Habitat Restoration Projects

Volunteers are the key to the success of our habitat enhancement planting projects! The Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society has been active in many projects including work at the Little Campbell River Estuary, Blackie Spit and as part of the City of White Rock Foreshore Restoration at East Beach.

Funding to assist with our restoration projects is graciously provided by Nature Canada, Important Bird Areas program. This is a program of Birdlife International and it is co-managed by Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada!

Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society is currently involved in numerous habitat restoration projects. Please visit these linked pages for details about each project:

Blackie Spit Planting

Native planting at Blackie Spit. photo by M. Cuthbert

Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society is very pleased to join with the Dart’s Hill Society as project partners in a new "Native Plant Garden" and to commit our expertise and knowledge to ongoing development, maintenance and monitoring of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden in the Dart’s Hill Garden Park. Dart's Hill Garden's Website

You can also visit the White Rock Native Plant Demonstration Garden at 14970 Marine Drive in White Rock anytime and please do join us for weeding and planting opportunities! Visit our calendar page for details.




Latest News & events:

Salmon Habitat Restoration: FoSBS is undertaking a 3 year project for Salmon Habitat and Restoration in Boundary Bay which will assess and enhance numerous critical components of salmon habitat in Boundary Bay, keeping in mind the concerns of climate change and sea level rise, including but not limited to eelgrass, forage fish and salt marsh ecosystems. When salmon leave freshwater systems, eelgrass in estuaries provides shelter and food. Also as much as 72% of some species salmon's diet is made up of forage fish. The 2015-2018 Salmon Habitat and Restoration in Boundary Bay project will build on FoSBS expertise and activities including 2002-2007 eelgrass mapping in Boundary Bay, and a 2007 forage fish spawning survey. Forage fish habitat and shoreline enhancement at Blackie Spit in 2009, native vegetation plantings, invasive species removal, and shoreline clean up projects reflect a fraction of FoSBS's capabilities and expertise. In July 2015, FoSBS received a grant from Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund to expand the scope of these activities and coordinate a large scale multi-year project for Salmon Habitat and Restoration in Boundary Bay.

Working with project partners (Ducks Unlimited Canada, the City of Surrey, Sea Change Conservation Society, the Little Campbell Watershed Society and A ROCHA Canada), FoSBS plans to build a plan for resiliency in Boundary Bay that will span into the future.

For further information, contact Matthew Christensen, email: mattch85@gmail.com 

Surveying for invertebrates in sea lettuce (Photo Credit: Maria G Cuthbert).

Volunteers Needed:

Interested in volunteering with our Habitat Restoration team? For more information and to register for upcoming events please contact information@birdsonthebay.caor
call 604-536-3552. (please note our phone line is checked weekly by volunteers - if you do not receive a reply, please email.