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January 21, 2022

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends. We are wishing a happy and hopeful new year to all!

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • 2022 DRBIPA Membership Information
  • Feb 24th: Annual General Meeting
  • 2021 Volunteer Celebrations
  • Invasive Species Mapping Team
  • Feb 26th: Fort Langley Bird Count
  • FAQ: How Do Hummingbirds Survive Winter?
2022 DRBIPA Membership
The $10 annual membership fee has been waived for 2022 due to our continued pandemic response measures. We thank all our Members for their commitment and involvement and we look forward to hosting future Members-Only events. 

2021 Memberships will automatically be carried over into 2022. 2021 Members wishing to withdraw must submit their resignation to DRBIPA via email or mail. For anyone interested in becoming a new DRBIPA Member, please review the Membership Enrolment Form HERE and return your completed copy. 

Please note that to be eligible for a Board of Directors position or to ensure your Member voting rights at our AGM, your DRBIPA Membership needs to be in good standing. This means your Membership needs to be active for at least 30 days before the AGM. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please apply by February 7th. We're happy to answer any questions you may have, get in touch with us anytime. 
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting preparation is under way and we hope you can make it!
Thursday, February 24th 7:00PM-8:45PM on Zoom

Members, volunteers, and supporters are invited to join us for our DRBIPA annual review, Regional Parks updates for Derby Reach and Brae Island, our Board of Directors election, plus an informative presentation about climate change and Watermelon Snow, with local biologist Lynne Quarmby. 

Please reply to this email if you'd like to register to attend the AGM or sign up HERE. The Zoom login link will be sent out to all those registered with an event reminder 2 days before the event. 
2021 Volunteer Celebrations

Throughout 2021 DRBIPA volunteers contributed over 1100 volunteer hours of service towards our mission of fostering stewardship of the land and education within the parks.

DRBIPA 2021 environmental conservation and restoration events included:

  • Planting native vegetation to build a wildlife corridor and a pollinator garden
  • Removal of invasive species such as ivy and scotch broom
  • Mapping of invasive holly
  • Building and maintaining living retaining walls
  • Bog habitat restoration projects
  • Heritage orchard maintenance
  • Tree swallow nest box monitoring
Thank you volunteers for all of your hard work, flexibility, and dedication to environmental conservation. It makes all the difference!
Invasive Species Mapping Team
Winter is a great time for invasive species mapping! Last winter we mapped invasive holly and this winter we're focusing on ivy, periwinkle, and lamium. 

Want to join our volunteer invasive species mapping team out on the trails of Derby Reach and Brae Island? Please get in touch with us to get involved. Mapping is a wonderful way to get outdoors and give back to nature. 

Next training session: February 12, 2022  | 9AM - 12PM
Fort Langley Bird Count
The Fort Langley Bird Count (FLBC) is returning! There are 6 routes to choose from at Derby Reach and Brae Island for a birding stroll. Full details can be found HERE
Saturday February 26, 2022  |  8AM - 12PM

The FLBC encourages participation from beginners and amateurs of all levels, young and old. Interested in taking part in the bird count with the Langley Field Naturalists or have any questions? Please send a note with Fort Langley Bird Count in the “subject” to Phil Henderson at
FAQ: How Do Hummingbirds Survive Winter?
Hummingbirds are tiny but mighty birds and the Anna's hummingbird is one of the few species to not migrate south for the winter. "But how do they survive these cold winter months?" we often get asked. 

Hummingbirds survive the colder months in part because they have a superb memory. This helps them remember where to find food sources of all kinds. They also have the ability to go into a state of torpor, a deep sleep in which an animal lowers its metabolic rate by as much as 95 percent. This helps these small birds conserve their energy overnight, giving them just enough energy to find needed nutrients throughout the day.  What amazing creatures!
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We acknowledge the land on which our work is done is the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Katzie, Kwantlen, and Semiahmoo First Nations. 

Our mailing address is:
DRBIPA c/o Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area Office
1558 - 200th Street  Langley, BC  V2Z 1W5

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