May Flowers at Last!

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It was long, weary winter and a very wet Spring so far. We’re hoping all those April showers are resulting in some gorgeous May flowers with more blue skies and warmer days ahead. We’ll be at the annual City of Burnaby Rhodofest on Sunday with information about invasive species, nest boxes and our activities at Burnaby Lake Regional Park. The forecast is for a sunny warm day – See you there!

Click on the link below for more details:

Burnaby Rhodofest 2017

Burnaby Board of Trade Eco-Hero

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In celebration of Earth Day (April 22nd), the Burnaby Board of Trade asked its members of their community to nominate Eco-Heroes in Burnaby. They celebrated their Pledge for a Sustainable Community heroes and others in the community who are working hard to make a difference to the environment and helping to create a sustainable Burnaby.

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RowingWe were so pleased to find out that one of our super volunteers, Dave Stafford, was nominated by the organizing committee of the National Rowing  Championships and Canada Cup regattas at the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion.  He’s a familiar face in the community for all the great work he does with them, as well as with the Burnaby Lake Park Association stewardship and outreach programs and the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC.

The organizing committee of the 2016 National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup Regattas at Burnaby Lake (from Rowing BC) were overwhelmed by how much of a positive impact Dave created by ensuring the waste captured at their event was handled extremely well as he helped individuals sort their garbage/recycling so that nothing ended up in the incorrect bin . His efforts enabled them to offer an exceptional event from all perspectives and because of it they believe those who participated were inspired and will take on similar initiatives at other regattas. There was significantly less waste collected after the regatta and this helped them set the ideal standard for years to come. Thanks for helping Dave, they say that they could not have done it without you!

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We would also like to congratulate our fellow Burnaby Environmental Stewards Nick Kvenich of the Eagle Creek Streamkeepers and John Templeton of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee for being recognized by the Burnaby Board of Trade.

To read about all of the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Eco Heroes, click here.

Bird Impact Reduction Day

Today is Bird Impact Reduction Day.  It is important to bring attention to this now as the birds are very active. Our friends at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC are tending to a steady influx of birds from window strikes (over 500 in 2016). They range from temporary shock to broken wings and keels (breast bones).

From Bird Studies Canada’s site, here it what to do if you find a bird that had impacted a window and is stunned or injured:

  • Gently place the bird in a paper bag or small cardboard box with air holes
  • Roll clean tissues or paper towels into a donut shape and place around the bird
  • Never feed the bird or give it water
  • Place in a quiet, dark, secure area
  • After an hour, take the box or bag to an area away from other buildings and windows, and release the bird
  • If the bird is unable to fly off or if there are visible signs of injury, contact Wildlife Rescue Association of BC at 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby, (604) 526-7275.

* Although handling birds poses very little risk to human health, wearing gloves is recommended.

To see what you can do around your home. there are many techniques available, from window treatments to the placement of feeders, that you can use to reduce the potential for bird collisions at your home,  Click below for the latest brochure to make your Home Safe for Birds.

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