Join us for the FVC AGM – Tuesday, June 29th

This year has been filled with challenges for everyone but we are looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel. We invite you to join us for a virtual meeting via Zoom to learn what we have been up to thanks to your support!.

Our AGM will be held on June 29th at 7pm, for approximately one hour. Please access the meeting using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86456262101.

We will be presenting brief updates on projects, a president’s report, board elections, a review of our financials for 2020, and a sneak peek at our exciting plans for the future!

There will be time at the beginning of the meeting to ensure everyone is comfortable using Zoom. If you prefer to join by phone you can call 778 907 2071 and enter our meeting ID of 864 5626 2101 when prompted. However, we will be having a slide-show so watching online will be a much better experience.

We also have an open vacancy on our board of directors, so if you have life or business skills that you think can benefit our board, we would love to hear from you! More information about what sitting on our board entails can be found here: https://fraservalleyno.wpengine.com/board-of-directors/

Please ensure you renew your membership prior to the AGM so you are eligible to vote – your continued support is what makes our conservation work possible.

You can update your membership using this link: https://fraservalleyno.wpengine.com/membership-form/. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at board@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

We are all looking forward to seeing you on the 29th!

Sincerely,

Zoey Slater
President

Close to Home Project Coordinator

Another exciting opportunity is here! We’re hiring a project coordinator for a four-year position to build and deliver a brand new program connecting Fraser Valley communities to climate action. Check out the job posting details below, or download the pdf here.

Ready to apply? Email your resume and cover letter to Aleesha@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com. Applications are due by midnight, July 18th, 2021.

 

 

Spring Native Plant Sale 2021 is open for orders!

Spring is here and so is the Spring Plant Sale!

We have a wide selection of perennial native plants that will attract pollinators and birds to your garden this summer!

Click on the image below to visit our online store.Spring Plant Sale Shop Button

In our online shop you can read all about the plants’ characteristics and where they prefer to grow. You can select plants by the type of habitat you have and what you want your seasonal garden to look like.

The focus for this spring sale is on wildflowers and leafy perennials — but don’t fear, a comprehensive selection of shrubs and trees will be available during our fall plant sale later in the year.


Important Plant Sale Information:

  • All plants must be pre-ordered through the online shop, if you are experiencing challenges with the technology please call the office (604-625-0066) so we can help.

  • Your order will be ready for pick up at an outdoor location in West Abbotsford on Saturday, May 1st. When you place your order online you will select a one-hour pick-up time window and will be sent exact location details and instructions.

  • FVC staff and volunteers on site will be wearing masks and maintaining their distance for everyone’s safety. This means you will have to load your own plants into your vehicle. If you are unable to lift the plants yourself please bring a helper. There is no delivery service available for this sale.

  • Our COVID-19 safety protocol is in place for everyone’s safety, full details can be found here.

  • There is limited stock and popular items often sell out, orders are filled as they are received, so don’t delay!


The proceeds from this plant sale are used to restore and protect wild habitats in the Fraser Valley.

Thank you for supporting our work while you create a wonderful native plant garden!

Spring Plant Sale Shop Button

Do you have what it takes to be part of our Summer Conservation Crew 2021?

It’s that time of year again – we are looking for two keen, young, conservationists to join our team for the summer!

As a crew member you will help us maintain our conservation properties and assist with important projects like the toadlet migration.

To apply read through the qualifications and details below and submit your cover letter and resume to Jon@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com by midnight April 4th.

Click here to email your application to Jon

Nature Stewardship School: Frog Workshop 2021

Get Ready to Hop into Spring!

Sorry these workshops are now full.

If you want to learn more about frogs hop on over to our Frog Finders page.

Spring is just around the corner and that means our native amphibians in the Fraser Valley are getting ready to breed. You might hear them calling, see them migrating, or find their eggs in your pond.

The Nature Stewardship School proudly presents a new frog identification workshop! Click the image below to visit our Eventbrite page to register and receive the Zoom link. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email: outreach@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com

 

 

 

Wildlife in Winter

Did you miss our latest Nature Stewardship School online?

 

Click on the image below to watch and learn:

If you would like to receive e-mail notifications about upcoming Nature Stewardship School sessions sign up by clicking on the sign-up image below:

Bullfrog Project Year End Update – 2020

Figure 1 – A wetland in the Ryder Lake area

Bullfrogs in Ryder Lake

In the last few years, bullfrogs have been detected in the Ryder Lake area, leading to the creation of the Bullfrog Control and Biodiversity project that aims to protect native amphibians. In their native habitat (Eastern and Central North America) bullfrogs have natural predators that keep their numbers down. Outside of their native ranges, and when sufficient predators are not around, bullfrogs are an invasive predator that can cause serious harm to wetlands. They have voracious appetites and are “gape-limited” predators, meaning they eat anything that will fit in their mouths. This includes invertebrates, other frogs, turtles, snakes, birds and small mammals. The presence of bullfrogs could be disastrous for the native species that rely on these wetlands for part of their lifecycle. The wetland in Figure 1 is one of the largest waterbodies in the area and is one of the target locations of our bullfrog control efforts because it is an important breeding location for the at-risk Western Toad and Northern Red-Legged Frog (Figure 2), as well as four other native amphibians.

 

Figure 2 – Native amphibian species. Western Toad (left), Northern Red-legged Frog (Middle), Northern Pacific Treefrog (right).

Bullfrog Control

As the first official field season of the Fraser Valley Conservancy’s Bullfrog Control and Biodiversity Research project comes to a close, we can take the time to reflect on a great start to what is hopefully a very successful bullfrog control program. In the 2020 field season we successfully removed over 1400 bullfrogs from the Ryder Lake area and we plan to continue this momentum into 2021.

Figure 3 – A particularly dark bullfrog

In addition to targeting adult and juvenile bullfrogs we are always on the lookout for bullfrog egg masses, like the one in Figure 4. This year, we were able to successfully locate and remove 2 egg masses from the wetlands. Hopefully we didn’t miss any in the dense vegetation! When searching for bullfrog egg masses it is important to remain vigilant, as the bullfrog eggs can develop into tadpoles very quickly (only 4-5 days if the temperature is right) and each egg mass contains roughly 20,000 eggs! Luckily for us, bullfrogs breed later than our native species so their egg masses should be the only ones around in the summer months. Their egg masses are also large and obvious, so it makes detection a little easier.

Figure 4 – American Bullfrog egg mass. Photo Credit: Kendra Morgan

Biodiversity

While one goal of this project is to control the bullfrogs in the Ryder Lake area, we also aim to understand the impacts that these invasive predators have on wildlife and sensitive wetland ecosystems like our study area. Our project also involves creating a “biodiversity baseline”, which is a list of everything living in the wetlands. Though this is a daunting task, it is fundamental in helping us determine the potential impacts of bullfrogs. Below are just a few of the cool things we have found while conducting surveys this year.

Figure 5 – Shadow Darner (left), Bryozoan colony (middle) and Signal Crayfish (right).

Our biodiversity baseline is not complete, but year 1 biodiversity data collection efforts revealed over 50 species of vegetation, 55 species of invertebrates (including 1 crayfish and 1 bryozoan), 20 bird species, 15 mammal species (including 8 bat species), 2 reptile species (including the invasive Red-Eared Slider) and 7 amphibian species (including the invasive American Bullfrog and 2 species at risk). During our spring egg mass surveys, we target native amphibian egg masses and in 2020 we found: 139 Northwestern salamander, 4 Long-toed salamander, 51 Northern Red-Legged Frog, and hundreds of Northern Pacific treefrog.

 

Research

There are so many questions about bullfrogs that we still do not have answers for. Part of our future bullfrog research initiative will involve creating a network/partnership with other groups and research institutions to help us understand these creatures and their potential impacts. In 2020/2021 we started to investigate partnerships to focus on gut content analysis and frog limb deformity research using our captured and euthanized frogs, and we will continue to build these partnerships in the future.

 

In 2021 we plan to continue controlling bullfrogs and monitoring native amphibian species in the Ryder Lake area.

If you want to learn more about bullfrogs in the Fraser Valley click here.

 

We are grateful for the generous support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, landowners, and community members who are helping us to protect the Ryder Lake area. Thank you!

Special thanks to Grace and Steve, without whom this project would not be what it is today.