The Slocan River Streamkeepers implemented two wetland enhancement projects on private properties in Spring 2018. One project is situated in Winlaw and the other one in Vallican. Both are along the Slocan River. The objective of the projects is to increase the diversity of the wetlands by adding some nesting boxes for birds and bats. A total of ten nesting boxes for swallows and two bat houses were installed. Less than a month after installation, at least two nesting boxes were occupied by tree swallows.
The Slocan River Streamkeepers will be enhancing four new sites in Spring 2019. We are hoping that in the long run it will help reduce the mosquito population in certain parts of the Slocan Valley. We will be monitoring the nesting boxes to document the use of the boxes by birds and bats.
The Slocan River Streamkeepers would like to thank our partners and supporters for this project: Darcie Quamme with Integrated Ecological Research, Slocan Solutions Society and SWAMP (Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project).
Special thanks to our Funders: Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program