What We Do
At BCES our motto is “A vision without a task is but a dream“, and our vision is to restore and revitalize Bertrand Creek as a harmonious corridor that relates optimum wildlife habitat to the legacy of a viable recreation setting.
Thus our task is to bring Bertrand Creek back to a natural clean productive stream, with a green belt and well treed stream sides with small parks, trails, bridges, view points and interpretive signs, that are in harmony with fish, wildlife and the community giving people a place to teach, relax and enjoy nature.
1. To achieve this we do the following:
- raise awareness of Bertrand Creek
- advertise our events and work parties
- place our display, pamphlets and educational material in Malls and at workshops and seminars
- celebrate Earth Day, Pitch-in-week and BC Rivers Day
- provide educational tours, talks and work parties
- being advocates for Bertrand Creek
2. Raise community pride and ownership in Bertrand Creek
- partner with schools, service clubs and the general public in a variety of hands-on projects
- provide opportunity for school groups to apply for funding for establishment of environmental clubs
- build trails and bridges
- planting bees
- storm drain marking
3. Streamside Vegetation Management
- remove invasive plant species, especially blackberries which are a low value fish/wildlife habitat
- plant trees and shrubs ( recommended by BC Ministry of Environment) that have high habitat values
4. Protecting the stream and stream edges
- fencing to reduce livestock and people impacts
- cleaning up garbage in and around town
5. Instream complexing
- adding habitat diversity to the stream. Such as.
- marsh benches
- side channels
- root wads ( woody debris )
- bank undercuts
- boulders and gravel riffles
School-based Environmental Clubs
The Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society proudly supports two environmental clubs at elementary schools in the Aldergrove area.
If your school is in the Aldergrove area and would like to learn how BCES could support you, please contact us at 604-532-3517.
Parkside’s Environmental Club
Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society sponsors the environmental club at Parkside Centennial Elementary School in Aldergrove called E.S.I., Environmental Scientific Investigators. This is an enthusiastic group of 25 to 40 students in grades 3 to 7 that meet once a month at lunchtime. They have participated in a variety of activities to learn more about the environment and to help the environment. Examples of activities are a presentation from the Bee Lady who taught about the importance of bees, an owl presentation, making birdhouses and bird feeders, visited Mountain View Conservation Society where animals from around the world are breed with the intent of releasing them back into their natural environment. The students “adopted” a cheetah. We have learned about global warming and made solar car models, picked up litter and planted wildflowers as well as many more activities. With the help of Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society, the students are exposed to a variety of activities with little or no cost to them.
Shortreed’s Environmental Club
The Shortreed Eco-Tigers are an elementary school environmental club formed to raise awareness of global and local environmental issues for students primarily in Grades 3-7 and their families. We meet once a month to explore a new topic or project each time, sometimes requiring more than one lunch-hour to cover the topic at hand. Some of our projects have included water and energy conservation, wind power, salmon dissection and habitat conservation, salmon-rearing and release, owl -lady’s visit and owl-pellet dissection, and endangered species study and protection. We have at least two major field trips each school year centered around salmonid release and endangered species conservation farm visit. This year our attendance nearly doubled to about 55 students and accommodating the costs for this many little environmentalists has become an issue, so we may be including fund-raising on our future agendas! In any case we have been very fortunate to receive a yearly donation from the Bertrand Creek Enhancement Committee that has traditionally been well-used to the benefit of our students.