It’s official, Lions Bay: we are the very first Small Town in Canada to be certified a Bird Friendly City, and just the 10th municipality in Canada to earn the designation! A celebration will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 9.15 – 2 in the Village Hall!
Nature Canada’s Small Town Bird Friendly City criteria was created for communities with a population of 15,000 or less. Other municipalities that have been certified are indeed large cities and include Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Regina, Hamilton and Burlington. Read the national press release about Lions Bay here.
Certification means that these cities have met or exceeded a minimum standard with regard to reducing threats to birds, protecting and restoring natural habitat and increasing climate resiliency; and actively engaging their community through education and outreach.
The Lions Bay Bird Friendly team would like to thank the many in our community who came before us and put Bird Friendly environmental protections in place in bylaws and policies – which in part contributed to this certification – and all those who have expressed their love of our birds, inspired us and simply blown us away with their overwhelmingly enthusiastic support. Thank you also to the groups who contribute to conservation and educational efforts in our Village and worked with us to achieve this certification.
They include: The Native plant Garden/Butterflyway Project, Lions Bay Bear Smart, the Átl'ka7tsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Region, The Trailblazers, the kids and teachers of Lions Bay School and Saplings Outdoor Program, and the Community Garden Coordinator. Thank you also to Councillor Abbott, our liaison on Council.
From the LB Bird Friendly Team: Rod Baker, Taryn and Katrina, Charlie Bradbury, Arlene Halstrom, Penny Nelson, Susan Publicover, Danielle Wills
Banner photo courtesy of Rod Baker