Baikie Island Restoration Day
September 30th, 2016, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Campbell River Estuary (Campbell River), British Columbia
Come help us force the Yellow Flag Iris raise its white flag! A pretty ornamental plant it is, but when Yellow Flag Iris escapes from gardens, it can become an ecological nightmare – growing into thick colonies, clogging wetlands, and dramatically altering habitats. Each year Greenways Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy of Canada work to stop the spread of this invasive species from the Baikie Island Nature Reserve in the Campbell River Estuary. These restoration efforts have been highly successful, and today the Reserve is a world-renowned example of how swiftly a landscape can be shepherded back to health.
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In the heart of Campbell River, this 21 hectare (52 ac.) property was once an industrialized logging site; today, thriving salt marshes, temperate forests and a clean, freshwater river can be found here. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the great blue heron, all five salmon species (Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink) and the endangered marbled murrelet. Encompassing the Baikie Island Nature Reserve and the Ocean Blue conservation area, this restoration project is the result of NCC and its partners.
What you will be doing
Volunteers will band together to remove as much of the invasive Yellow Flag Iris as possible with gloves and hand-tools, creating the space for native grasses and plants to thrive.Why you will love it
Volunteers will have the opportunity to play a large role in preserving this important natural area - one that supports many birds, wildlife, and salmon species. Volunteers will also get to learn about the native habitats we are trying to recover through these ongoing restoration plans. Come on out, meet some new faces, and get your hands dirty - all in the name of conservation!Questions?
Contact Melanie Kuzyk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation. Head to the parking lot at the end of Robinson Road and follow the signs to the Baikie Island Nature Reserve from there!
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Gum boots
(prepare to get a bit muddy!)
Weather appropriate clothing
(e.g. rain jacket and pants)
- Work gloves, if you have