BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is excited to be partnering with the District of Mackenzie on the construction of a small wetland in the forested area (District owned) next to Morfee Elementary school. The wetland will be built behind the school and construction will take place from June 6th to June 7th.
Over the course of the two days BCWF construction crews and volunteers will be conducting the installation of wetland components. The crews will access the wetland site through the Morfee Elementary parking lot and a small access trail in the forested area.
One of the goals of this project is to provide students with an outdoor learning lab for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, which will give them unparalleled opportunities to investigate animals, plants, soils, and water through hands-on, experiential learning. This habitat would represent a safe and constructive environment for students to explore and reinforce basic concepts in math and science, while gaining an appreciation and understanding for a valuable ecosystem important for wildlife and society.
Projects like this reinforce connections with nature and help foster a deep-seated respect for the services that these highly productive ecosystems provide. “The hope is that we’ll connect youth to wetlands and all the fantastic wildlife and associated benefits that they provide. Through this we aim to inspire a future generation of land stewards,” states Neil Fletcher, Wetlands Education Manager at the BCWF.
The overall scope of the project is to facilitate a productive habitat for a diversity of species. These include pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and dragonflies as well as native birds, salamanders, and frogs. The wetland will also help control local mosquito populations by attracting a greater number of bird species and other mosquito eating animals, and greatly enrich the local species biodiversity within the area.
The BCWF is a charitable organization that has been an important force in conservation since its conception in 1966. It is through collaboration and community engagement that the BCWF can establish conservation projects for the benefit of all.
The BCWF will be responsible for the jobsite and fielding questions. Any comments or questions can be directed to Madyson Adams of the BC Wildlife Federation at (604) 882-9988 ext 225 or by email firstname.lastname@example.orgM.