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Healthy Environment Day 2016

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

Mammals of the Miami river

Mule Deer

Mountain Lion (cougar)

Bobcat

Striped Skunk

Short-tailed Weasel

American Mink

Northern River Otter

Common Raccoon

Harbor Seal

Black Bear

Coyote

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

Photo: Hairy Woodpecker

  • 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
  • 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

Common Native Plants for Riparian Areas

Walk & Weed

EVERY MONDAY AT  9 AM

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 in summer and 10 AM in winter.  Meet on the back porch. Tools, Vests, Gloves and plant identification provided.  Everyone welcome.

Questions?  Email miamiriverstreamkeepers@gmail.com.

 

 

Director’s Report 2015

October 23, 2015
Annual Report
The Miami River Streamkeepers have enjoyed a successful and satisfying year since our last AGM held October 4, 2014. Our Society continues to operate within the framework defined in 2012 when we registered our organization as a non-profit society.

Stewardship of the Miami River and its Riparian Area remains the primary focus of the Society. Weekly “Walk and Weed” activity along the Miami River Greenway allows group members to monitor the progress of shrubs, trees, and aquatics we have planted. Invasive or noxious plants are removed. Problems involving damage to the riparian area or suspected contamination by pollutants are monitored and reported as necessary.

Water Quality Testing is done quarterly at three different sites. When testing at one site showed a lowered Oxygen level, the concern was reported to our DFO (Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans) Community Advisor. He visited our site on June 18th to investigate further. The Oxygenation level returned to normal levels following a drop in the atmospheric temperature.

Public Planting.With funds obtained through successful application for a Pacific Salmon Foundation Program Community Grant our group held a Public Planting event on November 3, 2014. 792 plants were installed in designated areas along the riparian area of the Miami River. This was a collaborative effort and our group had the assistance of the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition Restoration Crew along with members of the public.

Public Education and Involvement is an important focus for our group. To that end we liaised with our local Elementary School in funding a Salmonids in the Classroom Program this year. Funding was provided through the Pacific Salmon Foundation Grant. Our group made several visits to the Grade 2-3 split class to monitor the progress of the project. In May the students and their teacher, with the Streamkeepers in attendance, released 42 Coho salmon fry into the Miami River. This was a very satisfying and successful venture.
 

The Society liaised with a local child care centre to allow interested children to assist us in Storm Drain Re-marking and in delivering educational packages to residences along Miami River Drive. Our group participated in several community events, setting up an educational & information display for visitors & local residents to review. Articles from our group are published regularly in our local newspaper. These provide education and awareness of upcoming events to community residents.

A series of Interpretive Signs were designed by our group members and, in collaboration with the Council of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, these were installed in designated locations along the Miami River Greenway. The signs have greatly enhanced community and visitor awareness of the Miami River, the Riparian Area, and factors important in promoting a healthy bio-diverse environment.

With the assistance of a local resident the MRSS has established a successful web-site which offers information and notification of events to the public.

Once again, our group hosted the local Shoreline Clean-up event at the end of September. We liaised with another community group this year (the Harrison Yacht Club) and had several members of the public attend the event.
A highlight for our group this year was a video of the group’s activities by Shaw TV’s “Go Fraser Valley” production crew. The producer accompanied group members on a “Walk and Weed” activity and interviewed several members. We were able to place links to the video on our new web site so visitors to the site have an opportunity to view it.

A hallmark of our small but dedicated group is our collaboration with numerous agencies and partners. We participate in the Salmon Stronghold Council planning meetings and set up an information booth at the yearly Fraser Valley Eagle & Salmon Festival. We attend the Earth Day educational event at a local church and have our educational booth there. The Invasive Plants Council for Fraser Valley assists us when there are large amounts of invasive plants requiring removal. This is done in conjunction with our local Council & grounds crew for Harrison Hot Springs.

We will be holding our AGM on November 14th, 2015. We look forward to exploring ideas and establishing goals for 2016. We have attracted a few new members to our group and will continue our efforts to interest others in participating.

 

Shaw TV Story

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Shaw TV’s “Go Fraser Valley” did a story on the Miami Streamkeepers Society on May 25, 2015. Thanks Jonathan!

PSF Grant 2014

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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM

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   Recipient:

Miami River Streamkeepers Society

           Grant Value:  $6532.00
        Project Value:  $29,857.00
               Start Date:  July 2014
                 End Date:  Spring 2015

Objectives Achieved:

  • Riparian Planting And Invasive Plant Removal: 1200 m2 of streamside native shrub planting
  • Install 3-Interpretive Signs: Aquatic Wildlife, Trail Map, Miami River Greenway Project Supporters
  • Promote Community Awareness Of Living Responsibly Near Riparian Areas: Storm drain marking / Door hangers with Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare
  • Salmonids in the Classroom: Harrison Elementary School to raise 50 Coho fry and release in Spring 2015
  • Monitoring: Survival of new native plantings / Quarterly Water Quality Survey
  • Public Participation:  Health & Wellness Fair / Earth  Day/ Know Your Garden / Canada Day Parade / Harrison Lagoon & Foreshore Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup / Public Planting

Salmonids in the classroom

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PSF 8c Salmonid Tank

The project was undertaken by the Grade 2 and 3 students at the end of January 2015. Miami River Streamkeepers received grant money from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help finance the project. Raising salmon in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are lined to these complex environments.

Salmon fry released into Miami River May 19th 2015. Read all about it: