Welcome to our third “A Day in the Life Of..” blog post. We once again get to see what our Education & Outreach Assistant Shannon, has been up to in her first couple of months at SSISC.
Another week here at SSISC has come and gone, and this one was an exciting one! As I said in my last blog post, I would write a bit more about the Friends of the Library Plant Sale that was hosted on Saturday. It turned out to be a beautiful day, with lots of people in attendance, and quite a few of them coming over to chat with us at our table! We had many people come over and talk to us about invasive species that they’ve found in their backyards, or along parts of the valley trail. We even had some people mistake us for selling plants because I may have indulged and bought a couple of plants myself and had them on display. Everyone who came over to us, whether it was a for a short chat or a long conversation, was genuinely interested in the information that we had to share and willing to talk with us, and even share some new information with us!
This week I also got to participate in my first community weed pull. I got the chance to educate a class of grade 7’s from Spring Creek Elementary on Common Burdock. We talked about invasive species in general and what they do to our ecosystems and then zeroed in on Burdock. We spoke a bit about how it spreads, what it looks like and how it effects the ecosystems that it takes over. The kids all seemed very interested and eager in getting rid of the Burdock that we found behind Olive’s Community Market, and they got extra excited when they saw that there were two pick-axes that they were going to be able to use. We ended up removing and filling 4 large garbage bags of Burdock, which is what I would consider a successful weed pull.
I was also able to conduct another Yellow Flag Iris Patrol Training for Whistler Eco Tours this past week, and hopefully more trainings will be organized for the future. This Saturday, I get to go to D’Arcy (my first time EVER after living in Whistler for 3.5 years), and set up our booth for the “Clean, Drain, Dry” program. It should be an exciting week!
We would like to give a big thank you to the Community Foundation of Whistler for its grant that is allowing Shannon to be employed by SSISC all summer long.