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July 31, 2021

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends!

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • July Bog Walk Highlights
  • Upcoming Park Ambassador Projects
  • Blog: 7 Toxic Plants in South Coast BC
  • Snap & Share Review
  • DRBIPA Recommends!
Bog Walk Highlights
We had a great time in the Langley Bog during our Members-Only Bog Walk this month. Every journey into the bog leads to learning new amazing things. It is such a special place! On this visit, we found bog loosestrife, a unique native plant species, and the beautiful sundew plant. We also happened upon battling pileated woodpeckers and so much more. 

The Langley Bog is a component of Derby Reach Regional Park but is closed off from public access for safety and preservation purposes. The Langley Bog contains approximately 70 acres of bog forest and 200 acres of mined bog, and two bog meadows. Bogs are very acidic environments, with pH levels below 4. This allows for unique low-nutrient plants to survive in this habitat, such as Labrador tea and sphagnum moss. Big thanks to our nature guide, Dr. David Clements, for some new information and great photos to share!
Park Ambassador Projects
Want to get involved with environmental conservation and stewardship projects in the parks? Sign up as a DRBIPA Park Ambassador HERE or tell a friend about the Park Association!
Upcoming projects for this fall include:
  • planting flowering perennials and assisting with the setup of our new pollinator garden
  • invasive species removal events throughout the parks
  • planting trees, shrubs, and flowering plants to expand the natural wildlife corridor we started working on last fall
  • water level monitoring opportunities with our bog research team
Park Ambassadors are the heart of what we do and why we are here. Community members taking action together in order to protect and preserve our beloved green spaces for current and future generations is so important. Thank you to all volunteers involved with DRBIPA and the work we do to foster stewardship of the land and education within the parks. 
7 Toxic Plants in South Coast BC

Our natural environment is so beautiful – but it can also be quite extreme and dangerous. Getting to know the types of toxic plants in our area is beneficial because not all noxious plants appear poisonous.

Many toxic plants do have medicinal properties but should never be ingested or used topically without the supervision of an expert. Poisonous plants are one of the many reasons it is not safe to depart from managed trails without a knowledgeable guide, the right attire, and an outdoor first aid kit. But they aren't always deep in the wilderness, toxic plants can also be found in ditches, meadows, less-managed trails, and wetlands.

With this in mind, CLICK HERE to read our latest DRBIPA blog post about 7 toxic plants to watch out for while exploring the Fraser Valley and BC’s south coast.

Snap & Share Review
Thanks to everyone who took part in our Regional Parks Snap & Share event this spring! If you want to check out all the observations you can still visit the iNaturalist project page HERE

In total, there were 6269 observations of 1032 species by 355 observers. Last year in the same time period there were 3069 observations of 694 species by 261 observers
  • + 3200 observations (or x2 more observations)
  • + 338 species (or 1.5x more species)
  • + 94 observers (1.3x more observers)
Observation highlights for iNaturalist users who were part of the project included the bronze holly fern, queen's veil mountain fern, and a coastal tailed frog. What other interesting observations are yet to be made in the parks? Join in on the iNaturalist observation fun with us to find out! 
DRBIPA Recommends!
Article: The genetic diversity of wild salmon – a product of geologic instability over millennia – is both deeply threatened and critical to their resilience in a changing climate. Read the full article written by Loys Maingon HERE.
Webinar: Managing Orchards & Vineyards for Climate Friendly Outcomes, offered by BC Food Web and UBC. Find out more HERE about this 3 part webinar series. 
Resources: In Canada, we have various classifications for areas that are protected. Learn about what each classification means HERE from Nature Canada. 
Community: Langley4Langley is back for the 2nd year! Langley4Langley is for anyone who wants to give back in Langley, BC by getting outdoors for a chance to win daily prizes from great local companies, all while fundraising for our local food bank together. 
Try the DRBIPA App
We invite you to try the DRBIPA App on your smartphone and share it with your friends. 

Google Play Store
Apple App Store

In partnership with Pacific Parklands Foundation, we were able to develop this app for Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association as a way for anyone to keep up with our educational nature videos, participate in online activities, check out our guided nature walk highlights, plus more. Let us know what you think about our nature app. We'd love your feedback! 
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DRBIPA c/o Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area Office
1558 - 200th Street  Langley, BC  V2Z 1W5

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