The Nanaimo Estuary is a busy place this time of year. And Chase River Estuary Park Day, an event that provides hands-on education, will be held on Saturday May 8.
“Few people know that Nanaimo has one of the largest estuaries on Vancouver Island,” says Rob Lawrance, Environmental Planner for the City of Nanaimo. “It’s actually quite an active place; on a continental flyway for a number of bird species, it’s where they feed and rest. The eelgrass beds provides both food for a number of fish species and protection for young salmon. That, of course, attracts a variety of birds and the cycle of life goes on.”
You don’t often get the opportunity to see all the activity, but on Saturday May 8, you can, with the help of some local experts at Chase River Estuary Park.
□ Charles Thirkill, a well-known biologist and author, will be talking about the “small fry” salmon and encouraging youngsters to catch and release the little fish who will eventually become bigger ones. A few wader boots will be supplied.
□ Steve Baillie, a well-known naturalist, will be helping to point out the wide range of different birds in the park and their songs.
□ Molly Byrne, a retired biology teacher, will share her wealth of knowledge about both the interesting birds and plants in the park.
□ And Pamela Shaw, an adjunct professor at UVic and ardent estuary supporter will share some historical information about the Estuary, which contains fish weirs stretching back over 1,000 years.
There will also be guided nature walks, displays and a hotdog BBQ by donation.
“Chase River is a miniature version of the Nanaimo Estuary. It’s like a secret little spot hidden in the city,” says Rob Lawrance. You can access the park at the foot of Haliburton Street, just south of the Bold Knight restaurant. Organized by the South End Community Association, the free event runs from 10 AM until 2 PM.
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Chase River Estuary Park Day
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Robert Barron, The Daily News,Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010
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