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Environmentalists to make pilgrimage to bog

Event to highlight threatened species & ecosystems

The annual Pilgrimage to Burns Bog takes place on Sunday, April 21 during Earth Day weekend.

The community will gather at the Delta Nature Reserve to hear speakers discuss endangered species and ecosystems, with a special emphasis on current threats to Burns Bog.

Anne Murray, noted naturalist and author, is the keynote speaker. She will be joined by environmental campaigners Ben West and Joe Foy, speaking on the theme of environmental stewardship and respect.

Guy Gentner, retiring MLA for Delta North, and former Vancouver city councillor Fred Bass will share some of the long history of conservation in local communities.

Burns Bog Conservation Society president Eliza Olson and the founder of the Aboriginal Red Door Society, Aline LaFlamme, will also speak.

The event will include musical performances by the Singers of the Sacred Web, Nick Epperson, Jane Slemon and Bob Ennenberg.

This inclusive, cross-cultural event is free to the public, and a safe space for people of all ages. The festival begins at 1 p.m., the welcoming ceremony at 2 p.m. and the pilgrimage walk goes from 2: 15 to 4 p.m.

Free parking is available thanks to Planet Ice, with the festival a short walk away.