PMES / PoMo / Rotary – R.I.P.S.

For several years now, PMES has worked together with the City of Port Moody and the Port Moody Rotary organisation to organise, coordinate and provide tools for a great community project to remove invasive plant species from the Noons Creek / Shoreline Park area.  It has been very successful and rewarding for those that volunteer their time.

In fact, in 2016, we had over 100 people come along to help make it a fantastic and effective event.  The large piles of invasive plants left over for the City to pick up when the day was complete, was very impressive!!

Some of the 2016 volunteer crew……….and the pile of invasive plants that were pulled!!

 

For 2017, we are hoping for an even bigger turnout and an even more effective result…….come along and help us keep the shoreline and parkland areas of Port Moody healthy and natural. Nothing spoils a leisurely walk along a trail than to see trees coated in strangling English Ivy, or having Lamium coat the floor of what should be native ground cover.  Let’s rid the area of these invasive pests!

This years R.I.P.S. (Remove Invasive Plant Species) event is being held on Saturday October 14th from 09:30am to 12:30pm – and as an added bonus, we will throw in a free BBQ lunch!  Can’t beat that!

No experience is needed…….just a willingness to ‘RIP‘ invasive plant species out of the ground.

To register, please email your first and last name to volunteer.environment@portmoody.ca

Tools and gloves will be available, but you may bring your own if you wish – just be sure to mark them clearly so you don’t lose them.

Please meet at the Noons Creek Salmon Hatchery around 09:15am, located to the right of the Port Moody Recreation Centre and Ice Hockey Rink. From the Hockey rink end of the Rec Centre, we are just over the Noons Creek footbridge and own the trail about 100 metres.  Here’s a Google Map to help locate:   https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.283767,-122.832342,356m/data=!3m1!1e3

We look forward to seeing many of you here on the 14th!!!!

Tip: Dress for the weather, wear long pants and sleeves, and bring your water bottle!

Project Update – Post Arrives!!!!

A huge milestone was reached on Thursday 9/28 when the large yellow cedar raw post arrived at the Noons Creek Hatchery.  The beautifully aromatic timber is sitting under the shelter at the front of the hatchery to be enjoyed by the public both visually and aromatically.

Our expert First Nations carver, James Harry will start carving from today (9/29), and will be here Tuesday through Saturdays from 10am to 3pm until finished.  The goal is to have it ready for final placement and opening ceremony in June of 2018.

James was the star of the unveiling of the post design last night at the hatchery where about 30 people had gathered in celebration of the announcement.

Everyone is welcome to come down to see something quite unique – seeing this magnificent Welcome Post carving being created.


 

Tasha & Post Project Recognized

When you do good things, great things happen!

Here at Port Moody Ecological, we knew that the Welcome Post Project would generate both public interest and dialogue.  With Tasha Faye Evans leading it, her enthusiasm and effervescent approach would ensure it was a guaranteed success!

The education, information and dialogue sessions have been well attended and so much positive feedback has been received that we are even more invigorated about the whole project.  Mostly based around the Noons Creek Salmon Hatchery, the program of events started earlier this Summer continues through November this year, then resumes next Spring with the goal being to raise the Welcome Post sometime in Summer 2018.

A testament to the success and far reaching effects, is a speech given by the Member of Port Moody – Coquitlam, Rick Glumac in the Provincial Legislature on September 20th, 2017. He speaks of the project initiative and Tasha’s pervasive energy in bringing this all together.

Below is a link to a video of the speech given in the Legislature.   Please enjoy – and spread the word!!!!

Speaking in the Legislature today about the work of Tasha Faye Evans. Please join her at 7pm on Thursday Sept. 21 at…

Posted by Rick Glumac on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

Project details are on our website at www.noonscreek.org  (click on the ‘Port Moody Welcome Post Project’ link).

Mossom Bio Blitz! Aug 2017

 

Join our sister Port Moody hatchery in celebrating local biodiversity through a 24 hour ‘marathon’ where the public, scientists and local stewards come together to identify and record local plants and wildlife in our watershed.

While the BioBlitz study will be taking place all weekend, we encourage the public to sign up to the Night Creatures of Mossom event on Friday, August 18th (7-10pm) and the Guided Biodiversity Walks on Saturday, August 19th (11am & 1:30pm)

FOR EVENT DETAILS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES VISIT MOSSOMCREEK.ORG/BIOBLITZ

Enviro Awards

L - R: Dave, Elaine, Ruth and Rod proudly showing their Paul Harris Award medallions.

L – R: Dave, Elaine, Ruth and Rod proudly showing their Paul Harris Award medallions.

Some amazing community and environmental stewards were honoured on June 8th by Rotary of Port Moody. And something we should all be very proud of is the fact that all four are current members of the Port Moody Ecological Society!!

PMES Vice President Dave Bennie, PMES Secretary Elaine Golds, PMES members Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar were all awarded the Rotary founder Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service!!!

Everybody knows Dave’s commitment to PMEs and the Noons Creek hatchery (not to mention the iconic Fingerling Festival each year), so it was indeed an privilege to witness his receipt of the award.

Elaine NEVER stops working towards a better sustainable and environmentally friendly human impact on our planet – and specifically the Tri-Cities region. As well as her Director duties with PMES (and one of the original members), most know that she has been with the Burke Mountain Naturalists for many years – and is the current President.  There are other organisations that she somehow manages to squeeze some time for, in addition to writing a regular environmental column for the Tri-City News……whew!

It could be said that Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar are the heart and soul of Mossom Creek hatchery (managed by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society – BIMES). As the original founding members (in 1976!), and very respected teachers, they worked long and hard to build a student-based volunteer organisation that captured the essence of ‘real world’ and hands-on education. BIMES has grown significantly over the years, roles and responsibilities change with the times and many others have come after them to build it to what it is today – but the mandate and mission has not strayed from providing the background and education that students need to make informed decisions about their interaction with the environment that we all need to be healthy.

Rod also heads up the Reed Point Marine Education Centre, at Reed Point Marina in Port Moody. He is also a Director of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation.

Many students of both Noons Creek and Mossom hatcheries have gone on to senior and leadership roles within government and environmental organisations.

Although the Lower Mainland in general is lucky to have these local stewards, Noons Creek, Mossom Creek and Burke Mountain Naturalists are the big winners by having these long-term valued volunteers!!!!   Could not be more prouder.

More acceptance photos below.

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Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) accepting his Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

Elaine Golds (BMN President) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

Elaine Golds (BMN President) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

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Rod MacVicar (BIMES & Reed Point Marine Education) accepting his Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

Ruth Foster (BIMES) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

Ruth Foster (BIMES) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

 

 

Flavelle Cedar!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Flavelle Cedar (a division of Mill & Timber Products Ltd) for their very generous donation to P.M.E.S. leading up to our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term community partner, they have assisted PMES with projects over the years.

Thank you so much!!!!!

McElhanney!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge McElhanney for their very generous donation to P.M.E.S. leading up to our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A locally-spirited community partner, they are always looking to partner with local stewardship organisations to get the best outcome from city developments – helping retain the unique charm and characteristics of Port Moody.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Vancity!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Vancity  for their donation to P.M.E.S. to help fund the many aspects of our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A great community partner, they are very locally-spirited and keen to continue fostering partnerships in the Port Moody area.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Surf Smelt Project

Rowen Monks - our 'coach extraordinaire' for the survey session!

Rowen Monks – our ‘coach extraordinaire’ for the survey session!

A number of months ago, PMES was asked to review, and if we felt there was value, support a project proposed by Ramona de Graff on forage fish habitats – particularly in the Burrard Inlet. Our support was to increase the chance of sponsorship to get the project going.

Long story short, we did see immense value in the project (a precis of which is below in blue text). Not only will it result in valuable information, our released salmon fry need this as a valuable food source as they head to the ocean. We have a vested interest in knowing the health of the areas that our ‘babies’ traverse.  Even better news was that the project was funded and now, the fun begins!

After some initial workshops to aquaint some of the board and volunteers with the process, the date was set for our first ‘practicum’ – surveying a beach area in Burrard Inlet, at Barnet Martine Park in Port Moody, for surf smelt embryos.  The date was Saturday, May 28th.

It was an awesome but very wet day – however the first surf smelt ‘survey training’ session on the beaches at Barnet Marine Park for volunteers from Port Moody Ecological Society (Noons Creek hatchery), Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (Mossom Creek hatchery) and Burke Mountain Naturalists. could not have gone much better.

Big shout out to Rowen Monks of Sea Watch Society for being patient with us as we learnt our stuff! Huge shout out to Ramona de Graff for initiating the ‘Forage Fish / Surf Smelt Survey’ project. The importance of this data being gathered cannot be over estimated. These tiny creatures that spawn on inter-tidal beaches are the subsistence building blocks of larger marine creatures…….we need to know if their habitat is healthy, so the food chain doesn’t crumble. Disastrous for them, and for us!!

PMES is happy to help in moving this project forward with volunteer resources, and use of our hatchery’s water quality lab & microscopes!!!

And thanks to all the volunteers that braved a VERY WET Saturday to learn some valuable new stuff – you guys ROCK!

Thanks again for the day Rowen!!!!!!!

We are looking for more volunteers that may wish to join these periodic surveys – they are fun and the practical experience you get is invaluable, particularly if you are taking fish and wildlife, environmental or biological post-secondary studies.  Contact us at the hatchery on 604-469-9106 or at portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com

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Mandate:
Our mandate is to develop a network of communities and partnerships to provide necessary data and educational materials about  shoreline valued ecosystem components, specifically-spawning habitats and juvenile salmonid rearing habitat for coastal planning and ecosystem management.  The Sea Watch Society is composed of community groups, biologists, First Nations, consultants, scientists, students, stewards, and interested individuals from British Columbia to Puget Sound.

Sea Watch Society coordinates the British Columbia Shore Spawners Alliance project (BCSSA) and provides training, equipment, expertise, laboratory services, a central GIS mapping database, and educational resources ensuring scientifically credible data collection and consistent survey protocols throughout the Province.

The BCSSA Project  assesses and surveys shoreline habitats in British Columbia that support the spawning of beach spawning forage fish,  sand lance, surf smelt and capelin.

SWS/BCSSA members share resources and experiences to promote conservation of both fresh-water and marine forage fish habitats.  Field data are uploaded to GIS Atlas.  Our forage fish projects encourage agencies and granting societies to recognize and support this crucial conservation issue.   Since 2007, over 30 communities have monitored over 100 beaches as part of our citizens’ science program

Project Description:
Forage fish form the cornerstone of the nearshore marine food web as prey for hundreds of marine predators from fish, seabirds to marine mammals.  Marine shorelines of specific sediment types are critical spawning habitat for forage fishes such as surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus), Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus) and capelin (Mallotus villosus).  Marine riparian zones provide critical prey resources for migrating juvenile salmonids.  Beaches supporting spawning and marine riparian zones are referred to as “valued ecosystem components”and as critical fish habitats under the Federal Fisheries Act.  Marine shorelines are critical fish habitat for many species of marine fishes throughout the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea).

Currently, no inventory or habitat assessment has been done focused soley on the critical spawning habitats and the health of these habitats in any location of British Columbia other than the Municipality of Campbell River.   A review of major shoreline inventories in the project locations (from 1995-2013) confirms that such a project has not been undertaken. The applicant is an established expert on beach spawning forage fish habitat and such expertise is required to successfully accomplish the activities of this project.

From 2015-2016, Forage Fish Habitat Assessments (FFHA) and spawning surveys will be conducted from Port Moody, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Howe Sound to inform a restoration plan for surf smelt spawning habitat and juvenile salmonid rearing habitat (limited spawning surveys are required for West Vancouver due to past surveys conducted there).  Maps will be produced of potential and actual spawning habitats detected by this study.  The Marine Shoreline Fish Habitat Assessment and Restoration Plan will inform environmental NGOs, municipalities, regulatory authorities, provincial, First Nation, and Federal government agencies and guide efforts to assist habitat restoration/mitigation projects to recover declining Strait of Georgia surf smelt stocks and enhance juvenile salmonid rearing habitats.  The maps and data will also assist in assessing allocation of oil spill remediation resources.

Goal:  assist with enhancement/restoration of the ecological function of the Strait of Georgia by protecting and restoring marine shoreline habitats critical to beach spawning forage fishes and juvenile salmonids.
Objective 1:  Baseline data collection of spawning activity by beach spawning forage fish
Objective 2:  Baseline data collection of suitable  spawning habitats for beach spawning forage fish
Objective 3:  Baseline data collection of a marine species for “the purpose of damage assessment in the event of habitat contamination”
Objective 4:  Marine Shoreline Habitat enhancement/restoration plan for beach spawning forage fish and juvenile salmonids in the project area
Objective 5:  Engagement of interested stakeholders and regulatory agencies within the project area
Objective 6:  Work with local stewardship initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of marine shorelines as critical fish habitats

 

 

Port of Vancouver

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge the Port of Vancouver for their significant financial contribution to P.M.E.S. for our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term locally-spirited community partner, they are always looking for opportunities to foster partnerships and support local stewardship organisations.

Thank you so much!!!!!