Earth Day Celebrations: April 22, 2018

Earth Day 2018 had weather to celebrate, warm and sunny after so many weeks of cool temperatures and rain. This meant fewer participants for our official celebration because almost everyone seemed to be off outside enjoying our natural surroundings.
  • Thanks to all our partners and volunteers who set up booths with us in Junction Park: Wildsafe BC, Streamkeepers, My Sea to Sky, Howe Sound Biosphere Reserve Initiative, Squamish Trails Society, and Squamish CAN. It was good to have a chance to renew acquaintances, as well as to greet visitors and talk about our environmental interests.
  • Judith and Wolf had a group for their morning Eagle Watch presentation at the Adventure Centre theatre. Despite the best efforts of the Visitor Centre staff (Peter), no one could be persuaded to stay indoors for the afternoon presentation.
  • The bird walk had a successful morning: participants counted 53 species.
  • Scavenger hunters David Thomson, Keira Blaikie, Anna Wolinetz, Maia Wolinetz and Ruby Franz received a $10 gift certificate prize from Climb On Squamish. We noticed during the scavenger hunt that there seems to be a number of folk walking through the Estuary trails who are reminding dog walkers that a leash is required (especially since this is nesting season) and also picking up any litter they see.
  • Carl gave away lots of bird nest boxes at the SES booth.
  • We unveiled a new Estuary brochure, thanks to contributions by many SES members.
Next year we will try to tie Earth Week celebrations to a regular market day so more visitors will have a chance to participate in our events.
Photo courtesy of Judith Holm:  Scavenger hunters