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 (9/29/2017), 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.

Image: Dave Bennie with the post.


 

 

 

 

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.