Victoria, BC – The Bowker Creek Initiative is hosting a stewardship blitz on Saturday, September 26 and invites the public to participate in stream restoration and art making. There will be two locations where volunteers can help with invasive species removal and native plantings, and a workshop where colorful pennants will be created.
This event will support the ongoing work to improve Bowker Creek and will also promote learning and celebration of the creek with beautiful pennants to decorate homes and backyards.
The Bowker Creek Watershed extends from the University of Victoria south through the municipalities of Saanich and Victoria, before discharging to the sea in Oak Bay. Over the last 200 years the watershed has changed from a natural state, to agricultural use, to the current mix of residential, commercial and institutional uses. Today, less than 40% of this urban creek remains above ground. The Bowker Creek Initiative has been working steadily since 2004 to improve the creek and its watershed.
The blitz on September 26 will host one event in each municipality, as follows:
District of Saanich restoration site, 10 am – 12 noon
Invasive species removal in the creek section beside the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Road.
District of Oak Bay restoration site, 10 am – 1 pm
Invasive species removal and native planting along the creek at Monteith Street near Cranmore Road.
City of Victoria pennant making, 12 noon – 3 pm
Create art to celebrate Bowker Creek! Relief-printmaking workshop at the Spirit Garden between Kings Road and Newton Street near Richmond Road. The Spirit Garden is located above a buried section of Bowker Creek.
All activities are family-friendly. Please bring work gloves and appropriate clothing for the weather or for working with water-soluble inks.
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For further information please contact:
Tanis Gower, Bowker Creek Initiative Coordinator