Monday August 1, 2016 Harrison Plaza 11 AM to 3 PM
The Miami River Streamkeepers Society and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs hosted a Healthy Environment Day on Monday, August 1st, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM in the Harrison Lake Plaza.
Harrison Hot Springs boasts more than its share of beautiful natural areas with lake, forest and river environments. Through the work of the Village, local businesses and volunteer environmental groups Harrison Hot Springs has groomed trails, maintained riparian strips and interpretive signs. No less than 3000 trees and shrubs have been installed along the river since 2006.
Keeping this environment healthy is challenging. Invasive species, high public use, domestic pets, garbage and green waste dumping all take their toll.
People were intrigued by the live turtles at the Western Painted Turtle Recovery Project booth.There was also much interest in the WildSafeBC bear hide, Miami River Streamkeepers Society’s invasive plant bouquet, the South Coast Conservation’s species at risk puzzles and Birch Grove’s native plant display. The photos show the turtle booth and Tiffany Knight with plants grown at her local Birch Grove Nursery on Striker’s Crescent, Agassiz.
Tiffany Knight of Birch Grove Nursery showed the public the beautiful choices native riparian plants offer. After the event, Birch Grove gifted the plants to the other exhibitors and, by free draw, to six members of the public.
Mike Pearson, a member of the MRSS, lead two public nature walks of the Greenway that were enjoyed by a dozen participants.
Both the Village and the Streamkeepers say “thank you” to all the exhibitors
Rubber Boa (at Hot Springs Source)
Photo: Green Frog
Mountain Lion (cougar)
Northern River Otter
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Little Brown Myotis
The endanger Pacific Water Shrew is also present in the Miami but seldom seen.
Photo: Douglas Squirrel on Western Red Cedar trunk
|Species in Purple nested or brought young to feeder
Photo: Hairy Woodpecker
CANCELLED Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 Harrison Lake Plaza 10 a.m. to noon.
The Miami River Streamkeepers Society regrets they are unable to host the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup this year due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to be back in 2017.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a grassroots direct action conservation program supported by the Vancouver Aquarium that takes place all across Canada during the month of September. It is a participant-driven event whereby volunteers, such as our group, register to coordinate shoreline clean-up events in their local community. For more information on this national initiative, please visit the program website at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.
MRSS work weekly on the Greenway section of the river. We target specific areas monitoring native plants and removing invasive plants. We meet Mondays (weather permitting/ not holiday Mondays) at 327 Miami River Drive @ 10 AM. Tools, Vests and Gloves Provided. Everyone welcome.