Delta is moving forward with its birds and biodiversity conservation strategy and the opportunity to promote Delta’s natural heritage at the upcoming 2018 Ornithological Congress.
Civic councillors approved a staff recommendation earlier this month to execute a contribution agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada that provides $40,000 to Delta projects related to birds and biodiversity.
Delta also pledged to support the 2018 Ornithological Congress events held in the community through its social media communications and field trip logistics support.
The Delta Naturalists’ Society first made its request to Delta in November 2015 to develop a birds and biodiversity strategy in cooperation with the organization. A subsequent staff report outlining the request was endorsed by council in February of 2016.
According to a Delta staff report, the development of the strategy has been done through three workshops that included reps from the Naturalists’ Society, environmental community groups, the agriculture community, tourism and business associations, federal and regional government staff, and Delta staff from various departments.
Next year’s Ornithological Congress, which is the oldest and most prestigious meeting for bird scientists occurring every four years, is expected to bring more than 500 delegates to Delta for various birding opportunities, including field trips to Boundary Bay and Roberts Bank.