Celebrate World Rivers Day by helping us clean-up the Chilliwack River

 Sunday September 28th, 2014

Come join the FVC and other groups to clean-up the banks of the Chilliwack river on Sunday September 28th! It is a family friendly event that helps keep garbage out of the river and provides an opportunity to enjoy the scenery along our adopted section of this spectacular river.

This event is hosted by the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society.

This is a special clean-up event in celebration of World Rivers Day and registration will be at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club House at 48685 Chilliwack Lake Road. Registration starts at 8:30am We will head out at 9:30 am to our nearby section of the river (between Sleese Road and the Tamahi Bridge) and will be done by noon. Afterwards there will be a volunteer appreciation BBQ, entertainment and draw prizes.

Please ensure you dress appropriately for the weather!
Clean up tools and bags will be provided.

If you have any questions feel free to call 604-625-0066 or email.

Attention salmon: great new digs for your offspring available in Windebank Creek!

We had a rewarding and productive weekend on Sept 13th and 14th, re-creating fish habitat in Windebank Creek. Forty-one hard-working volunteers came out and learned how to build fish habitat; together we constructed 7 Newbury weirs.  We also created shade structures above the pools that will form downstream of each new weir. We continued our ongoing battle with blackberry by cutting back the plants that incessantly try to take over the site. A huge thanks to all our returning volunteers as well as all the new faces – we couldn’t have done this without you!

In addition to the enormous volunteer contribution, this project was made possible through support from Pacific Salmon Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, Mission of Streams Streamkeepers and a BC Hydro PowerSmart donation. Mainland Sand and Gravel donated the rock and the District of Mission donated the wood supplies.

Thanks Everyone!!!

The Mission Record took some great photos and below is a photo summary of the work done. The next event at Windebank will be in November, at which time we will embark on a final attack of the blackberry before winter and plant some cedar and alder trees in a few key areas. By that time we should be able to see salmon spawners using the new habitat.

 

Fall migration of the Ryder Lake amphibians!

We had a successful evening survey for amphibians along our survey route in Ryder Lake last night.  We saw 138 amphibians of which 58 were alive!  There were especially large numbers of Red-legged frog and Pacific chorus frog subadults (frogs that would have hatched earlier this year) out on the road.  We also found several adult Western toads and for the first time since mid-April we saw Northwestern salamanders and Long-toed salamanders.  We also found a dead Western red-backed salamander for the first time this year.

The amphibians are making their way back across the road from the breeding pond to overwintering habitat.  Keep an eye out for these tiny critters especially on rainy nights!

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Western Toad

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Long-toed salamander

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Northwestern salamander

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Pacific chorus frog

 

Windebank Work Party this Weekend – September 13th and 14th

It looks like it is going to be sunny and we’re still looking for more helpers for the restoration work in Windebank Creek this weekend. Come help us out!

Here are the details…

The plan – 3 Shifts (volunteers can participate in as many shifts as they are comfortable with):

  1. Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  (lunch will be served for all participants between 12 and 12:30)
  2. Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  3. Sunday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (hopefully we will be done at this time otherwise we will be working later this day as well)

The work:

  • we will be moving gravel, rocks and wood by hand, buckets and wheelbarrows to predetermined sites along the creek
  • our DFO project partner (Al Jonsson) will provide instruction on how to build each rock weir and wood complexes
  • volunteers will work in groups of 2 or 3 to build the structures (with help as required) – it is our goal to build at least 10 of these structures
  • for volunteers who are not comfortable lifting heavy objects or working in the stream we have lots of other tasks you can help us with such as much needed help with our ongoing battle to control the invasive plants on the property and general property maintenance tasks

What to bring:

  • Gumboots if you want to work in the stream, hiking or good shoes if you are going to stay out of the stream – NO OPEN TOED SHOES ALLOWED ON THIS PROPERTY for your safety reasons!
  • Dress for the weather, it looks like this lovely sunny stretch will continue through the weekend, so don’t forget sun protection and a water bottle (we will have a water jug on site for refills)
  • If you have gloves and pruners please bring them too – we have a few for people to borrow as well

Where to meet:

The dead end at the west end of Logan Street in Mission (you will see the gate to our property which lies below the mall that is on the Northeast corner of Lougheed and Cedar Connector.