What’s the Deal with Bullfrogs?

Bullfrogs are not a native species in the Fraser Valley. Native creatures evolved here together to create a functional ecosystem. Non-native species brought to this area can wreak havoc on our natural systems if they grow and spread out of control, becoming invasive species. The American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is an invasive species due to its negative impacts on local wildlife, its capacity to spread, and its ability to easily establish itself in new areas.
Check out this document for answers to the most common questions we are asked about Bullfrogs.

Here are the most important things you need to know:

  • Bullfrog is NOT the same as “large frog”. We have large species of frogs native to the Fraser Valley such as the Western Toad. Learn how to identify frogs here.

  • Bullfrogs often spread to new areas because of humans. NEVER move amphibian eggs, tadpoles, or adults from one pond to another!

  • Bullfrogs are common in some areas of the Fraser Valley. Once they are established they are incredibly difficult to remove. The best thing you can do to help our native creatures is to improve the habitats where they live. Want to learn how to improve your property for wildlife? Get in touch with us!

  • If you find Bullfrogs, do NOT engage in lethal control before consulting with a specialist. Submit photos of the suspected Bullfrogs and read our landowner’s guide to bullfrog management.



  • Still want to learn more? Listen to Aleesha’s informative interview with CKNW…


  • Are you interested in learning about what the Fraser Valley Conservancy is doing about Bullfrogs in Ryder Lake? Hop on over this way.

2015 Overview

Not nearly as interesting as photos of amphibians or our staff doing cool stuff, but important never the less!

Below are links to our 2015 financial statements and the year in review presentation from our AGM last month. It was another successful year of the FVC – working with our amazing partners, funders and volunteers in our continued efforts to protect the biodiversity of the Fraser Valley. New for 2016, we once again have a formal office space in Mission. We are in the office most days, if you plan to stop by, please call first to ensure someone is there, and we aren’t out helping toads or counting snails!

2015 Financial Statements

2015 Year in Review Presentation


FVC AGM Tuesday February 16th, 2016!

In an effort to avoid having to take care of society business during the busy summer field season, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) much earlier this year (February 16th). If you are interested in volunteering for a position on our board please email us, the board nominating committee will be meeting on January 26th and will be considering applications at that time.

Annual General Meeting

February 16, 2016 7:30 pm
33179 2nd Avenue, Mission BC
Join us at our Mission office to hear and see
what we’ve been up to this past year!
  • We will present information on the projects we have been working on this year.
  • You can meet the FVC staff, Directors, and members.
  • Participate in society business including election of board members.
  • Annual $10 membership fee will be collected at the door, guests are also welcome.

Meet and greet starts at 7:00 pm and the AGM will commence at 7:30 pm.


AGM June 16th! Come out and hear about the conservation work being done in your community…


Annual General Meeting

June 16th, 2015 7:00 pm 33167 2nd Avenue, Mission BC

Join us at our new office space to hear and see what we’ve been up to this past year!

  • Be inspired by a presentation from Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of the Nature Trust of BC, as he shares with us his vision for land trusts
  • See presentations on projects we have been working on
  • Meet the FVC staff, Directors, and members
  • Ask questions and make suggestions

Light snacks will be served during a meet and greet starting at 6:30, meeting commences at 7:00pm

If you have any questions feel free to phone the office (604-625-0066) or e-mail joanne@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

A successful river clean-up day, thanks to volunteers!

The second Chilliwack Vedder River Clean-up Day of the year (hosted by the Chilliwack Vedder River Clean-up Society) proved to be a huge success this morning! Our staff and volunteers removed two full bags of garbage, as well as larger debris from the banks of our adopted section of the river to help keep it sparkling clean. We also spotted a few interesting native species along the way, such as a Pacific Sideband snail and an adult Northern Red-legged frog!

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BC Swallow Conservation Project

FVC Students Jess and Meagan completed a barn swallow nest site survey here at the office property donated by Edenvale. They plan to continually monitor the active nests for eggs, number of fledglings and possible disturbances. If you have barn swallows on your property, you are encouraged to contribute to this project by completing your own survey! For more information please visit www.bcswallowconservationproject.wordpress.com.



Get to Know Your Neighbours in Nature!

Ever wonder what that mysterious critter visiting your yard might have been? Do you share your property with an unusual looking frog, owl or shrew? Are you interested in making your backyard an appealing refuge for local wildlife and using native plants to minimize maintenance? If you happen to live adjacent to a forest, wetland or creek, there is now a unique chance for you to learn how to become a nature steward. Continue reading

Small actions adding up result in a $5,000 donation to FVC!

BC Hydro’s Power Smart Cube was at the West Coast Women’s Show at Tradex at the end of October. Every person that participated in making positive power smart decisions resulted in a donation from BC Hydro. We were very excited to receive a cheque for 5,000 dollars this week, which will go long way in helping with some of our wetland restoration projects coming up in the summer!