Volunteer: Salmon in the City

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The Work

  • We’re looking for energetic volunteers to help us with the ongoing restoration of Windebank Creek.
  • This will involve picking up garbage on the property, some invasive plant control, as well as helping us plant native shrubs.
  • You will also get an opportunity to learn about the history of Windebank Creek, see in-person the salmon who depend on it, and the impacts of climate change

Why it’s Helpful

  • Windebank Creek is a salmon-bearing creek that runs through a FVC conservation property in Mission, BC. You will be helping us keep the property in top condition for the fish and wildlife that call the area home.
  • The fight against invasive plant species is always ongoing, and your planting of native trees and shrubs will help shade the stream and make it a beautiful space.

Responsibilities

  • Pick up litter on the property.
  • Digging holes and planting native trees and shrubs.
  • Come with an open mind for learning!

Requirements

  • Be prepared to spend the time outdoors with minimal seating options, RAIN OR SHINE.
  • Be prepared to clip blackberry, pull morning glory, remove garbage, and plant!
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing & sturdy footwear (hiking boots are recommended).
  • Bring your own refillable water bottle or coffee mug.

Training/Equipment

  • If you’re able to, bring your own gloves.
  • Disposable gloves, trash bags and tools for litter pick-up will be provided.
  • Shovels and any other planting tools will be provided.
  • Planting training will be provided on site at the beginning of the day.

Safety

  • Bring your mask (mandatory) to wear for check-in, and when less than 2 meters apart from people.

Setting

  • Outdoors at Windebank Creek.

Location

  • Windebank Creek Conservation Property, Mission, BC.
    We will be meeting at the dead-end at the west end of Logan Street in Mission
    (Enter “Embers BBQ House” into Google and you will be next to the gate to our property).

Commitment

  • Saturday, November 13th, 2021
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • RAIN OR SHINE

Lunch will be provided for all who attend!

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By registering ahead of time, it will allow us to have enough supplies on hand.

However, if you don’t know your schedule in advance, that’s fine too. Just drop in on the day, the more the merrier! Please feel free to forward this on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Thank you for your interest in Salmon in the City!

Volunteer: Toadlet Counting

To sign up, email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

The Work

  • Help us to complete the 2021 Ryder Lake Toadlet Migration Season!
  • We are looking for volunteers to review wildlife camera images of the toadlets passing through the toad tunnel. If you have some spare time to put your eagle eyes to good use, we would love to hear from you!

Why it’s Helpful

  • Counting how many toadlets pass through the toad tunnel during the migration helps us determine the success of our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Program.
  • The numbers of toadlets in the photos provide insight into the relative size of the toadlet migration for this year and if the toad tunnel is working as intended.
  • It also provides interesting insight into what other critters use the tunnel to cross the road!

Responsibilities

  • Count toadlets in a series of photos that were taken on the toad tunnel wildlife camera.
  • Input the toadlet count data into a provided Excel spreadsheet.

Requirements

  • Must be detail oriented and committed to meeting deadlines.
  • Computer skills are a must – specifically knowledge of Google Drive (this is how you will access the photos) and Microsoft Excel.
  • Must have access to a full-size, high-resolution monitor to review the photos on. This work can not be done on a phone or laptop due to the nature of the photos.

Training

  • Written instructions on how to count the toadlets on the images.
  • Written instructions on how to input the toadlet count into the Excel spreadsheet.
  • Access to FVC staff person for any questions you may have.

Setting

  • Office work.

Location

  • Your home.

Commitment/Length/Timing

  • Starting ASAP.
  • Go through images in groupings of 500 at a time, depending on how many toadlets are in each photo this could take 5-10 hours to review a group of 500. (If you’d like more, request another batch and 500 more will be sent).
  • We ask that each batch of 500 images be completed within a 2-week window after being received.
  • Photos can be reviewed at any time of the day/week.

To sign up, email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

Thank you for your interest in counting toadlets!

Volunteer: Vedder River Clean-up

To sign up, email your name and phone number to alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

Reminder that sign up is mandatory so everyone can better plan for the day!

The Job

  • Join us to recognize BC Rivers Day by participating in the River Clean-up hosted by the Chilliwack/Vedder River Clean-Up Society. They do a fantastic job every year coordinating this giant garbage pick-up to keep our rivers clean.
  • We are looking for volunteers to help us pick up garbage along our adopted section of the Chilliwack river – a beautiful area downstream of the Tamahi Bridge.

Why it’s Helpful

  • The river sees a lot of use over the Spring and Summer months and the garbage left behind can impact both the local fish habitat, as well as be carried out to the ocean when the fall rains arrive. By picking up litter, you are helping animals who live there and ensuring that future generations can enjoy the river as well.

Responsibilities

  • Pick up litter along our adopted section of the river.
  • Larger items are carried to the road to be picked up by a vehicle.

Requirements

  • Be prepared to spend the morning outdoors with minimal seating options, rain or shine.
  • Be able to navigate a river shoreline that is gravelly and climb over logs.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing & sturdy footwear (hiking boots are recommended).
  • Bring your own snacks and water.

Safety

  • Bring your mask (mandatory) to wear for check-in and when less than 2 meters apart from people.

Training/Equipment

  • If you’re able to, bring your own gloves.
  • Disposable gloves, trash bags and tools for litter pick-up will be provided.
  • Training is N/A.

Setting

  • Outdoors on the river.

Location

  • Chilliwack Fish and Games Club (48685 Chilliwack Lake Road).

Commitment/Length/Timing

  • Event Date: Sunday, September 26th, 2021 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (at the latest)
  • Last day to register is Thursday, September 23rd at Noon. Please email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com to sign up.

To sign up, email your name and phone number to alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

Thank you for your interest in joining the river clean-up!

Fall Native Plant Sale Volunteer

 The Fall Native Plant Sale is one of our most important fundraising events of the year!

With your help we can reach more people and ensure the event is a success.

If you would like to volunteer, please send a paragraph describing your skills and why you would like to assist us

via email to alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

The Work

  • Are you a natural organizer that likes plants and have a few hours to spare each week between now and the beginning of October? If so, you could help us organize our Fall Native Plant Sale and ensure it is a success!

  • The work includes data entry of orders, email communications with customers, and help with the pick-ups. This is an ideal role for someone with excellent attention to detail and with experience working in customer service. You will be using the Shopify online platform, Microsoft Excel, and Outlook to coordinate the sale orders and communications. Ideally we would like someone who will continue to volunteer with us for future plant sales as well.

Benefits

  • You will get the opportunity to learn about native plants from our staff expert Jon!

  • You will be part of a dynamic, innovative, and fun team dedicated to making a difference in our world.

  • You will get the opportunity to take ownership and pride in a project that helps both people and wildlife.

  • You will see the success of the plant sale on pick-up day and meet lots of dedicated gardeners.

  • You will be playing an important role in promoting and supporting nature-based solutions to climate change.

  • 10% discount to the plant sale!

Responsibilities

  • Data entry of plant sale orders.

  • Customer service: respond to inquiries, provide pick-up instruction reminders, and follow-up with customers.

  • Help label and organize the purchased plants.

  • Attend the day of pick-up and help with getting people their orders.

Requirements

  • Excellent organizational, written, and verbal skills.

  • Computer skills are a must: specifically experience using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.

  • Dependable, punctual, comfortable working both independently and as part of a team.

  • Respectful and maintain confidentiality of our members and customers.

  • On the day of the plant sale be prepared to work outdoors, all-day long, be on your feet, and some lifting may be required. This is an optional requirement, if you are not comfortable with this, let us know and alternate arrangements can be made.

Training

  • Your orientation will include training on Shopify.

  • You will learn native plant identification when you assist with setting up the pick-up day.

Setting

  • Primarily office work, with a couple of days outdoors leading up to and on day of the Plant Sale.

Location

  • The FVC Office, your home, and West Abbotsford pick-up location.

Commitment/Length/Timing

  • Between September 1st – October 11th – approximately 2 hours per week, these hours can be completed over multiple days each week according to your schedule.

  • Plant sale pick-up date: October 2nd from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.


To volunteer, email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com a paragraph on how your skills meet our needs and why you would like to volunteer with us.

This opportunity will be open until we find a suitable volunteer.

Thank you for your interest in our fall plant sale volunteer opportunity!

Volunteer: Toadlet Fencing 2021

To sign up, email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

Reminder that sign up is mandatory so we can better plan for the day!

The Job

  • The tadpoles are getting closer to metamorphosing into tiny toadlets, and soon will be making their annual mass migration to the surrounding forest. Come out and help us install silt fencing in a hay field. We will be hammering stakes into the ground and laying down garden hose to make sure the little toadlets can’t sneak their way underneath. 

Why it’s Helpful

  • Thousands of toad tadpoles are growing into toadlets and soon it’ll be time for them to migrate to the forest on the other side of the road. You will be helping them to do this safely! Installing the toadlet fence will ensure that they get to their tunnel under the road!  

Responsibilities

  • Construct and install the toadlet fencing.

Requirements

  • Must be prepared to work in hot conditions with no shade.

  • Hammering wooden and metal stakes into the ground, and using a staple gun to secure the fence, in a hay field will be required.

  • Must navigate uneven ground, and climb over fencing.

  • Need work gloves, sturdy shoes (hiking boots recommended), and dress for the weather (hats, sunscreen etc.)

Safety

  • Masks are required.

Training

  • Fence installation training provided on site.

Setting

  • Outdoors, hay field, along road ways

Location

  • Ryder Lake/Chilliwack – details to be emailed pre-event. Having a vehicle to get to the area is a requirement.

Commitment/Length/Timing

  • Last day to register is Tuesday, June 29th at Noon. Please email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com to sign up.

  • Event Date: Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am (UPDATED TIME)

ICE CREAM will be provided for everyone who helps out!


To sign up, email alex@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

Thank you for your interest in our toadlet fencing volunteer opportunity!

Are you hearing frogs? If so, we want to know!

Spring is just around the corner and the wildlife in the valley know it!

After what seemed like endless months of rain, we are now waking up to crisp sunny air that is filled with bird songs that have been absent all winter. Every day more birds arrive in their quest to find a mate and set up their summer homes.
And if you live near a wetland you may be lucky enough to hear the distinctive rib-bits of the Northern Pacific Treefrog in the evenings. These tiny frogs use their big voices to attract females to their patch of water. Click on the recording below by Michael F. Benard.
And if you are driving on a rainy night near wetlands keep an eye out for the adult frogs, toads and salamanders crossing the roads to get to their breeding ponds.

Photo credit: Sean McCann

We at the FVC are worried about how many people have commented to us that they used to hear the treefrogs, but don’t anymore. The wetlands have been vanishing from our valley landscape and the number of treefrogs seem to be following this trend as well. Hence we have launched our Frog Finder Program to find the important areas where they are still breeding and to ensure their habitat is conserved.

Help us, help them, by becoming a Frog Finder!

Click on the image above to go to the official page.

 

 

Help us prep for Toadlet migration 2019!

It’s time for the Toadlet fencing work party – Monday June 24th, 2019

It takes a small army to help us install temporary fencing to direct the toadlets to their tunnel! 

The tadpoles are getting closer to metamorphosing into tiny toadlets, and soon will be making their annual mass migration to the surrounding forest.

We need your help to make sure they get there safely!

You can help us install silt fencing in a hay field by hammering stakes into the ground and laying down hosing, to ensure the little toadlets can’t sneak their way underneath.

The most challenging part of this work is navigating over the uneven ground, climbing over fences, and working in a hay field with no shade. Volunteers must be prepared to work in hot conditions (please bring a water bottle) and will need work gloves and good footwear (hiking boots recommended).

Location: Meeting in east Chilliwack to carpool to the site, details will be confirmed via email when you sign-up
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 2:00 pm

As always, PIZZA LUNCH will be provided for everyone who helps out!

Please note: The FVC requires volunteers to sign up for this event in advance. We need to ensure we have enough supplies, and that you have accurate directions as there is no cell service at this location.

Please e-mail or call 604-625-0066 if you have any questions

Sign Up to Be an Amphibian Road Survey Volunteer!

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Sign Up to Help Monitor the Toads at Ryder Lake! 

As soon as the weather warms up, many of our frogs, toads, and salamanders will emerge from their winter brumination (the amphibian version of ‘hibernation’) and start their trek to their breeding pond. If you enjoy cold walks on rainy nights and you would like to learn how to identify the different amphibians crossing the road, we could use your help!
Every year, we create a contact list of volunteers interested in helping with these amphibian surveys. Would you like to be added to the 2019 list?

 

Photo by: Sean McCann

 

We’re looking for volunteers to help with evening amphibian surveys as a component of our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project.

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WHAT TO EXPECT
Volunteers will assist with counting live and dead amphibians along a stretch of Ryder Lake and Elk View roads in Chilliwack, BC. Data collected through these surveys is used to determine the effectiveness of our toad tunnel and associated fencing at reducing road mortality.
Volunteers must be prepared to walk 6 km in cold, dark and wet conditions while searching for amphibians along the road. Surveys will start after dark, and generally take 2-3 hours to complete depending on how many amphibians are out. Weather appropriate gear (rain jacket, rain pants, boots or waterproof shoes, gloves) is required.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Surveys cannot be scheduled in advance as they are dependent on having the ‘right’ weather conditions – we can only do these surveys in the rain when the amphibians are migrating. To handle this tricky scheduling, we keep a list of interested volunteers that we contact when it looks like the conditions will be good for a survey (i.e. wet). Sofi will email everyone on her registered volunteer list, requesting help for a specific date and time. The first volunteers who respond will be her helpers for that survey. Usually this e-mail is sent the day before or sometimes even the day of a survey night.

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To sign up for this interesting and challenging experience, please e-mail Sofi@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com to be added to the 2019 volunteer contact list.
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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send Sofi an email at: Sofi@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com, or call the office at 604-625-0066.

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Help Restore a Wetland!

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Join Us for Wetland Planting at ​Gordon’s Brook
on Wednesday, October 10th!

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Once a fallow agricultural field that was too wet to be farmed, Gordon’s Brook Wetland  is being restored  o an shallow, open water marsh. Help us restore this amazing wetland, and learn how this site provides  important habitat for species at risk!​.

We need your help to add some plants to our new wetland!

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We’re looking for energetic volunteers to help us plant native wetland plants in this final phase of the Gordon’s Brook restoration project.

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Event Details

Location: Gordon’s Brook, Aldergrove – details confirmed via email when you email us to sign-up
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018. RAIN OR SHINE.
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come prepared to spend the day outside & get a little dirty!

  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing
  • Wear sturdy footwear (rubber boots strongly recommended)
  • Bring plenty of water
  • All tools will be provided by the FVC
PIZZA LUNCH will be provided for everyone who helps out!

To sign up for this event, please send us an email!

Clean-Up and Planting at Windebank Creek!

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You’re invited to a Volunteer Work Party at Windebank Creek
on Saturday, October 6th!

Windebank Creek is a salmon-bearing creek that runs through a FVC conservation property in Mission, BC. We’re looking for energetic volunteers to help us plant treesclean up the creek in preparation for the fall salmon return!
Learn about the history of Windebank creek, enjoy a talk from a fisheries expert, and make a difference for the salmon that depend on it!
This event is run in collaboration with the Mission Environmental Stewardship Society.

Event Details
Location: Windebank Creek Conservation Property, Mission, BC.
As usual, we will meeting at: the dead end at the west end of Logan Street in Mission 
(follow signs for “Embers BBQ House”, and you will find the gate to our property which lies below the mall that is on the Northeast corner of Lougheed and Cedar Connector)
Date: Saturday, October 6th. RAIN OR SHINE.
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Get ready to clip blackberry, plant trees, and remove garbage! To be prepared, you should:
  • Wear weather and temperature appropriate clothing
  • Wear sturdy footwear (rubber boots recommended)
  • Bring plenty of water
*All tools will be provided by the FVC
LUNCH will be provided for everyone who helps out!

If you can confirm you will be attending  that would be great! Send us a quick email to let us know so we have enough supplies on hand. Don’t know your schedule in advance? That’s fine too, just drop in on us – the more the merrier! Please feel free to forward this on to anyone else you think may be nterested.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail or call us at (604-625-0066).