Swan Lake sanctuary taps into accolades

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary receives water stewardship award

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary received a water stewardship award for work to restore the floodplain area around Swan Lake, to remove invasive species and restore native species.

“We are pleased to be recognized by this award,” said executive director Kathleen Burton.

“The awards judiciary committee clearly recognizes Swan Lake’s role as a steward of an important functioning and diverse ecosystems and we are grateful.  The honour of the award really goes to the work of the dedicated staff and countless volunteers who are on the ground doing this important work as they share an interest in this urban refuge.”

Burton also gave credit to the sanctuary’s community partner RBC. RBC has provided over $25,000 in support to Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary over the past three years through the RBC Blue Water Project. Approved funding has been used to restore the floodplain area around Swan Lake, to remove invasive species and restore native species and to conduct a lake core sample. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary has used the information derived from the results of this sample in discussions with various stakeholders on how to handle storm water runoff.

“Our vision is to be the leader in the stewardship of healthy, diverse ecosystems, an urban nature sanctuary that brings people and nature together,” said Burton.  “Winning this award speaks to the efforts our staff, volunteers and community partners go to in order to ensure this vision is realized. Fostering the community’s understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experiences inspiring personal action is at the forefront of everything we do.”

To learn how you can volunteer with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary with this or other restoration projects, contact the volunteer co-ordinator at bleitch@swanlake.bc.ca. You can also visit www.swanlake.bc.ca to learn more about the sanctuary’s mission and ways that you can help.

 

Just Posted

Saanich says it will take months to fix a sink hole that appeared during ‘Snowmaggedon’

Roads closed in the area after the sink hole first opened in early February

Derelict trimaran removed from Oak Bay waters

Boat has been aground near Oak Bay Marina for over five months

Confusing parking lot blamed for cars tipping into flowerbeds at Peninsula Canadian Tire

Tow and repairs cost thousands, engineer says drivers’ responsibility, Canadian Tire stay quiet

PHOTOS: Car Free YYJ entertains the masses in Victoria

Third annual fair where cars are banned goes off without a hitch

Saanich councillor ‘chose pragmatism over politics’ in opposing EDPA replacement

Coun. Rebecca Mersereau acknowledged her opposition shocked many of her supporters

WATCH: Barbers battle it out in Victoria

‘Barber Battle’ saw stylists and barbers from across North America go head-to-head

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Most Read