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

FVC Receives $10,000 from Vancity

Vancity-Community-Projects-Grant-300x236On behalf of The Fraser Valley Conservancy, Executive Director Lisa Fox and Executive Assistant Ashley Peters, accepted a check for $10,000 from the Vancity Community Project Grants Program.  The grant will help support our up and coming Environmental Youth Stewards Program and various other on-going projects at FVC. Continue reading

FVC Aquires New Property

AUCHENWAY PROPERTY

CGS-300x225The Fraser Valley Conservancy is pleased to announce its third acquisition of a property which is along the Chilliwack River and connects Provincial parkland to Crown land and is home to several species at risk, which may possibly include the Coastal Giant Salamander.  FVC came into possession of the property thanks to the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) which was looking for a conservation organization to look after the property.

In addition to the support received from the FVRD, the Chilliwack River Action Committee showed their support by submitting an application for funding which will allow for habitat improvements to this property that will welcome spawning salmon and over wintering ponds for Coho from Ryder Creek. Continue reading