What a beautiful Sunday morning! Thank you to everyone who joined us at our fifth Dozē Day. After arriving at Renfrew Ravine Park the Dozē team quickly got friendly with the Evergreen team and other volunteers. This was our first event together with Evergreen, and it was a big success! Evergreen's mission is to inspire and enable action to green cities by bringing diverse groups of people together, inspiring them with ideas and engaging them to take action- definitely something we want to be a part of!
It was by far the most educational Dozē Day we’ve had – we learnt everything from the different kinds of native plants that inhabit our local parks and forests to the invasive plants that make it difficult for the ecosystem to thrive. We were split up into five teams and all got to work on different tasks. Shovel in hand and gloves on, we dug down to the furthest roots of invasive plants and bushes. Invasive plants are non-native species that have been introduced to British Columbia without the insect predators and plant pathogens that help keep them at a sustainable growth rate in their native habitats. These plants out-compete native vegetation and can destroy food sources and take over important habitats for native plants and animals. They can spread quickly if left untreated – but not to fear we were able to help the situation!
We then made our way down to the creek that flowed through the park – Still Creek. We learned about the difference between the sewage water system and the flow-over water system in metropolitan Vancouver. We took various measurements of the water, testing for Phosphate along with other chemicals and measuring the pH level of the water – which by the way was a 7.
After a couple hours of work and education we all gathered at the Evergreen tent and had some snacks. A big thank you to everyone! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city- let’s make sure we do our part in keeping it this way.
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