Wild Minds 2019 Day 6

Went on a great field trip to the 300 acre Maplewood Flats Conservation Area and the Wild Bird Trust of Britsh Columbia where the youth did a little habitat restoration work including moving rock to help buttress the shoreline and clearing old dead salal, then some bird watching where we saw a nesting osprey, and a plant walk with Squamish ethnobotanist Senaqwila Wyss. Maplewood Flats is a particularly interesting site administered by the Municipality of North Vancouver but adjacent the səl’ilwətaɁɬ reserve along Dolarton Highway in North Van. It is also the site of a reconciliation effort by the Wild Bird Trust Board who are working with the səl’ilwətaɁɬ to help restore the habitat, including the original mudflats and clam beds through a shared management agreement and ideally a returning of this land to the səl’ilwətaɁɬ Nation.

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