ArcGIS Field App – Call for Request for Proposals

The Fraser Valley Conservancy is seeking proposals from contractors to create an ArcGIS field data collection tool. This tool will include forms, maps, and shapefiles to be used by staff collecting data during environmental conservation projects across the Fraser Valley.

Check out the full request for proposal details here.

Closing Time: January 24th, 2022, before 8:30 am PST

For questions, or to submit your proposal, contact: Joanne Neilson Joanne@fraservalleyconservancy.ca

Christmas Trees for Frogs

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The Work

  • Our goal is to use the Christmas trees we collected to create frog breeding habitat! Believe it or not, frog breeding season is only a few short months away and you can help us ensure they have a place to lay their eggs in March.
  • We are looking for some energetic volunteers to help install the trees in the shoreline of a wetland at an ongoing habitat enhancement site on a private property.
  • Not only will you help make a difference for the frogs, you will also get an opportunity to learn about Northern Red-legged and Pacific Tree Frog habitat requirements and what they need to breed successfully.

Why it’s Helpful

  • The site is an artificially created wetland with banks that are too steep to support our usual native shoreline plants.
  • Northern Red-legged Frogs are a species at risk and need stable underwater structures to support their egg masses.
  • The used trees will be recycled in the most natural way possible — creating habitat features in the shoreline where frogs and other amphibians can safely attach their egg masses.

Responsibilities

  • Help inspect and sort donated trees.
  • Prune the trees to the ideal size to support frog egg masses.
  • Move and place trees to pre-set locations in the shoreline.
  • Install trees using ropes and sunken brick anchors.
  • Come with an open mind for learning!

Requirements

  • Be prepared to spend the time outdoors in or near water, RAIN OR SHINE.
  • Be prepared to prune used trees and install them in the wetland shoreline.
  • Can carry/move a tree.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing & sturdy footwear (rubber boots are recommended), see below.
  • Bring your own refillable water bottle or coffee mug.

Training/Equipment

  • Warm work clothes, rain gear, and work gloves. Chest or hip waders may be useful, if you have them.
  • Clean rubber boots that will be sanitized before you enter the water.
  • Pruning tools will be provided.
  • Tree pruning and installation training will be provided at the beginning of the day.

Safety

  • Bring your mask (mandatory) to wear for check-in, and when less than 2 meters apart from others.
  • Dress appropriately for wet, cold, weather.

Setting

  • Outdoors on a beautiful rural property.
  • There is no shelter, nor bathroom facilities on site.

Location

  • Private Property in Fort Langley BC. Address to follow once registered.

Commitment

  • Saturday, January 15th, 2022
  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • RAIN OR SHINE

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

Thank you for your interest in Christmas Trees for Frogs!

Announcing our New Climate Change Program!

Climate Change Close to Home: Bringing nature-based solutions to climate change to the Fraser Valley

What is the Close to Home Program?

The Close to Home program focuses on raising awareness and inspiring action on climate issues in the Fraser Valley. While climate change is a global issue, the actions we take here at home support healthy ecosystems locally and globally. We believe that everyone can have an impact in curbing climate change and some of the best tools we have are those provided by nature.

How Can I Participate in the Close to Home Program?

There are many ways you can participate in curbing climate change. At the FVC we are bringing attention to the nature-based solutions you can implement in your neighbourhood to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilient local ecosystems, and store carbon.

We are excited to continue to develop this new FVC program. Stay tuned for more climate change content and resources coming soon.

Program Sneak Peek!

Check out the picture below for a sneak peek at the Close to Home program page in development. Are you interested in learning more about how you can get involved? Email Laura today.

 

This program is funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund.

 

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!