The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society is excited to be hosting an Open Air Classroom (OAC) Cleanup Event! We will be using shears to cut back the plants encroaching on the path and make it more accessible to visitors. By cutting back the overgrowth, we hope to better the community experience of Somenos Marsh and encourage more people to visit the OAC.
At this Volunteer Event, we will remove the invasive Himalayan Blackberry along the Somenos creekside (and eat the berries as we go of course!). Removing this blackberry allows the native plants already planted by our hard-working volunteers to thrive and also creates more room for us to plant in the fall. These planted trees create shade over the water, cooling the water’s temperature, and provide leaf litter and woody debris which improve oxygen levels in the water for fish habitat. Without a monoculture of blackberry, a variety of native species can increase the area’s overall biodiversity and better the area for songbirds and waterfowl.
At our “Bag the Yellow Flag” event, we will be collecting the seed pods of the invasive Yellow Flag Iris so we can safely dispose of them, reducing the amount of new sprouts this plant will produce next year. Yellow flag iris is particularly harmful to cattails and other plants which are used by many types of birds for nesting, and its removal will help improve the biodiversity of the area. We will be trekking through the marsh, so bring your rubber boots!
The wonderful Cowichan Land Trust is hosting a LakeKeepers Workshop together with the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS) and the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, The Cowichan Land Trust is running a two-day LakeKeepers workshop for citizens to learn how to care for, monitor, and manage our beautiful BC lakes.
Facilitated by Dr. Rick Nordin of BCLSS, this workshop will take place on July 25th from 9-4pm and July 26th from 9-noon at the Duncan Community Lodge on Quamichan Lake.
It is available to everyone 14+, and is free for students and $25 for adults.