Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Peninsula Streams Society Creek Cleanup

I read an article in the local paper (link below) about the Peninsula Streams Society which mentioned they were looking for volunteers to help clean up local waterways.  An estimated eighty percent of the plastic in the ocean originates on land so this is vital work. Since we are both habitual litter pickers, we thought we'd give it a try. This evening, about a dozen of us met up at Reay Creek Park and spent time collecting trash and learning about the history of conservation in the area.  The creek runs from the east side of the airport to Bazan Bay which ultimately connects to the Pacific Ocean via the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In comparison, there was nowhere near the volume of garbage we had encountered in Toronto while participating in similar efforts, but we knew we'd made a difference nonetheless.  I spotted a European Wall Lizard which, as per its name, is an introduced species. Its effect on Vancouver Island's ecosystems is being monitored.


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