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September 30, 2021

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends!

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • Invitation: The Great Big Bog Restoration Cleanup
  • Volunteer Celebrations
  • EcoBlitz: Native Vegetation Planting Event
  • Upcoming Webinar: Fall Planting in the Garden
  • Minimizing Our Impact Outdoors
  • DRBIPA Members Recommend!
The Great Big Bog Restoration Cleanup
Help us clean up and restore the Langley bog - We need your help on November 5th, 6th or 7th! To sign up as a volunteer for the Great Big Bog Restoration Cleanup please email us at outreach@drbipa.org. Thank you for getting involved and taking action to save the bog with us! Find full details HERE.


The Langley Bog is a protected and restricted-access area for conservation reasons —  the park association has been approved for special 3 day access for this event. To complete necessary restoration and conservation work in the bog with community volunteers. DRBIPA Park Ambassadors, Members, supporters, and friends are welcome to attend. 

Huge thanks go to Pacific Parklands Foundation for funding the large debris bin rental and other supplies for this bog restoration cleanup event!

Volunteer Celebrations
Special thanks go out to the hardworking volunteers who spent time working on projects in the parks this September. We took part in invasive species removal events, a treeline trash cleanup along Allard Crescent, and completed habitat restoration area fence maintenance on Brae Island.
 
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. Thank you to all volunteers involved with DRBIPA and the work we do to foster stewardship of the land and education within the parks. 
EcoBlitz: Native Vegetation Planting

On October 30th we're planting at Derby Reach Regional Park! We are planting native vegetation to increase biodiversity in the park, enhance connectivity with a wildlife corridor, and provide vital habitat for wildlife in the park.

Saturday, October 30, 2021. 12:00pm-3:30pm

Volunteers will be helping to plant the new vegetation and also doing some light mulching that we can use to insulate the plants over winter.  Want to sign up as a volunteer planter? Just reply to this email to register for the event. Get full details on our website at www.drbipa.org/events.

Fall Planting in the Garden
Join us as we learn about what native species to plant in the fall in Langley, BC, and which invasives to avoid. With unique planting tips and insight from Alexandra Falconer, Garden Programs Coordinator at Langley Environmental Partners Society.

Tuesday, October 26th 7:00pm - 7:50pm on Zoom

Register and find full details HERE for this free event. 
Minimizing Our Impact Outdoors
As a friendly reminder, when out exploring in nature there are 3 easy ways to minimize our impact on the environment while respecting the wildlife and vegetation. 
  1. Never litter, even organics.
  2. Stay on marked trails and naturally made footpaths. 
  3. Leave all natural items in place, no matter how tempting it may be to move or remove.
DRBIPA Members Recommend!
Community: September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Go HERE to find ways to Recognize, Reflect, Commemorate from the Township of Langley. 

Community: Help document salmon returns with #SalmonSpawnWatch. Between late August and December, salmon are returning to their natal streams all across the province. You can help build a picture of what is happening with salmon around the province with just your phone and a social media account. Find out how to take part HERE

Article: By reducing forest floor temperature, invasive shrubs stifle native species. Read the full article by Jeff Mulhollem, Pennsylvania State University HERE

Article: B.C.'s Howe Sound designated a UNESCO biosphere region after years of lobbying. Find the full CBC article by Akshay Kulkarni HERE
 
Webinar: On September 16th, the Langley Field Naturalists hosted a webinar called Keeping the Legend Alive - Fraser River White Sturgeon. Find the recording HERE to learn about the amazing white sturgeon in the Fraser River and the incredible work the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society is doing to protect this giant fish
 
Resources: Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ is spoken by most First Nations along the lower areas of the Fraser River and is the local language of Kwantlen and Katzie. Learn some language games in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ with the help of Katzie language teachers, Deanna Miller and Carlyn Andres. Find the lessons online HERE via Langley Schools. 

Regional Parks: MVRP is hosting a webinar called Fun-G-I (Fun & Greatly Important). For ages 16+ on October 13th, 6:30-7:30pm$30 per household. Learn about the rotters that clean up decaying matter, thieves that steal from other living things and coordinators that create social networks of plants. Registration can be found HERE.
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