Red-flowering currant is a great native plant for hummingbirds. (Fraser Valley Conservancy)

Fun workshop in Chilliwack will have tips on becoming nature stewards

Fraser Valley Conservancy is holding a Chilliwack session on how to help wildlife on Feb. 29

There are little things Chilliwack residents can do to help local wildlife.

‘Nature Stewardship 101’ is a workshop coming up on Feb. 29 in Chilliwack, part of an ongoing educational series Fraser Valley Conservancy has been hosting across the Fraser Valley.

“Many have heard about the plight of the Ryder Lake toads, or how owl boxes help the barn owls displaced from old barns,” says Joanne Neilson, executive director of the Fraser Valley Conservancy.

But not so well known are the ways people can take action in their own neighbourhoods and backyards.

The introductory workshop will cover how to identify wildlife habitat, the species that live there, and even a few stewardship tips.

“Anyone interested in learning how to care for nature is welcome. No previous knowledge required.”

Some may not realize the nearby water-filled ditch is teeming with life, and that planting native species in their gardens to attract pollinators, can also provide food sources for birds and wildlife.

Red flowering current is a great example of a beneficial native plant because it feeds the hummingbirds in early spring, Neilson said.

The earlier ‘Stewardship 101’ workshops that FVC held in Mission and Abbotsford were really popular, and are part of the Nature Stewardship School series.

“It was inspiring how many people are interested in learning how they can help nature,” Neilson said.

Bring questions. Admission is $5 per person. Registration is required.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, event starts at 2 p.m, wrap up by 4 p.m.

A Sardis venue location will be announced upon registration. The location of the TBA workshop will depend on registration numbers so pre-registration is crucial.

The next round of more in-depth Nature Stewardship School events will be announced in March.

Register at

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Fraser Valley Conservancy is holding workshops for nature stewards, with an introductory one in Chilliwack on Feb. 29. (Sean McCann photo)

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