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Healthy Environment Day

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



Amphibians and Reptiles of Miami River

Pacific Chorus frog

Western Toad

Red-legged Frog

Green Frog

Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Alligator Lizard

Rubber Boa (at Hot Springs Source)

Northwestern Garter Snake

Photo: Green Frog

Mammals of the Miami river

Mule Deer

Mountain Lion (cougar)


Striped Skunk

Short-tailed Weasel

American Mink

Northern River Otter

Common Raccoon

Harbor Seal

Black Bear


Black Rat

House Mouse

Vole sp.

Common Muskrat

American Beaver

Townsend’s Chipmunk

Eastern Grey Squirrel

Douglas’s Squirrel

Eastern Cottontail

Little Brown Myotis

Coast Mole

Trowbridge’s Shrew

The endanger Pacific Water Shrew is also present in the Miami but seldom seen.

Photo: Douglas Squirrel on Western Red Cedar trunk

Miami River Bird List

Species in Purple nested or brought young to feeder

  • Great Blue Heron

  • Turkey Vulture

  • Green Heron

  • Canada Goose 

  • Wood Duck

  • Green-winged Teal

  • Mallard

  • Blue-winged Teal

  • Cinnamon Teal

  • Northern Shoveler

  • Gadwall

  • American Wigeon

  • Lesser Scaup

  • Bufflehead

  • Hooded Merganser 

  • Common Merganser

  • Bald Eagle

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk

  • Cooper’s Hawk

  • Red-tailed Hawk

  • Merlin

  • Northern Bobwhite 

  • American Coot

  • Spotted Sandpiper

  • Killdeer

  • Greater Yellowlegs

  • Wilson’s Snipe

  • Band-tailed Pigeon

  • Mourning Dove

  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

  • Great Horned Owl

  • Barred Owl

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl

  • Common Nighthawk

  • Black Swift

  • Vaux’s Swift 

  • Rufous Hummingbird 

  • Belted Kingfisher

  • Northern Flicker

  • Pileated Woodpecker

  • Red-breasted Sapsucker

  • Downy Woodpecker

  • Hairy Woodpecker

  • Western Wood-Peewee

  • Willow Flycatcher

  • Warbling Vireo

  • Red-eyed  Vireo 

  • Steller’s Jay 

  • Common Raven 

  • Northwestern Crow 

  • Barn Swallow 

  • Violet-green Swallow

  • Tree Swallow

  • 103 species and counting

  • Black-capped Chickadee 

  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee

  • American Dipper

  • Bushtit 

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch

  • Brown Creeper

  • Pacific Wren

  • Bewick’s Wren

  • American Robin 

  • Varied Thrush

  • Townsend’s Solitaire

  • Swainson’s Thrush 

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet

  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  • European Starling 

  • Orange-crowned Warbler

  • Nashville Warbler

  • Yellow Warbler

  • Townsend’s Warbler

  • Black-throated Gray warbler

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

  • American Redstart

  • MacGillivray’s Warbler

  • Wilson’s Warbler

  • Western Tanager

  • Black-headed Grosbeak 

  • Spotted Towhee

  • American Tree Sparrow

  • Chipping Sparrow

  • Savannah Sparrow

  • Fox Sparrow

  • Song Sparrow 

  • Lincoln’s Sparrow

  • White-throated Sparrow

  • Golden-crowned Sparrow

  • White-crowned Sparrow 

  • Dark-eyed Junco 

  • Red-winged Blackbird 

  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

  • Brewer’s Blackbird 

  • Brown-headed Cowbird

  • Northern Oriole (Bullock’s) 

  • Purple Finch

  • House Finch 

  • Common Redpoll

  • Hoary Redpoll

  • Pine Siskin

  • American Goldfinch

  • Evening Grosbeak

  • House Sparrow

Photo: Hairy Woodpecker

Common Native Plants for Riparian Areas

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2016

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.

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Walk & Weed




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 @ 9 AM summer months and 10 AM other months. Tools, Vests and Gloves Provided. Everyone welcome.

Call 604-796-9182 for information.