WELCOME TO SURREY'S GREEN TIMBERS URBAN FOREST

Are you ready for a new challenge? Do you like nature, trees, and -- most importantly -- people? The Green Timbers Heritage Society is looking for a few people able to take this institution (est. 1989) to the next level with fresh thinking, a positive attitude and an understanding of how to work with volunteers and branches of City government. Ideal for retired people with an interest in preserving natural areas. 

We have several positions opening up in November, 2014:

1.  President: as chair of the organization you will be responsible for the overall direction of the society, be familiar with the history and challenges facing this unique urban forested area, and be willing and able to communicate effectively with different stakeholders. You should be comfortable with email, the phone and meeting people. Time commitment: up to 5 hours a week.

2.  Treasurer: The Green Timbers Heritage Society is involved in the administration of different projects, including the Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP). The budget is over $150,000. You will be responsible for writing cheques, demanding receipts and keeping the books in order. It helps if you know which side of the ledger credits and debits are. Time commitment: up to 5 hours a month.

3.  Directors-at-large: We're also looking for people to help with other projects. Time commitment: whatever you can give.

If you're interested in education and preserving and enhancing the Green Timbers Urban Forest please send an email to GreenTimbersSociety@gmail.com.

Bewick's Wren

Bewick's Wren - Passeriformes Troglodytidae Thryomanes bewickii

 
 
 

Identification & Description:
• Small gray and brown songbird.
• Long, thin, slightly decurved bill
• Bold white supercilium
• Gray-brown upperparts
• Grayish-white underparts
• Wings and tail barred with black
• Long tail has white corners and is frequently held upright
• Dark legs
• Sexes similar
• Moderately long tail often held cocked over back.
• Thin pointed bill.
• Long white stripe over eye.
• Size: 13 cm (5 in)
• Weight: 8-12 g (0.28-0.42 ounces)

Similar species:
The Bewick's Wren can be distinguished from House and Rock Wrens by its bold white supercilium. Carolina Wren is rustier above and buffier below. Marsh Wren has a streaked back.

Life History Groupings
• Migration Status: Short distance migrant
• Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
• Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
• Nest Type: Cavity
• Clutch Size: 4-11
• Length of Incubation: 12-14 days
• Days to Fledge: 14
• Number of Broods: >1?
• Diet: Primarily: Insects

Facts
• The severe declines of Bewick's Wren in the eastern United States coincided with range expansion in the House Wren. It is suspected that the House Wren, which frequently removes eggs from nests in cavities, was directly responsible for the decline. The increased availability of nest boxes may have helped the spread of the House Wren, and therefore the decline of the Bewick's Wren.

• The male Bewick's Wren learns its song while still on the parents' territory. It learns the song not from its father, but rather from the neighboring territorial males. The song repertoire developed before the first winter is retained for life.

Other Names
Troglodyte de Bewick (French)
Chivirín cola obscura (Spanish)

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