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Pollinator Meadow Enhancement Project - Invasive Species Removal

Location:
Esquimalt Gorge Park (Pollinator Meadow)
Esquimalt, BC, Canada

Date & Time:
June 9, 2022 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Local Timezone)

Event Summary:

The overall goal of the Pollinator Meadow Project is to create a novel meadow ecosystem to support a wide range of pollinators. This restoration project commenced in 2020 with the removal of non-native species, mainly grasses, and the introduction of native flowering plants to the area. By using a native plant assemblage, the goal is to attract a variety of different native pollinator species, including bees, butterflies, and birds, which will contribute to a more robust, diverse food web within the urban park space. For the scheduled event, volunteers will be working with Gorge Waterway Action Society to remove invasive plants from around the meadow site and apply soil amendments to help suppress establishment of invasive species in the future and add organic nutrients to the soil.

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Practical Details:

Meet at the Gorge Waterway Nature House, located next to playground. FLOW OF EVENT • Meet at 11:00AM for sign-in & introductions • If you can't find us, please email: restoration.gwas@gmail.com • Remove invasive plants • Take break for refreshments half way through, wrap up at 2:00PM WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. • Refillable water bottle. Please bring water and snacks! We will have water bottles for those who forget, and packaged refreshments. • A hat, sunscreen • Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses if you have them (we will have extra supplies for those who do not) • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty • Long sleeves & long pants to protect from thorny plants and ticks • Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots.

COVID-19 Protocols:

We want to ensure the safety of everyone. We ask that you do not participate if: You feel ill, including experiencing symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell; You or a member of your family have travelled internationally in the last 14 days; You have been exposed to someone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have COVID-19

Safety protocols to be followed at the activity: Physical distancing etiquette (at least 6 feet apart from those not in your household); Please sanitize your hands when you arrive & before you leave. There will be a sanitizing station on site.

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