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March 31, 2021

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends - we're wishing you all well as we head into warmer weather and sunny days ahead, finally!

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • DRBIPA App News
  • Wetlands Basics: Bog vs. Fen
  • Online Event May 7th at 7PM - Fish Community & Habitat Issues
  • Members-Only Access & Info
  • Blog Post: Today Was a Good Day Here on the Salmon River
  • DRBIPA Recommends!
We have been working on a DRBIPA App designed so you can keep up with our educational nature videos, participate in online activities such as a nature hunt or our parks poll, and check out our guided nature walk highlights for learning while out on the trails and in the parks.

The app will be free and available for download on Apple and Android app stores soon! We'll send out an announcement with more details when it is available and we would love your feedback, too. Stay tuned for more information to come and we hope you'll give it a try.
Wetlands Basics: Bog vs. Fen
Wetlands occur naturally all over the world! A wetland is a distinct ecosystem that is flooded by water above the soil, either permanently or seasonally. Wetlands are important natural infrastructure that play a role in water purification, water storage, processing of carbon and other nutrients, shoreline stabilization, plus the support of plants and animals. The 4 main types of wetlands include a bog, fen, swamp, or a marsh - with bogs and fens most often mixed up. 
A bog vs. a fen:
  • Bog - a bog is a mossy acidic wetland filled with partially decayed plant matter called peat. Bogs have low levels of oxygen in them because water doesn't flow in and out of them easily, the water mostly comes from rain that doesn't drain out. So organic matter breaks down slowly allowing for moss to thrive along with other plants and animals that can tolerate the high acidity, such as wild cranberries and beaver. 
  • Fen - a fen is like a bog because it will have peat deposits, but unlike bogs, some of their water comes from small streams and a steady source of groundwater. The main difference between a fen and a bog is that fens have greater water exchange and are less acidic, so their soil and water have more nutrients. Fens are often found near bogs and over time a fen can become a bog.
Although bogs and fens are similar types of wetlands and are both considered peatlands, the distinction is the source of their water supply.
Online Event: Fish Community & Habitat Issues

Join us online as we learn about our local fish community and habitat issues of Derby Reach, Fort Langley, and the Fraser Valley - with unique insight and wonderful photos by biologist Mike Pearson.

Thursday, May 6th | 7PM - 8:15PM on Zoom

Mike is a Registered Professional Biologist with 30 years of field experience. Find out more about Mike HERE or register for the event!

Please register for this event by Monday, May 3rd at the link above (or simply reply to this email and let us know you want to sign up). We'll send the Zoom login link information out to all registered attendees on Tuesday, May 4th, two days before the event.

Members-Only Access & Info
Be sure you are signed up as a DRBIPA Member or Park Ambassador to get special access to Members-Only guided nature walks and educational events in the parks. We'll send you invitations as these Member and Volunteer events come up throughout the year! 
Blog Post
The annual salmon run has begun. What? you say, I thought salmon ran into the rivers in the fall, when the rains begin here on the West Coast. Ah, that is true, for adult Coho and Chum salmon do come into the river in the fall moving far upstream to their spawning grounds on the Salmon River near Williams Park, or upstream as far as the Abbotsford/Langley border, the very headwaters of the Salmon River and its major tributary, the Coghlan Creek.

But the salmon that were seen running up into the Salmon River today were not adult salmon, but young salmon just starting out, called fry, about half the length of your little finger, 42 millimeters in length to be precise and they were not Coho salmon or Chum salmon but Chinook salmon the mightiest and most charismatic salmon of our Pacific Province...

Read the full blog post HERE - written by Matt Foy, Salmon River Enhancement Society Member, retired salmon biologist, and lifelong Langley resident.
DRBIPA Recommends!
Article: 'Nature therapy' program offered as a new medical prescription to Canadians. Find the CTV News story HERE

Webinar: The race to save the Arctic. In this webinar, hear from Elisabeth Kruger, WWF’s Manager for Arctic Wildlife, as she talks about her work to save iconic species like polar bears, bowhead whales, and narwhals in this majestic corner of the world.

Resources: Watch—and hear—the impact human noises have on marine life. Find the video HERE

Community: Rebuilding underway on Fraser River viewing platform in Fort Langley. Find the Aldergrove Star story by Dan Ferguson HERE.
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