Pulling Together at Browning Park, July 9th 2022
Pulling Together at Browning Park, July 9th 2022

We look for opportunities for riparian habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, garbage cleanup, planting native plants for Bowker Creek (also known as Thaywun).

Friends of Bowker Creek Members (including FoBC Streamkeepers – Chum Salmon Recovery project volunteers)

We are very pleased to announce some new opportunities for FoBC Members, FoBC Streamkeepers, FoBC Watershed Stewards action groups, and other Friends of Bowker Creek work. Take a look at the following options and tell us which ones you would like to join in or know more about. 

Insurance coverage requires a paid membership. Please join the Friends of Bowker Creek Society or update your annual membership here to participate in FoBCS volunteer work projects.

Habitat Restoration Work Sessions 2022

 Glenn and Ronna

Habitat restoration sessions at Oak Bay High School

Invasive plant removal at the Oak Bay High School pathway on the last Sunday of the month from 10 a.m.– noon, except for January and December. The last session this year will be on Sunday, November 27th, 2022.

COVID protocols of the day will be in place.
Please dress for weather and bring water and sun/rain protection.
Gloves and Tools: will be available, though everyone is welcome to bring their own.
Work Vest: bring a brightly coloured work vest if you have one
Meeting Place: along the walkway at Bowker Creek at the Oak Bay High School running track. Look for the FoBC sandwich board sign.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and to make new acquaintances!

Native willows were planted from cuttings at Bowker Creek in 2020. Most of them are thriving and many have grown over 4 metres tall since then.

Native willows were planted from cuttings at Bowker Creek in 2020. Most of them are thriving and many have grown over 4 metres tall since then.

Habitat restoration sessions at Monteith in Oak Bay

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 1:00-3:00 pm

Volunteer tea break at the Monteith restoration site.

Join us in restoring streambank habitat in the most natural section of the stream. Meet at the creek where it passes under Monteith Street to the east of Firemans’ Park. Tools supplied. Bring your own mug for tea-time after the work session. We’d love to see you there!

Contact us for more information:  friendsofbowkercreek@gmail.com

Cedar Hill Park Volunteer Opportunity

Every Monday morning from 9:00 am until 12 noon

Cedar Hill Park is in the Bowker Creek watershed and is a headwater source for Bowker Creek. The Friends of Cedar Hill Park have been active in maintaining the natural areas of the Park since 2006. Their work is done in the natural areas of the Park outside golf course boundaries under the Saanich Pulling Together Volunteer Program.

Join weekly invasive species removal at preplanned areas of the park, under the direction of Lead Steward, Jim Moores every Monday morning from 9:00 am until 12 noon.

This is the link that shows where you can find the work site on Monday mornings from 9 to noon. Please go to the meeting point, or let them know if you would like to join the FoCHPS through their email address: FriendsofCedarHillPark@gmail.com.

Previous Work Sessions 2022

On Saturday, April 23 we held a planting and weeding work party at the two uppermost Bowker Creek duck ponds in Bowker Creek Park, at the footbridge just downstream of Oak Bay High School. We planted native sedges, grasses and native wildflowers. This will likely be the last planting session at the duck ponds for the spring season until fall, but there will be invasive removal sessions throughout summer.

On Sunday April 24, we held a planting and weeding session along Bowker Creek at Oak Bay High School, which is regularly scheduled for the last Sunday of every month. In addition to invasive removal, we planted thimbleberry, Sitka willow, black twinberry and red elderberry to re-establish vegetation in an area recently cleared of reed canary grass. 

Plants are funded by a grant from Coastal Collaborative Sciences, through Peninsula Streams Society. Other donors of plants that we have planted this month are Louise Goulet and the Victoria Horticultural Society. Friends of Bowker Creek Society greatly appreciates the plants and materials, and we are committed to making the best possible use of them.

Do you want to participate? Do you want to know more? 

RSVP to Friends of Bowker Creek at friendsofbowkercreek+volunteer@gmail.com with Volunteer Opportunities in the subject line.