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May 31, 2022

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • BC Climate Adaptation Strategy News
  • 9 Surprising Backyard Bird Facts
  • Selecting Plants for Pollinators
  • UBC Forest Bathing Study
  • Derby Reach Regional Park Highlights
  • Volunteers Needed: Heritage Apple Day 2022
  • Lichen Monitoring at Derby Reach
  • DRBIPA Guided Nature Walks: June 4th, June 24th
BC Climate Adaption Strategy News
The B.C. government expects to release a climate adaptation strategy in the coming weeks, but it is unclear whether the plan will include elements that experts say are needed to make it effective. Read the full Vancouver Sun story HERE
9 Surprising Backyard Bird Facts 
Ducks Unlimited Canada presents...9 surprising facts about the birds outside your window. Find more information HERE
Selecting Plants for Pollinators
There are so many great resources for environmental sustainability in BC, Canada, and beyond. Here is a fantastic regional guide for farmers, land managers, and gardeners all about selecting pollinator plants in the lower mainland.
Made by Pollinator Partnership Canada and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Find a PDF copy of the guide HERE on the LEPS website.
UBC Forest Bathing Study
UBC Faculty of Forestry is recruiting participants 19+ who want to take part in slow-paced walks on barrier-free trails in Vancouver parks throughout the month of June. They will be studying the role of forests in promoting health and well-being. Parks to choose from: Jericho Park, Pacific Spirit Park, Stanley Park, and Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.

Find full details and registration HERE or contact the UBC Faculty of Forestry. 
Derby Reach Park Highlights
There are so many wonderful things to do at Derby Reach Regional Park. Keeping up with old traditions, trying new things, and making memories —there is something special about Derby Reach for all of us nature lovers. 

Highlight #2: Perfect Picnics

Did you know there are quite a few scenic river picnic spots at Derby Reach? Try the Heritage Area, Fort to Fort Trail, Edgewater Bar, and Muench Bar. Bring a picnic blanket and your favourite snacks to enjoy on a warm sunny day with a cool river breeze and the scent of flower blossoms in the air. Find a nice spot on the grass, use a picnic table, or book the Marpole Picnic Shelter at Edgewater Bar for large events. 

Please remember to pack out what you bring into the parks and avoid leaving any food waste behind. Park hours are currently 7AM - 9PM.
Volunteers Needed: HAD 2022

Are you or someone you know looking to get involved with local community events? Our DRBIPA planning committee has started preparation for our annual Heritage Apple Day celebration! Happening again in-person this year, Saturday, October 1, 2022. Do you or someone you know want to volunteer on event day? 

Heritage Apple Day celebrates the knowledge of heritage apples and the unique role of apples, crab apples, and orchards from centuries past in the area now known as Fort Langley. It is a fun family-friendly event for the community and apple lovers from all over. This festival event would not be possible without community involvement and some amazing volunteers.

Volunteer roles include setup, takedown, and tending event stations, such as the apple cutting tent for heritage apple sampling. It is a fun day outside on the river, connecting with community members, learning new things from presenters, and enjoying some entertainment together. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to volunteer for Heritage Apple Day 2022.  

Lichen Monitoring at Derby Reach
Did you know lichens provide nesting material for hummingbirds and other birds. Plus, they are a food source for deer and some types are survival food for humans, too. Lichens are a great indicator of air quality; and they can grow on a variety of things, including rocks, trees, soil, and more.

DRBIPA will be spending some time monitoring lichen at Derby Reach. Want to join our volunteer citizen science monitoring team? Get in touch with us anytime! Find more information about volunteering with DRBIPA HERE
DRBIPA Guided Nature Walks

Only 2 spots left! Join us for a 2 hour bird call identification and nature walk at Brae Island Regional Park to look and listen for which of our feathered friends have returned this year.

Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 8:00am-10:00am | REGISTER HERE

10 spots open. Join us for a 90 minute evening plant ecology walk along Tavistock Trail as we explore the impact and potential of invasive plants. 

Friday, June 24, 2022 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | REGISTER HERE

Copyright © 2022 DRBIPA, all rights reserved.

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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