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BCIT News reports on BLPA Nest Box Program

On Sunday, January 21, a hardy group of volunteers braved the elements and headed out around Burnaby Lake for our annual nest box servicing. This year, BCIT News Journalism student Tanushree Pillai was there to capture the day`s activities.

Tanu also tweeted details of the process.

We still have more boxes around the Lake to service. Once all of them are completed, we hope to have results of our data collections by March 2018.

Thanks Tanushree for coming out and to our fantastic volunteers.




Nest Box Servicing 2018

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Help service the nest boxes around Burnaby Lake that provide homes for wood ducks, swallows, chickadees, and flying squirrels.  Collect valuable data that helps us to understand how these species are doing in our park as well as making any adjustments to increase nesting success.

It is important that you dress for the weather, and waterproof footwear is highly recommended.  We’ll provide the gloves, tools and snacks.

​Ages 8+

IMPORTANT:  Please keep an eye on our website or social media for any change of plans due to the weather. The forecast is for a similar winter so we may need to adjust due to conditions. You can also sign up with our volunteer coordinator at info@burnabylakepark.ca and get put on the list to receive any updates by email.

Did you know? 

Records show the first nest boxes put up by the BLPA’s predecessor, the Burnaby Outdoor Education Association, in 1974. Over the years, founding member Joe Sadowski has continually refined and improved the design of them so they suit our We(s)t Coast weather.

Best of all, you can click on this link to find our plans here to build your own nest box!


to everyone who came to the inaugural WILD ABOUT BURNABY LAKE! We hope you had a good time on your canoe tours, nature walks and weed pulls, as well as enjoy the exhibits from:

  • Bird Studies CanadaBLPA-WaBL-Thank_You_Visitors_&_Exhibitors
  • Burnaby Beekeepers Association
  • Catching the Spirit Youth Society
  • North Shore Black Bear Society
  • Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program
  • Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society
  • Pacific Parklands Foundation
  • Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Wild Life Rescue Association of BC
  • City of Burnaby Planning Department
  • Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
  • Burnaby Lake Park Association

This event was presented in conjunction with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and the City of Burnaby Planning Department with support from the TD Friends of the Environment Fund. Special thanks to Burnaby Lake Rowing Club and Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club who accommodated the voyageur canoes on Burnaby Lake and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Special Events, Interpreters and Operations staff for all your help with set up and take down.

Photos:  Suzanne Rushton Photography

Visitors and exhibitors! If you took any photos, we’d love to see them – please tag us @BurnabyLakePark on Twitter, Instagram or FacebookThank you!

If you would like to contact any of our exhibitors, please go to the event page where it will link you that organization’s website, Facebook page or contact details.