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EcoBlitz 2017-1


Be a Champion for Native Plants!

Join the Burnaby Lake Park Association as we continue to restore the North Avalon Restoration Site. We are hosting a Weedbusters work party and will be planting native plants around a site where some fishing trails will be closed off. There will still be some Himalayan Blackberry and other invasive plants to remove as a last clean-up before planting.

Wear sturdy footwear and long sleeves and pants for protection from the thorns. Dress for the weather. We will provide tools and gloves

We’re planning for special post work party refreshments so please help us get organized by sending a quick RSVP’ to Ann at info@burnabylakepark.ca. Thank you!

Check here to see how to get to the park by transit or driving.Passport

If you haven’t already done it, pick up a Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 50th Anniversary passport. Visit some of the other Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and get the passport stamped to earn rewards and enter to win prizes.

If you are interested in bringing a group to help out or for more information, call 604-520-6442 or email the Burnaby Lake Park Association Volunteer Coordinator at info@burnabylakepark.ca. You can request to be added to the email list that gets sent out with confirmation of meeting locations and times, or if there are any weather related updates.

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Our next EcoBlitz event is Sunday, October 22, meeting at the Burnaby Lake Nature House.


Weedbusters 2017-8

Join us as we continue to make progress at the Piper Spit Riparian area. We will continue to remove any invasive plants that we missed earlier in the season and also spread mulch in preparation for planting at the EcoBlitz on October 22.

Come prepared for the weather and wear sturdy footwear as we will be working off the trails. Wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from the blackberry thorns. Gloves, tools, equipment and refreshments provided.

Join us! Ages 8+ Please drop us a quick reply at info@burnabylakepark.ca  to help us plan for refreshments.

Questions? Want to bring a group?
Contact Ann, our volunteer coordinator

ECOBLITZ -1, Sunday, October 15, 1-4 pm, Avalon Entrance
ECOBLITZ -2, Sunday, October 22, 1-4 pm, Nature House

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.