international group of artists, and the WBT, with a goal of establishing a recurring annual program model. (*Silent Skies is a 100 foot super-mural made up of 678 individual 8″ x 8″ painted panels representing all endangered birds of the world.)

The exhibit will be a highlight of at least two public events: WBT’s Osprey Festival (July 20) and the 9th annual Artists for Conservation Festival (Sept 14/15).

Permanent Installations

Maplewood Flats Conservation area hosts public artworks by local Indigenous artists at various locations around the site.

Niih ten sxelt nata skwi its’ay

Ocean Hyland

Tsleil-Waututh artist & activist

Niih ten sxelt nata skwi its’ay is located near the Eastern Mudflats.

The Great Blue

James Harry

Squamish artist: carver and muralist

The Great Blue Heron installation is located at Osprey Point.

House Posts

 Zachary George (Skokaylem)


The house posts are located at the front entrance of Corrigan Nature House.

Osprey Mural

Nature House in Spring_Spring2019_Lianne Payne copy

Jordan Gallie


The Osprey Mural is located on the north side of Corrigan Nature House.

call for Submissions

2nd Annual Photo Exhibition

Coast Salish Wild Birds and Wildlife Calendar 2020


Calling all nature photographers!

Whether you’re a professional or a beginner nature-loving photographer, we invite you to select and submit your favourite images! Share your love for the birds, plants, insects and wildlife at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats.

The competition consists of large-format photographs taken at Maplewood Flats of plants and flowers as well as birds and wildlife. Up to 18 photos/photographers will be selected for exhibition at the Nature House.

In addition to being included in the exhibit and in associated promotions, and invited to the opening reception, winning photographers will receive a high quality 11” x 16” professional print of their work. Photographers will also have the option to have their winning photo considered for the 2020 Coast Salish Wild Bird & Wildlife Calendar. Selected photographers will, of course, also receive calendars.

The Photo Exhibit runs from Sunday, October 6 - Saturday, November 23, 2019

submission guidelines

  • High resolution digital (recommended approximately 4650 x 5850 pixels, but not mandatory).
  • Include your last name in the file name ie Heron_Date_Firstname LastName.jpg
  • Picture must be taken at any point in the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats
  • Birds, wildlife or other fauna, flora, or landscapes must be featured
  • Cropping, sharpening, color correction and exposure manipulation are acceptable
  • Include name, email, and contact information.
  • Confirm that the image was taken by the photographer and is property of the photographer
  • Women, men, new birders, new citizens, youth, Indigenous, …. All are welcome to participate!
  • Must be a member-in-good-standing of the Wild Bird Trust of BC – join online or email

By submitting your photos to this competition, you grant Wild Bird Trust permission to use them in the Photo Exhibit and Wildlife Calendar, as well as future digital or print publications.