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May 31, 2021

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends!

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • Volunteer Celebrations
  • Hug A Tree, Feel Better
  • FAQ: What is Freshet?
  • DRBIPA Recommends!
  • Your Voice Matters
  • Try the DRBIPA App
Volunteer Celebrations
Special thanks go out to our dedicated Park Ambassador team members who supported our invasive species removal projects in the parks this May. We spent time on an invasive patch of periwinkle and ivy that is endangering some older second-growth trees at Derby Reach. We started working on this patch in May for Invasive Species Action Month but it will take some time to really eradicate it all.

Thank you so much volunteers for everything you do to take action for our parks and environmental conservation!
Hug A Tree, Feel Better
Did you know tree-hugging is a huge thing around the world? Research has shown that tree-hugging is an experience that can help make us feel healthier because it releases the hormones serotonin and dopamine - making most people feel happier and more at ease. It's all about the feeling that happens when we open up our hearts to nature. 

Tree-hugging Week has been celebrated in Finland since 2016 and has been spreading throughout the world ever since. A reminder of just how special and precious trees are to people and the land. It was celebrated last year with a championship competition between 10 countries and an online contest held worldwide. Yes, there are even different techniques and ways to hug a tree! The world’s second TreeHugging World Championships will be held in Lapland northern Finland on August 21, 2021.
FAQ: What is Freshet?
The river levels sure rose high this past week, didn't they? At DRBIPA, we commonly get asked "Is the river going to flood?" and "What is freshet anyway?". Most years from April to June there is risk of flood along the Lower Fraser, right here at home and in other regions as well. Two major floods of record include the largest in 1894 and the second largest in 1948. 

The term freshet is used to describe the thaw resulting from snow and ice melt from our mountains into the river's watersheds.  Freshet can last several weeks on large river systems such as the Fraser. If it gets too warm too quickly, the fast melting snow causes the river to swell. Though, catastrophic flooding
 usually depends on the weather because heavy rainfall during freshet increases the risk. 

This can cause worry for people who live, work, and play in the floodplains. But we can be thankful there is consistent preparation and research being done year-round, by groups involved with the Fraser Basin Council, to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin. Last year, above average flows were expected for 2021 so stay safe out there and please follow any posted warnings or restrictions while out in the parks during freshet.
DRBIPA Recommends!
Article: Peat compost to be banned – luckily, green alternatives are just as good for your garden. Find the full article by David Bek, Margi Lennartsson Turner, Coventry University, HERE

Webinar: Gain familiarity with local bird identification and how to collect regional data collection, while enjoying birdwatching. Basics of Birding Part 6: Crows and Ravens with naturalist Kevin Bell. June 3rd at 7pm. This free online event is hosted by Wild Bird Trust of BC.

Resources: Diversity by Design, offered by South Coast Conservation Program, is intended to fulfill an identified need for science-based guidance for stewards, land managers, and practitioners involved in habitat restoration and management activities that either directly target or indirectly affect species and ecological communities at risk on BC’s South Coast.

Community: Regional Parks Snap & Share Event: May 15 - June 13, 2021. Explore Metro Vancouver’s regional parks and pay attention to plants and wildlife you haven’t noticed before - then simply snap photos of what you discover and share your photos on iNaturalist. It’s a fun outdoor activity and iNaturalist is a great way to document your nature observations and share them with others!. Plus, you might be eligible to win some awesome prizes, check it out
Your Voice Matters

Join over 240,000 people from around the world who are calling for the protection of the last old-growth forests in B.C. by signing the Rainforest Rescue petition.

Rainforest Rescue is dedicated to rainforest conservation. Their petitions expose destructive projects and name the perpetrators. Please speak out to protect the world’s rainforests – your signature carries real weight!

Try the DRBIPA App

Android users can download the DRBIPA app on Google Play! We invite you to give it a try and share it with your friends. Stay tuned iOS users, it will also soon be available on the App Store, too - we'll keep you posted. 

Download it HERE on Google Play from your smartphone or tablet now and let us know what you think about our nature app. We'd love your feedback! Simply reply to this email to connect with us anytime. 

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. 

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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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