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The Nanaimo Estuary is a busy place this time of year.  And Chase River Estuary Park Day, an event that provides hands-on education, will be held on Saturday May 8.

“Few people know that Nanaimo has one of the largest estuaries on Vancouver Island,” says Rob Lawrance, Environmental Planner for the City of Nanaimo.  “It’s actually quite an active place; on a continental flyway for a number of bird species, it’s where they feed and rest.   The eelgrass beds provides both food for a number of fish species and protection for young salmon.  That, of course, attracts a variety of birds and the cycle of life goes on.”

You don’t often get the opportunity to see all the activity, but on Saturday May 8, you can, with the help of some local experts at Chase River Estuary Park.

□       Charles Thirkill, a well-known biologist and author, will be talking about the “small fry” salmon and encouraging youngsters to catch and release the little fish who will eventually become bigger ones. A few wader boots will be supplied.

□       Steve Baillie, a well-known naturalist, will be helping to point out the wide range of different birds in the park and their songs.

□       Molly Byrne, a retired biology teacher, will share her wealth of knowledge about both the interesting birds and plants in the park.

□       And Pamela Shaw, an adjunct professor at UVic and ardent estuary supporter will share some historical information about the Estuary, which contains fish weirs stretching back over 1,000 years.

There will also be guided nature walks, displays and a hotdog BBQ by donation.

“Chase River is a miniature version of the Nanaimo Estuary.  It’s like a secret little spot hidden in the city,” says Rob Lawrance.  You can access the park at the foot of Haliburton Street, just south of the Bold Knight restaurant.  Organized by the South End Community Association, the free event runs from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Click below for the poster.

Chase River Estuary Park Day

For a little more information on the estuary, click on the title below:

Needs of industry and nature collide in estuary. After more than a century of damage caused by industrial use, the Nanaimo River estuary is slowly returning to a natural state

Robert Barron, The Daily News,Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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Building Developments

The architect for the Robins Gardens project was in on Monday getting building permit for a construction trailer which has just been placed at the corner of Milton and Esplanade, and for the first condo unit, will go close to existing trees that are being saved on the north-east corner of site.  The first building has a planned layout of 12 units, with parking under the building  Owners will see how the market responds before beginning the next building; a total of 5 have been planned.  Expect construction to start sometime around June.

The planned 7-Eleven at Nicol and Milton has been reviewed by the Ministry of Transportation.  They will not allow a right turn into the site from Nicol Street,  but will allow a right turn out onto Nicol St.

City is continuing to work with Port Place Mall owners, nothing significant is happening.

Planned apartment building at 275 Nicol Street.  Building inspections is working with a prospective contractor, getting ready to go ahead.

At 13 Haliburton, the character 6-plex still working on parking issues.

Thanks to Gary Noble, Development Approval Planner, for the update.

Movin' on up on Haliburton Street!

Heritage and Community Planner Chris Sholberg is working on our draft Neighbourhood Plan, once it’s complete there will be an Open House of the community to attend.   Stay tuned for more details.

A call in to Bill Kiselbach, our local By-laws officer, gained the following information:

“Things have quietened down quite a bit, it’s nothing like it used to be.  Both the RCMP Bike squad and ACT/Crisis Response team are doing good work.” He’s finding less loitering in both of the problem alleys:  “People are not staying, they are on the move.” Derelict vehicles and foliage have been cleaned out of problem areas.

He says the change is spreading into the “Red Zone” area:  “We used to see all the same people, Footprints knew their names.  Now we see all kinds of people, new people, families with kids, tourists, walking around Victoria Crescent.  People stop into the CPSO office and ask for recommendations for lunch places.  You wouldn’t have seen that a few years ago.”

To read more about this, check out the May 3 article in the Nanaimo Daily News by Danielle Bell:  Red Zone helps to clean up once drug-riddled streets


Friends of Harewood Plains Meeting April 27

Over 50 people showed up at the The Friends of Harewood Plains meeting on April 27.  The objective is to preserve and protect the wildflower meadows on Harewood Plains.  A slide show displayed destruction of this delicate region.  There appears to a significant amount of interest in this area, home to a number of rare plant species, including the Lotus Pinneatis (showed above.)   A May 1 article in the Nanaimo Daily News gives more info.  Click here to read it.

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