Nature organizations team up to build urban conservation space
(Above: Future location of the Hyla Park Bird & Butterfly Garden)
(Fredericton, NB) This June, two nature-focused organizations, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB) and Nature NB will be teaming up to build a bird and butterfly garden just outside of the entrance to Hyla Park Nature Preserve on the north side of Fredericton. On Saturday, June 21, from 10 am to 2 pm, the two organizations will host a Community Planting Day for community members to get involved with the installation of the garden, as well as enjoy a free BBQ, crafts, and other activities.
“Nature NB is excited to be partnering with NTNB to create a new wildlife space near Hyla Park as part of our Nature Champions program,” says Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB Executive Director. “We created the Nature Champions program in 2012 to connect communities and schools with nature by creating butterfly and bird gardens in urban areas. Since its creation, we’ve established seven new spaces around the province.”
The purpose of the garden is to create an urban conservation space which provides suitable food and habitat for various pollinator species, some of which are in drastic decline. The project will also be a youth/community engagement and learning tool for the future, adding to the learning and skill development opportunities already offered by Hyla Park Nature Preserve.
“This initiative allows youth and families to participate first-hand in the creation of the spaces by planting the plants and also provides long-term learning opportunities for learning about pollination, wildlife habitat and birds and butterflies,” says Roy-McDougall.
“This project is a demonstration of how NTNB can accomplish all three pillars of our mission to conserve, steward, and educate in an area and benefit the local community,” says Renata Woodward, NTNB Executive Director. “The garden will be situated right next to a portion of the Gibson Trail, so it will also be very visible to people who use the trail system and will help beautify the area.”
All are welcome to attend the Community Planting Day on Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Nature NB at 459-4209 or YNC@naturenb.ca.
Generous contributions to this project have been made by the Fredericton Community Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, NB Wildlife Trust Fund, NB Environmental Trust Fund, and the Small Change Fund. This project is also made possible thanks to the support of Greenwood Drive Baptist Church.