A BIG Thanks to the BC Fallow Deer Association

thank-you2-199x300The Fraser Valley Conservancy would like to thank the former BC Fallow Deer Association for their generous donation towards FVC programs and projects. In recent years the Deer Farming industry in BC has fallen into decline and so has BCFDA membership, as a result the Association now no longer exists and the remaining members decided to donate their remaining funds to a worthy cause and they chose FVC! Without donors like the BCFDA, FVC would not be able to protect sensitive lands and the species that inhabit them. Continue reading

Bird Banding in the Canadian Prairies

P5091390-300x225Steve Clegg: Out and About

Our Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Steve Clegg, recently went on vacation. Not to Mexico, nor to Vegas, instead Steve traveled to the center of the Canadian Prairies to trudge through “gumbo”, wade through swamps, and climb sketchy dead trees,  all while living out of the back of a car for a week. Why, you may ask? To band Great Horned Owls of course.

Bird banding is an important tool used in the scientific study and monitoring of wild birds. A uniquely numbered metal band placed around the leg of an owl allows is to be tracked throughout its life time. This also helps to monitor owl populations, determine common causes of death, and assess the effects of environmental contaminants. Continue reading

Toads are on the Move

amphibian-monitoring-2011-225x300During the night of March 15th, Steve Clegg our Environmental Stewardship Coordinator went out for this seasons first night-time amphibian monitoring session and found 68 amphibians from 6 different species on the road in Ryder Lake, Chilliwack. 87% of the amphibians found were killed by vehicles including females carrying up to 16,500 eggs. The Western Toads, Red-legged Frogs, Pacific Treefrogs, Rough-skinned Newts, Northwestern Salamanders, and Western Red-backed Salamanders all make three yearly migrations between different habitat types. This recent monitoring session marked the beginning of the first adult migration of the year towards the breeding wetland. As they travel, they are forced to cross local roads and face vehicular mortality. Continue reading

FVC is Heating Up!

FVC staff was in the middle of the excitement this past Saturday at the Abbotsford Sports & Entertainment Center (ASEC), while the Heat left the Penguins in the cold, winning 5-4 in a shoot-out.  The Community Corner is a program run by the Abbotsford Heat hockey club which engages with local businesses and non-profit organizations by donating partial proceeds from ticket sales. ASEC recently reached out to local non-profits and FVC was lucky enough to have the chance to engage and educate Heat fans with their attendance in the Community Corner. Heat fans were able to learn about their local land trust and how we protect natural areas in the Fraser Valley! Continue reading

Herpetofauna and Roads

P7270028-web-300x224From February 21st-23rd 2011 the staff from FVC attended a workshop on Herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) and their mortality on roads, in Nanaimo BC.  The Ministry of Environment, BC Frogwatch, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Northwest chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, the Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds, and the Biology Department of Vancouver Island University co-hosted the two-day workshop on Herps and Roads. The workshop brought scientists, environmental managers, engineers and non-governmental organizations together to discuss the impacts of vehicular mortality on herpetofauna while migrating across roads and mitigative measures that can be used to reduce those impacts. The two-day workshop included world renowned plenary speaker, Miklós Puky, who specializes in herpetofauna and road ecology in Europe. The workshop also featured invited speakers and poster presentations focused on case studies in Canada and the USA. Through the connections made and the resources collected, we  have a better understanding of how to implement mitigation measures for our local populations of herpetofauna, especially for our study site in Ryder Lake. Continue reading

FVC in the News

Species at risk benefit from land donation

By Paul J. Henderson, The Times February 11, 2011

A riverside property in the Chilliwack River Valley has been donated to the Abbotsford-based Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) by the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). Continue reading