Thanks for all the “Toad” Support!

WT-Road-Closed-300x225Thank you for the generous donations towards our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Program!

Due to the recent media exposure, the story about the Ryder Lake toads have touched the hearts of many, so many in fact we have received over $1500 in donations this past month! It is hard to express, not only as staff, but also as a not for profit organization, how grateful we are for your generosity!

Many of you whom donated to this project expressed a need to be kept up to date about the progress of the toads and the project as a whole. As a result we added a new webpage to our site titled “RLAPP Updates” which includes updates about the project, recent video and photo’s as well as links to recent media exposure.

The best way to support the little toadlets is through our Toonie for a Toad fundraising campaign, there are several ways you can donate:

In Person: Drop by the office with your contribution

By Mail: Send a cheque payable to the Fraser Valley Conservancy to our address:

PO Box 2026 Abbotsford BC V2T 3T8

On the Internet: Make a payment through Canada Helps.org

 

Again, thank you for all the support!

Suzie MacMillan

Office & Field Manager

suzie[at]fraservalleyconservancy.ca

Restoration Project Underway

Before-Restoration-300x225FVC staff and volunteers have been busy this month restoring wildlife habitat at our Ryder Creek Wildlife Corridor.

The Fraser Valley Conservancy acquired the property, which is located in the Chilliwack River Valley, early this year from the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). The  FVRD was looking for a conservation organization to protect the property in perpetuity. In 2009 a landslide swept down the hill and plugged a portion of Ryder Creek. The flooding that ensued caused the evacuation of the residents and made the property too hazardous to live on.

 

 

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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