They invest their time and effort
into Mother Nature.
CALL OF THE
Chilliwack Field Naturalists on a trip to Bontain Valley.
ou're out for a nature walk on Chilliwack's wildlife refuge along the
Hope Slough. A thick fog settles in over the sanctuary. You try not to
disturb the denizens while picking your way down through to areas
surrounded by dead trees and thick shrubs. You might be lucky enough to
spot a cormorant, a grebe, hawks, bald eagles or even a great blue heron
or two—which are synonymous with Chilliwack.
It's an entire ecosystem within a stone's throw of a major walking path.
The Hope River estuary is the crown jewel of Chilliwack with some of the
most diverse waterfowl in the Fraser Valley.
Feral cats prey on nests and then the birds are
forced to fan out to other locations. Eventually, there are fewer native
species where they ought to be.
The Chilliwackfieldnats—no they're not baseball team—are a very small
group of unsung heroes in love with the natural world.
They invest their time
and effort into Mother Nature. On weekends you'll find them out
mentoring youths and laying the foundations and legacies they'll hand
down to the next generation.
Among things they do is
look for invasive plant species that chew away at the native greenery
and other plants that shouldn't be there.
Decoys and playing bird call recordings can bring back some of the
indigenous birds, but just walking around the slough and its easy to see
that more needs to be done. More people need to become involved.
the Chilliwackfieldnats do in particular is share their
knowledge and demonstrate to the community that there's
a lot more to birding and naturalism than gumbo boots
When: 5 pm Tuesday March
Where: IHOP- 45466 Yale
Road West / Order from
Chilliwack Field Naturalists' AGM will follow the
For more information, email Fernando
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