Ready for the scariest story you’ll hear all year? Well, it’s the scariest for us, at least.
Which story are we talking about? The one where we picture our Regional Parks without the support of our donors, of course!
We’re telling you – the picture is grim, indeed.
Consider for a moment the amount of work and conservation effort that goes in to preserving and enhancing park ecosystems and habitats. Without the consistent volunteer efforts and the generosity of donors, our parks would be left without any back-up.
Now that is a scary thought.
Without our protection, our parks become overrun with invasive species that eliminate native plants and endanger the habitats of park critters. Once that balance is disrupted, we’re back to square one.
Without our protection , our parks become overrun by development. No more green space, no more outdoor community events, and all of those lost habitats result in dwindling animal numbers.
Besides our own selfish reasons for loving the parks – outdoor activities, fresh air, and beautiful sunsets – there are other considerations.
Without our parks, were would all the bats and spiders go? And the snakes and toads?
Did you know that British Columbia is home to 16 of the 19 bat species present in Canada? These bats often make their homes in forests and grasslands and prefer to be near fresh water and trees. Sound familiar?
And for those of you who love birds?
Our very own Boundary Bay Regional Park is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area! The Pacific Flyway Migration Route – a major bird migration route that spans from the North Slope of Alaska to Central and South America – stops right along this gorgeous Regional Park.
We don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but without our parks you can forget those binoculars at home.
This story has a Happy Ending!
Pacific Parklands Foundation’s strong relationships with other organizations, such as Metro Vancouver, allow us to invest the time and effort we need to into our parks so as to avoid a very scary possible future where our Regional Parks don’t exist.
We also have you, our park visitors and our Park Champions!
You can also love our parks, by showing it! Visit with nature and our park critters by attending any event. In fact, one is coming right up!
Curious By Nature: Superhero Salmon (Maple Ridge)
Just in time for Halloween, visit the super hero salmon at Kanaka Creek! There will be pop-up nature stations where you can learn from experts about the heroic journey of salmon returning home to spawn!
When: October 30 & November 6, 2016
Time: 11am – 3pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Finally, a special thank you to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for their financial support of the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Center! They are definitely Superheroes to us – along with the salmon, of course!