Fraser River Estuary Important Bird Area: Past, Present and Future

2017-05-10 7:30 pm Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom

What can be done to save this area? Can we live in harmony with the delta or will we continue to destroy it?

Presenter: David Bradley, PhD
British Columbia Program Manager, Bird Studies Canada

Cost: By Donation

The Fraser River winds its way down from the Rocky Mountains over 1,300km before it empties into the Georgia Straight. By that time its waters are heavily laden with nutrient-rich silt that fertilizes the river’s delta south of Vancouver. This added fertility helps to make the Fraser River Delta one of the most biologically productive habitats in Canada, so much so that it was designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International due to the globally significant numbers of birds that rely on the delta for food and shelter. Despite of this IBA’s biodiversity value, it is under immense development pressure from a myriad of factors as we increase our footprint on the land, so much so that it was recently designated as an IBA in Danger. What can be done to save this IBA? Can we live in harmony with the delta or will we continue to destroy it? What do we see as a future for this incredible jewel? Join David for an exploration of these themes.