TIDELINES

 

                  

 

 

 

Autumn 2002

 

 

 


 Apology  from  editor

1001 apologies from your editor (Margaret Dragu) for 2 errors in the summer Tidelines issue. I spelled Edwin’s last name incorrectly: it should be Huovinen. Also, he is holding up a gorgeous sockeye salmon -- not a cohoe as I erroneously printed. My apologies to Edwin and all the Tideline readers!

 

WOODY WOOD PECKER

There have been many sightings of many kinds of woodpeckers this autumn including the western flickers, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, sapsuckers, and the infamous pileated woodpecker. The pileated woodpecker  is enormous, noisy and a joy to have frequent Finn Slough.

With the virtual disappearance of the Ivory-billed woodpecker, the Pileated Woodpecker has become the largest woodpecker found locally. Approaching the crow in size, the pileated woodpecker was the model for the famous cartoon character Woody Woodpecker – that is, in Woody’s World War II version – (not his later cutesified ‘60’s TV image.) The pileated woodpecker spends a lot of time on the forest floor feeding on the fallen trees where carpenter ants are abundant and feeding in dead trees. The woodpeckers deal with the insects infesting dead and dying trees.  Not a lot of help to the dead and dying tree you'd say.  But their control of those insects is crucial for the health of the rest of the trees and shrubs in the area.  And it is an argument for NOT tidying up natural areas.  The dead and dying plant life fosters these birds. The cyclical nature of ecology is such that death is generative, and fosters life.  Woodpeckers demonstrate this daily. The practice of 'cleaning up' a woodland area of dead wood almost guarantees the absence of this grand species.

Pileated Woodpecker With Young

 

ATTENTION ARTISTS !!!


The tremendously popular “Art About Finn Slough Show”  will take place again  at the Richmond Cultural Centre March  28th, 29th, and 30th  2003.  This is an early heads up so people can think about it – paint, draw, photograph, sculpt etc. – and encourage their friends and neighbours to do likewise.

 


 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

 

  1. Sign our petition to save Finn Slough. Need a copy? Phone/Fax/E-mail us.
  2. Get friends/neighbours /co-workers to sign our petition.
  3. Do you have photos of Finn Slough before 1950? We would love to have a copy for our archives!

 

 


YOU ARE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE FINN SLOUGH HERITAGE & WETLAND SOCIETY

 

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Tyee Room

Steveston Community Centre

4111 Moncton Street in Steveston

Please bring a savory or sweet as tea, coffee and soup shall be provided.  See you there !

 

 

HOW CAN YOU REACH US?






FINN SLOUGH HERITAGE & WETLAND SOCIETY

9480 Dyke Road
Richmond, BC
V7A 2L5
Email: tidetables@hotmail.com
Web: www.finnslough.com
Phone:  604-878-FINN (3466)