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Don’t Let It Loose! Be a Responsible Pet Owner

As a suitable follow up from #WorldTurtleDay yesterday and to highlight the population of endangered Painted Turtles who make Burnaby Lake Regional Park their home.

The Invasive Species Council of BC has proclaimed May  as Invasive Species Action Month.

While we usually think of invasive plants first, they also include animals and organisms that are not native to BC, and have serious impacts on our environment, economy and society. Invasive species can out-compete native species for food and space, damage ecosystems, disrupt food sources and introduce parasites and disease.  Some of the most serious invasive species were originally sold as pets or plants for water gardens and aquariums.

Most pets don’t survive in the wild – some die by being killed by predators or hit by cars, and others die of starvation. It is inhumane to release an animal into an environment it is not accustomed to. Releasing a pet into an unsuitable habitat is also considered animal cruelty and charges can be laid (BC SPCA).  However, several species have the ability to thrive and reproduce in their new environment.

The following exotic pet and plant species are commonly released into the wild, and have had serious impacts on BC’s native ecosystems and natural flora and fauna.

  • Red Eared Slider Turtles
  • European Rabbit
  • American Bullfrog
  • Koi Carp
  • Goldfish
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil
  • Parrot Feather
  • Brazilian Elodea

For example, the  Endangered Western Painted Turtle is a native Species at Risk within Burnaby Lake Regional Park and has faced many challenges with Red Eared Slider Turtles from pet shops that people have released into Burnaby Lake when they decide they no longer want their pet.  with which they compete.

Plants and animals should never be released into the wild: For information on actions to take visit www.bcinvasives.ca and www.bcinvasivesmonth.com.  Any sightings of these or other invasive species should be reported to the local invasive species committee.  Remember to sign the Don’t Let It Loose Commitment Form.

May Flowers at Last!

Rhododendron Festival Image 2017

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

Ecoblitz 2016 at NARS

BLPA-Annual Ecoblitz

Eco stewardship activities are happening across several Metro Vancouver Regional Parks during the week.

We are proceeding with the next step of a restoration and enhancement plan in an area called Lenson House. We were successful in receiving a $4000 grant from the George Ross Legacy  to purchase plants and trees and have the opportunity to re-plant in areas where we have spent previous work parties over the years removing invasive species.

Wear sturdy and waterproof footwear as we’ll be stepping off the trails, and dress appropriate for the weather conditions of the day. Gloves, tools, and snacks will all be provided, just bring your enthusiasm and industrious attitude!

By volunteering at this event, you will receive invitations to two special Metro Vancouver appreciation events:
• Sunday, October 23rd – EcoBlitz Wrap Up BBQ*
• Saturday, November 5th – Fall Parksfest*
A day of learning via workshops and speakers, and making connections with others who care about and support regional parks.
(*Not held at Burnaby Lake Regional Park)

This is a great opportunity for your local community group to come out and contribute to your local environment with others who care about the park. Scouts, Guides, Church, work groups – get in touch with us at info@BurnabyLakePark.ca.

If you can let us know if you can make it, it will help us with our planning for equipment and snacks.

3 ways you can RSVP:
– on the Facebook Event Page
– info@burnabylakepark.ca
or if you are a Meetup member, RSVP here