Learn more about Native Plant Gardening from Jon!

 

As we had to postpone our Native Plant Gardening workshops for our Nature Stewardship School series this year, Jon thought he would share some of the content with you!

First he took us on a walk through a nearby forest to show us the plants in their natural environment:

 


He then talked about how you can incorporate native plants into your backyard:

 


And then he reviewed some examples of his favourite plants, including tips on where they grow best and what kind of food they provide:

 


And don’t forget if you want more details on other plants he doesn’t talk about check out the center page of our Gardening with Native Plants guide


We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

Support from a Community Gaming Grant helps us provide conservation ideas and activities to the communities of the Fraser Valley!

We’re hiring a project coordinator!

The Fraser Valley Conservancy is hiring for a brand-new position — researching the impacts of a recent bullfrog introduction into a sensitive ecosystem, and developing management options to ensure the persistence of biodiversity. This is a great opportunity to take ownership of a project and make your mark in the Fraser Valley’s conservation field.
See the below for more details.
Share this posting with the up-and-coming biologists in your life who are ready to take on a unique and exciting challenge in invasive species control and biodiversity management. Click here for a shareable pdf.
This project starts right around the corner, so don’t delay! Applications are due by midnight, Sunday, May 10th. Email Aleesha@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com with your resume and cover letter that clearly outlines how you meet the qualifications we are looking for below.

 

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.

 

 

The Native Plant Gardening Workshop comes to Chilliwack

Next up on in our Nature Stewardship Series…

Introduction to Native Plant Gardening in Chilliwack, April 18th

Back by popular demand and just in time to start planning your garden for 2020 — participate in this workshop to learn the basics of gardening for nature.
Join us Saturday, April 18th for this introductory workshop to learn how to garden with plants native to our area.
During this afternoon event in Chilliwack, you will learn about the many native plant options to choose from, as well as tips on how to successfully add them to your property. There will also be discussions on how to use native plants to help local wildlife. Part of the workshop will involve a walk through a demonstration garden.

 

 
Time:  Doors open at 1:00pm, event starts at 1:30, wrap up by 4:00pm
Location: Yarrow area, full location details will be provided upon registration
Admission: $5 per person
Advance registration is required as space is limited. Last year’s event sold out quickly!


Looking for a froggy field tech to join our team for a month…

**This posting is now closed. We are currently conducting interviews. Thank you for your interest! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and the Precious Frog page for more opportunities in the future**

It’s February and that means that frog breeding season is just around the corner. It also means that we need to temporarily expand our Precious Frog team to ensure we have enough eyes on the ground looking for egg masses laid by the endangered Oregon Spotted frog.

To be considered you must be available between February 24th and March 31st for a total of 20 days of work (exact days will be weather dependent). You must have a positive and eager attitude and thrive on spending cold wet days tromping around wetlands. You also must have excellent eyesight, observational skills and attention to detail. If this sounds like you read on…

Click here to submit your resume and cover letter outlining your frog finding skills.

Any budding biologists looking for a Spring Break amphibian adventure?

Calling all nature lovers and future biologists! It’s just about that time of year again – amphibian breeding season! The Fraser Valley Conservancy is looking for two Grade 11 – 12 students to spend one week of their spring break wading through wetlands to help recover the Oregon Spotted Frog. See the job posting below for details. Send your resume and cover letter to jon@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com by midnight Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Share with your friends! Download the pdf here. 

 

 

Nature Stewardship School Comes to Chilliwack!

Stewardship 101:

Learn the basics of how to be a Fraser Valley nature steward

Why not use the bonus day in this leap year to join us Saturday February 29th for this introductory skills workshop, the first step in our Nature Stewardship School learning experience.
During this fun and educational afternoon event in Chilliwack, you will learn the basics of how to identify local wildlife habitat, the species that live there, and top stewardship tips.
Participants are encouraged to bring any nature-related questions for discussion.

 
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Stewardship School arrives in Abbotsford!

Stewardship 101: Learn the basics of how to be a Fraser Valley nature steward

Join us Saturday January 25th for this introductory skills workshop, the first step in our Nature Stewardship School learning experience.
During this fun and educational afternoon event in Abbotsford, you will learn the basics of how to identify local wildlife habitat, the species that live there, and top stewardship tips.
Participants are encouraged to bring any nature-related questions for discussion.

 
Time:  Doors open at 1:30pm, event starts at 2:00pm, wrap up by 4:00pm
Location: Exhibition Park in Abbotsford, full location details will be provided upon registration
Admission: $5 per person
Advance registration is required as space is limited. Our first workshop in Mission filled up fast so don’t delay…

January’s course is being offered in Abbotsford, we will be hosting another one in Chilliwack in February.

 


This initiative is possible thanks to the financial support  from:
Vancity Community Partnership Program and the BC Community Gaming Grant

Stewardship 101 coming to Mission, December 4th!

This session of Stewardship 101 is now full – if you would like to be on the waiting list for any cancellations or the next event to be held in early 2020 please email us!

Stewardship 101: Learn the basics of how to be a Fraser Valley nature steward

Join us for this introductory skills workshop, the first step in our Nature Stewardship School learning experience. During this fun and educational evening event in Mission, you will learn the basics of how to identify local wildlife habitat, the species that live there, and top stewardship tips. Participants are encouraged to bring any nature-related questions for discussion.

This initial course is for the community of Mission, we will be hosting Stewardship 101 classes in Abbotsford and Chilliwack in early 2020.

Start Time:  Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7:00pm, wrap up by 9:00pm

Location: The Junction Shopping Centre in Mission, details will be provided upon registration.

Admission is $5 per person

Advance registration is required as space is limited