Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia
Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia (WBT) Mission: Providing wild birds with sanctuary through ecological protection and restoration, and supporting communities with education, culture, and reconciliation programs.
The area has been occupied by Coast Salish People since the last ice age receded 13,000 years ago. Archeological digs on the site goes back thousands of years. Prior to settler contact, the region featured contiguous mudflats across what is now the North Shore, but now these mudflats are all that remain. Since 1993, on former industrialized and damaged lands and flats, the WBT has created the North Shore's first wildlife sanctuary from 76 acres of mostly fill, some of which was contaminated.
Operating as a Conservation and Wild Bird Sanctuary, the site now boasts four provincially blue-listed (at risk) species and a bird list which has grown from 208 to 251. As well as the creation of a freshwater wetland and trail system which protects sensitive habitat, projects include: establishing and maintaining one of British Columbia's largest purple martin colonies, creation of a killdeer nesting area, and ongoing work to restore the anise swallowtail butterfly to Burrard Inlet.
Parks we work in:
- Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats
Things we do:
- citizen science project(s)
- environmental education
- environmental restoration
- heritage conservation/education
- indigenous culture
- invasive species removal
- native/pollinator gardens
- nature walks
- trail building/stewardship
- tree inventory
- waterkeepers (river/stream)
We're looking for volunteers in these areas:
- Regular volunteers
- Occasional volunteers