In mid-March, we created signage to educate the public on safe access to Maplewood Flats, and reduced access on weekends due to the popularity of the site. Our dedicated staff and volunteers continue to conduct restoration work onsite as countless birds return for spring in Burrard Inlet. The wetland creatures and plants that depend on our collective work continues each and every day.
In order to remain connected and deliver our programs we are developing virtual alternatives. We have hired an online communications specialist, scheduled a series of online nature talks, and strategized on maintaining our 2020 habitat restoration goals. We need your help to build an online educational platform to reach children and families—especially during the school disruptions. We need your support to scale this to reach more bird lovers and budding conservationists while they are at home needing quality education supports.
Children and families can learn a lot from observing birds in their habitat, from what they eat and how they raise their young—to more advanced concepts like habitats and adaptations. Unfortunately, with our programs shut down, getting access to habitat is a challenge. So, this spring we are installing webcams for our members and school groups to access via our website. We have purchased mobile phone network-connected equipment and are raising funds for their installation and operation.
We know that reduced programming and education revenues means less funds to do conservation and restoration work so we are also taking the unusual step of asking our members and Wingspan readers to donate to support these new programs connecting with children and families, and bird lovers of all ages.