Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast
Since we last reported out in our fall/winter newsletter, the SCCP has continued to focus on the program activities funded in 2017. We also continue to invest in our legacy programs on conservation education, working with local governments, landowners and building on existing and new partnerships to affect conservation-based change. Here is a recap of what we have been up to and what is on the horizon for the coming spring/summer...
Talks, walks and more walks and talks! Thanks to funding for our Conservation Connections Series from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, the SCCP team and partners have gone from 'Desolation to Hope'. Okay we actually mean Powell River to the Fraser Valley and a lot of communities in between! Our next community event is just a few days away! Owls of the Sea to Sky Corridor, March 22, 2018 - 6:30pm, 37907 2nd Ave, Squamish, BC. Join Sofi Hindmarch MSc, owl specialist, for an entertaining and interesting evening learning about local owls, those that are considered to be at-risk, and the activities underway to help protect them. For further information about the event, the speaker and to register go to: Owls of the Sea to Sky Corridor
The SCCP just hosted its 5th webinar, focused on prioritizing threats and addressing management needs in the Fraser Estuary. If you missed it you can subscribe to our YouTube channel and be notified when the video recording of the webinar is uploaded. Check out all our past webinars and videos!
Remember the Mossom Creek BioBlitz we reported on in the fall? Our report for the blitz partners is now online. The blitz identified 377 species, of which five were federally listed species at risk and seven were listed provincially as either red or blue listed.Highlights included the discovery of Roell's Brotherella (a red-listed moss) and a species of Japanese Leafhopper (new to BC, though introduced and possibly invasive). Plants composed the largest group of organisms at 178 species (vascular=99 species, non-vascular=79 species), with invertebrates coming in second at 127 species (insects forming the most biodiverse group at 79 species). Of the vertebrates, birds dominated at 48 species, with passerines (perching birds) being the dominant Order.
Mark your calendars for the Victoria Day (May) long weekend! We hope to hear shortly about whether our WWF Go Wild grant has been approved to host an encore species at risk day celebration. In fall of 2017 we partnered with City of Surrey Parks and the Surrey Christian School to submit a proposal for an event focused at Surrey’s newest park, the Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve. Fingers crossed about the funding.