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March eNewsletter

Dear friends of Colony Farm,

Colony Farm Park Association is excited to start sending out an eNewsletter!


  • TMX update
  • Sheep Paddocks stewardship & monitoring program
  • Call for volunteers!
Kiyoshi and Minako Takahashi protesting near the park entrance.

Trans Mountain Update

In the Fall of 2020, Trans Mountain was granted a two year permit to use 11 acres of Colony Farm Regional Park as a temporary construction site to assemble the pipeline before it is drilled under the Fraser River. The permit is for 2 years and was negotiated behind closed doors with no public consultation or inclusion of Kwikwetlem First Nations. 

Access to the park to begin the project was slated to be on March 8, but just recently a decision was made between Metro Vancouver and Transmountain to grant them access a week earlier than planned (as of March 1). 

Colony Farm Park Association does not see construction of a pipeline to be a compatible land use at Colony Farm Regional Park. We are opposed to this proposed use of a protected Park as a construction site. You can read our full statements on our website.

Our petition has gathered nearly 17,000 signatures. Please consider signing if you haven’t already!

Sign the petition!
We participated in the Families for the Future event on Family Day to protest the pipeline and Colony Farm being used as a staging site.

We have created a virtual tour of the perimeter trail showing its key species habitats.

On Sunday March 7th, we will join fellow community members and groups at the Parks Not Pipelines event to protest the Transmountain Pipeline Expansion. We encourage you all to join this event and ensure you read the guidelines on their website. For more information visit the event page.

Sheep Paddocks Stewardship & Monitoring

In 2021, Colony Farm Park Association will be running volunteer stewardship events and a citizen science monitoring program around the newly built wetland on the Sheep Paddocks trail. With the help of a volunteer team, we will monitor birds, amphibians, fish, water quality, and invasive species in and around the Sheep Paddocks wetlands.

We will also help maintain and enhance the habitat around the wetlands. The new wetland site is being considered for potential Western Painted Turtle recovery efforts. The island in the middle of the new wetland was constructed as a nesting beach, and we will be monitoring water quality this year to ensure it is acceptable for the release of juvenile turtles.

Along the new Sheep Paddocks trail, there are also 2 older wetlands constructed in 2005 and 2009, and a wildflower meadow planted across from the new wetland. The river bank north of the wetland was reinforced with riprap material to prevent undercutting and fish habitat structures were installed there.

We will need to watch closely to prevent the re-colonization of invasive plant species, and remove them before they can take over. But it’s not all invasive species management - we have a variety of other stewardship activities planned! We will overseed the wildflower meadow with a native seed mix, pull Red Alder around the new wetland plantings, keep the turtle nesting beach clear of vegetation, and install a new wildlife habitat planting in the fall.

Exoskeletons of dragonfly larvae cling to rushes near the edge of the new wetland, where they emerged to become adults in August 2020.
Wetlands are biodiversity hotspots, and can be home to an abundance of wildlife. Even though the new wetland was only completed at the end of 2019, many creatures have already started to move in. Last summer, a pair of Spotted Sandpipers attempted to breed on the beach, and it was used by several species of ducks (including a female Hooded Merganser and her gaggle of fluffy ducklings), Canada Geese, and Belted Kingfishers. Cooper’s Hawks foraged along the forest edge, and Tree Swallows swooped for insects above the trail. Dragonflies that had emerged from the water patrolled the edges of the wetland for prey.
Above: Juvenile Western Toad and Red-legged Frog.

We had some exciting amphibian sightings: a juvenile Red-legged frog and Western Toadlets, plus Northwestern Salamander egg masses found in one of the older wetlands. We are eager to survey for amphibian egg masses this spring to see who may be breeding in the wetlands!

To document wildlife and plant sightings, we will promote the citizen science app iNaturalist, and participate in a spring event in the Regional Parks. We encourage everyone to take photos anywhere in the park and upload them on the app!

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer opportunities this year include stewardship events, citizen science monitoring, and virtual education and outreach.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email

We will be sending out updates in invitations to interested volunteers as we adapt our plans evolving pandemic restrictions.

For the latest on our activities you can also follow us on social media @colonyfarmparkassociation (on Facebook and Instagram). If you want to pass along the link, anyone can subscribe to the eNewsletter here -

Email if you have stories or photos to share with CFPA. You could be featured in a future newsletter!

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