Bio Blitz!

 

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

Drum Making with Rueben George – Aug 25

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Fee and pre-registration for workshops. Please pay in advance to reserve your space.

The Noons Creek hatchery is located over the footbridge from the Port Moody Recreation Centre on Ioco Road.

Drum Making Workshop with Rueben GeorgeFriday August 25 @ 7pm – 9pm
(detail to follow)
Pre-registration and payment required. ($165 fee per drum via PayPal)



Brandon Gabriel on Reconciliation – July 20

Brandon Gabriel (Kwantlen) hosts tonight’s community dialogue on reconciliation. As the Welcome Post Project brings together settlers and migrants with Coast Salish People, this creates the opportunity to learn and share. The hot topic of our time is reconciliation – but what often gets ignored is redress. Is reconciliation happening? Is it possible? is it genuine? Bring your questions as we hear from Brandon Gabriel on these important topics.

Brandon Gabriel is an internationally acclaimed mixed-media artist from the Stó:lō Coast Salish community of Kwantlen. His vivid creative work lends a critical eye to colonial processes that have attempted to relegate his culture to history books and museums. At 37, he has already amassed an impressive body of professional work that spans over 20 years and includes photography, painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, public art installations, and architecture concepts.”

In addition to his work as a guest lecturer at universities throughout the Lower Mainland and other artistic endeavours, Brandon engages in curating and community arts projects, and brings a critical perspective on colonialism and settler culture and it’s impacts on Coast Salish Peoples.

July 20, from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Noons Creek hatchery.  Check our Facebook post for updates.

Find us over the Noons Creek footbridge to the very right of the Port Moody Recreation Centre on Ioco Road.

 

 

 

 

 

(Bio from http:// www.raspberrymag.ca/ brandon-gabriel)

Nature Walk with T’uy’tanat – Cease Wyss, July 16

This Land. This Place.

Join artist and ethnobotanist Cease Wyss for nature walks along the Shoreline Trail. Come and experience the forest from a Coast Salish world-view. Learn traditional names and medicinal purposes of the plants and trees. Listen to stories of local history of this land and how the trees, rocks and animals all of our relations.
Sunday June 25 from 1pm. Please allow up to 1.5 hours for this tour.
No registration required. All ages welcome.

T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss
Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/ Hawaiian/Swiss
Cease Wyss is an ethnobotanist, Media Artist, Educator and Activist. She is traditionally trained by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. She continues to study and also teach medicinal plants with her community and programs all over Vancouver and the lower mainland. She has been a media artist for over 25 year producing work nationally and internationally. Her work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as her means of sharing knowledge. Cease has been involved as an Artist in Residence with various community centres and parks in Vancouver from the early 1990’s to date, and has created works through community engagement and dialogues. Cease continuously promotes sharing knowledge and culture, with diverse communities in the unceded territory of her people and beyond.

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

School Programs

School Programs

Education Programs

We encourage school and community groups to engage with us through volunteering or by undertaking one of the many courses that are offered throughout the year.

Bookings:  please call us on 604-469-9106 for enquiries or email portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com to book.

Our classes cost $45.00 for up to 15 students and $3.00 for every student above that. Classes can be tailored to suit your students current studies and needs.

Estuary Exploration for Under Fives (1.5 hours)

Introduces aquatic habitats through games and observation, children will investigate a pond habitat and discover for themselves who is living there.

Estuary Exploration for Grades 1 to 3 (1.5 hours)

Introduces the student to the Estuary, a place of edges where fresh water meets salt, where plants and animals must live in a habitat which is both wet and dry, salt and fresh, warm and cold. Students learn about food webs and habitat through games and by observation.

Salmon Cycle for Grades 4 and 5 (2 hours)

Noons Creek Hatchery is a teaching hatchery which releases tens of thousands of Chum and Coho fry annually. Students will learn about the life cycle of the salmon both in the hatchery and in our creeks and ocean.

Stream Science for Grades 6 and 7+ (2.5 hours)

Scientists measure the health of a creek in many ways: by its temperature, its pH, by what is dissolved in it whether seen or unseen, and even by what lives in it! Students make these measurements for themselves, and in the process not only learn how to collect data, but discover what makes our urban streams healthy or sick, bountiful or barren. This program can also be adapted to middle and high school students.

Streamkeepers Workshop (1 or 2 days – Weekends)

One or two days, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation is a Non-Profit Society helping streamkeepers take action through support, education and building partnerships. Working in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Capilano College, the Federation facilitates streamkeepers training.

As a Federation member, Port Moody Ecological Society offers streamkeeper-related training at the Noons Creek Hatchery. Our fully certified trainers currently teach Modules 1-4, 7 and 11 from the FOC Streamkeepers handbook.

Module 1: Introductory Stream Habitat Survey

Module 2: Advanced Stream Habitat Survey

Module 3: Water Quality Survey

Module 4: Stream Invertebrate Survey

Module 7: Streamside Planting

Module 11: Juvenile Fish Trapping and Identification

2-day workshop: $100 per person or $90 if group is larger than 14 participants

1-day workshop: (any two modules): $70 per person or $80 per person if group is larger than 14 participants

Port Moody Welcome Post Project 2017

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – Aug 19

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Aug 19!

Join us at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 19, drop-in between 9 and 11am as we again participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

The Port Moody Ecological Society acknowledges and honours that our community lies on unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2017

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek and Twitter @noonscreek

Notes:

  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.

GCSC 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

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!!!!!