Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, the Burns Bog Conservation Society is taking further precautions, by moving our mailing address to a PO Box.
So for the time being if you are mailing anything to us. Please mail it to
Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19, the Burns Bog Conservation Society is taking further precautions, by moving our mailing address to a PO Box.
So for the time being if you are mailing anything to us. Please mail it to
The Burns Bog Conservation Society is kicking off its 5th annual art contest, “A Bog’s Life!”
Create any form of art (Drawing, photography, sculpture, painting, writing, etc.) to illustrate one or more of the plants that naturally live in the bog. Such as: Sundew, Bog Blueberry, Bog Cranberry, Bog Laurel, Bog Rosemary, Cloudberry, and Labrador Tea, to name a few.
Art can also be of another aspect of the Burns Bog or the Delta Nature Reserve wildlife or environment. Art pieces must represent some aspect of Burns Bog/the Delta Nature Reserve.
Contest entry deadline April 3rd 2020
more details at https://burnsbog.org/art-contest-2020-details/
Join us on April 28th for our annual Earth Day Pilgrimage Walk to Burns Bog! Performers sing, drum, and dance as we walk through the Delta Nature Reserve. Recharge your spirits while surrounded by nature and good company. Join us in appreciating this natural green space in your community!
This year, our keynote speaker is Abhayjeet Singh Sachal, activist and co-founder of Break the Divide!
Performances include poetry from Celeste Ramsey and music from Aline LaFlamme and the Daughters of the Drum, and Susan Summers and the Sacred Web Singers.
Bring your friends and family to this free outdoor event and encourage them to step into nature!
In a world of TVs and tablets, we all know how easy it is to forget to unplug from technology and get outside. Think hard. Do you remember your best day of TV?
Give your kids a summer to remember at Burns Bog Summer Day Camps! Give them a place where they can make friends, learn something new, and explore the natural world.
For more information, check out our Summer Day Camps page:
Come for the run, stay for the fun!
Join us on July 21, 2019 at the Delta Nature Reserve for our annual Jog for the Bog!
Run or walk through the Delta Nature Reserve this summer to get your exercise in & to help protect one of earth’s natural ecosystems.
Join us for our annual Jog for the Bog event on International Bog Day. This annual event celebrates the beauty of bogs and help spread awareness of peatlands, their importance to all species & ecosystems, and the threats they face.
There will be live entertainment, hot pancakes, and breathtaking views. Bring your friends & family and discover this natural wonder right in your backyard!
For more information, check out our Jog for the Bog page:
Start up the bagpipes and bring out the haggis! Today is Robbie Burn’s day, or as it is commonly called, Burn’s Night. Every year Scots around the world honor Scotland’s best poet. The celebration takes place every year on his birthday, January 25th. The evening is a mix of song, speeches and food.
To start off, a prayer known as the Selkirk Grace is made in the Scottish tongue. If a bagpipe player is present then the meal begins with the serving of Haggis to the sound of bagpipes. Two more speeches are made known as “Address to the Haggis” and “Toast to the Haggis” before guests can eat.
An old-fashioned meal is served with haggis, a side of mashed turnips, swedes, and potatoes. To drink there is Scottish Whiskey (Peat is a key ingredient in Scottish Whiskey. It gives it that signature smoky flavor)! For dessert there is cranachan (A mix of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal) or Tipsy Laird (whisky trifle) followed by oatcakes and cheese.
The evening will then end with the host asking a guest to give the vote of thanks. This means guests will stand up, join hands and sing “Auld Lange Syne” one of Robert Burns’s most famous works.
Best of wishes to you and your loved ones this Burns Night!
Sincerely, Burns Bog Conservation Society
The Burns Bog Conservation Society launched its petition on November 16th, 2017, asking the Federal Government to enforce the Species at Risk Act legislation on boglands owned by MK Delta Lands Group and the Beedie Group (Pineland Peat).
The Federal Government set the precedent by stopping land development in La Prairie, Quebec. The Western Chorus frog (Pseudacris Triseriata) was at risk. This little frog is so small it can fit on your index finger. The Federal Government issued the order June 17, 2016. It effectively cut the planned development by 171 units.
There is more than one endangered species living on MK Delta Land Group’s land and Pineland Peat. And it’s time they were protected!
There are red and blue-listed species at risk on these lands!
These species depend on Burns Bog to give them a home. They simply don’t have anywhere else to go.
Insect populations are plummeting drastically, according to recent reports. This has a severe impact on wildlife and people. Insects are needed for pollination and feeding the birds.
We talk about the ‘birds and the bees’ being threatened when peatlands like Burns Bog are destroyed. We forget their role in the health of our fish, especially our salmon. Cool iron-laden water from the bog is key to their long-term survival. The salmon mill around at the mouth of the Fraser until the water is cool enough for them to head up-river to spawn.
Scientists in Europe have found that regenerated peatlands return to 90% of their former efficiency in storing carbon. Saving our disappearing peatlands is key if Canada is to meet its Climate Action goals.
I know you and I can’t do a lot to help stop the loss of wildlife elsewhere, but we can do something about it in our own backyard. That’s why I’m asking you to help me stop the destruction of our endangered wildlife right here in Delta!
Please sign the petition. Ask your friends and family to sign the petition.
Send your gift today to help me keep up the fight.
For now, the petition is available as a downloadable PDF. Please return your printed copy with as many signatures as you can get to:
4-7953 120th Street
Eliza Olson, President
If you are looking to spend a few hours volunteering to stuff, seal, and count envelopes, call our office
at 604-572-0373, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our volunteers, donors, sponsors, and supporters. Here are some of the things that you helped us achieve together this year.
– More than 62,000 of you came to visit the Delta Nature Reserve this year!
– A brand new outdoor classroom was built in the Nature Reserve, thanks to you!
– You gave 2,541 BC students the chance to explore Burns Bog on an interactive nature walk!
– Over 411 youth were active and learning outside at our Annual Stepping into Nature Festival, because of your gifts!
– More than 404 of you joined us at one of our 2017 events!
– You gave 137 kids the chance to make happy outdoor memories at Burns Bog Summer Day Camps!
– With your help, children across 9 different municipalities took part in our education programs!
– Over 920 guests experienced the Bog in a whole new way, through the thrilling mysteries of our Bog Escape Series!
– As of 2017, 18 memorial benches have been placed throughout the Delta Nature Reserve!
– And that doesn’t even account for the people who benefited from our boardwalk, started and completed by our sponsors and volunteers.
You continue to be a voice for Burns Bog when you continue to care.
Your gift today ensures you, your loved ones and your neighbours enjoy Burns Bog & the Delta Nature Reserve for years to come.
If you make your gift online before 9pm PST on December 31, you will get your 2017 tax receipt.
The Burns Bog Team
Staff: Eliza, Evelyn, Marcello, Mark, Nathalie
Our Board: Derek, Edward, David, Porsha, Nancy, Liz, and Richard
& all of our dedicated volunteers
Your gifts have touched thousands of people in your community, and we need your help to reach even more!
This holiday season, make your gift matter.
When you give to the Society, 100% of your donations are used to protect Burns Bog.
For donations over $10, we automatically send you a charitable tax receipt.
Is there someone on your list this year who is difficult to buy for? Adopt an Animal in the name of your friend or family member. Click HERE to see our collection of animals up for “adoption.”
Still thinking about what to get your favourite teacher for Christmas? How about a Teacher Resource manual? With Activities and Worksheets to match curriculum from grades K-12, any teacher would love this gift! Click HERE to check out our selection of Burns Bog Teacher Manuals.
Every child deserves the chance to discover and explore Burns Bog. Your gift today will get kids outside this summer at Burns Bog Summer Day Camps! Click HERE to make your donation!
The Burns Bog Conservation Society has created a petition to enact the Federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) and protect wildlife in Burns Bog. Your signature gives a home to animals that depend on Burns Bog. Click HERE to sign today!
Did you know that people are more likely to choose a company that supports a cause? Raise your corporate profile by supporting the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Click HERE to see a list of Burns Bog Events! Call us at 604-572-0373 to discuss sponsorship opportunities today!
With your help, we can give even more students a chance to learn more about Burns Bog and how we can protect it. Click HERE to give students a Field Trip they’ll remember!
Volunteers, we need your help to spread the word about the unique and wonderful Burns Bog! Do you have a few hours to stuff and seal envelopes? Give us a call at 604-572-0373 or email us at email@example.com to sign up today!
We’re looking for donations of the following items:
If you can help, call our office at 604-572-0373 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the holiday season by planning a party with a purpose. Trade in the gift-exchange for a donation box, put out a collection jar at the open bar, choose the winner of the holiday bake off by voting with your pocket change! Click HERE to check out our step-by-step guide to planning your festive fundraiser this holiday season.
The Stepping into Nature Festival connects environmental experts with local youth, and trains them to be environmental leaders in their community! Click HERE to inspired our youth to become eco-leaders of the future!
Show your support by sporting our Society swag! Click HERE to check out our coffee mugs and T-shirts!
Have you heard of the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation? The Foundation manages endowment funds and capital campaigns to support the ongoing work of the Society. Help us create a Burns Bog Interpretive Centre! Your gift today will protect Burns Bog for future generations. Click HERE to support the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation!
Along with our annual traditions of making merry with family and friends, we’re often reminded that this is a time of year for giving back. So, why not bring both of these traditions together for the ultimate feel-good holiday event!
Step 1: Pick Your Event-Type
Maybe you already have an annual holiday event in mind, or maybe you want to start a brand new tradition. Either way, anything can be a fundraiser! A staff party, family gift exchange, holiday bake off, corporate event, snowball fight, achieving a fitness goal… literally anything!
Give your guests the heads-up that this is more than just a party, it’s a Festive Fundraiser! Bring your wallet, folks.
Give your guests a reason to support your cause. Trade-in you gift exchange for a donation box. Ask for pledges to compete in your holiday bake-off. Get Creative! Tom Edwards, for example, left a donation jar on the open bar at his appreciation dinner. His guests gave $450!
You can give the money you raised online, over the phone, by mail, or simply stop by our office! We will be so happy to hear from you! (see our contact info below.)
Tell your guests how much you raised together. You’ll all feel good about paying it forward by giving back!
TIP: Third-party Fundraising works all year round, not just during the winter holidays. Raise your corporate profile by showing you care!
Burns Bog Conservation Society
4-7953 120 Street Delta BC V4C 6P6
604.572.0373 | email@example.com
With this collection of local animals, you’re likely to find the perfect gift for the nature-lover in your life!
For only $33, you can help protect this globally unique ecosystem and the animals that live here. Your help extends beyond this holiday season.
You will get an adoption certificate package that makes a great gift for any occasion. Every animal adoption comes with its own personal adoption certificate & fun facts about the animal you choose. Adopt one for yourself or for the nature-lover in your life – just let us know who to dedicate the animal to!
Greater Sandhill Crane, Black-tailed deer, Pacific tree frog, Snowshoe hare, Barn owl, Painted turtle, Southern red-backed vole, Banana slug
This Giving Tuesday, let’s make a lasting impression on today’s youth. With over 2,500 kids already reconnecting with nature through our education programs, YOU hold the power to engage even more. With your gift, you will help save, inspire, and educate children of all ages, about the importance of their natural environment – like Burns Bog and other peatlands.
So what are you waiting for? Make a difference today!
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“Peatlands are wetlands with a thick layer of organic soil. Peatlands cover only three percent of the global land area, but they store 30 percent of the world’s soil carbon.
In many parts of the world peatlands are drained and used for agriculture and forestry. When drained, peatlands become net sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to FAOSTAT estimates they contribute up to 1 Gigaton of GHG emissions per year through oxidation. This makes them the third largest emitter after crop and livestock agriculture and net forest conversion.
In addition, draining peatlands changes vegetation cover, erodes biodiversity, lowers water quality, increases the frequency of fires, causes land subsidence and can lead to other negative environmental consequences.”
Burns Bog is a raised bog ecosystem covering approximately 3,000 hectares of the Fraser River delta between the south arm of the Fraser River and Boundary Bay. The largest undeveloped urban landmass in North America, Burns Bog is globally unique because of its chemistry, form, flora and large size.
Though it took sphagnum mosses over 3000 years to form the Bog, human beings have destroyed half of it in the last century. Burns Bog has been isolated from surrounding areas by development. The animal population has been greatly reduced, and and some species have been pushed out entirely. Human development has harmed the bog’s water table and threatens its very survival. Highway 91, built in 1986, and the South Fraser Perimeter Road have cut directly into the bog, causing serious and lasting damage.
Peatlands and climate change go hand in hand.
View and download the “Peatland and Climate Change” info-graphic here!
The Burns Bog Beer and Wine Sampling Night was a huge hit! Over 90+ people attending made it a huge success!
“A BIG thank you” goes out to our sponsors (Four Winds Brewing, Peller Estates, Campari, and Strawberry Hill De Dutch with their gift certificates), silent auction donors (Backyard Vineyards, Luxe Beauty Lounge, Krause Berry Farms & Estates Winery, and especially Mayme Uyede), guests, volunteers, and hardworking staff. An even BIGGER thank you to pub One20 for hosting last night.
The appetizers were as tasty as ever, Lesismore music was as fantastic as always. No matter where you looked, people were having a good time.
Pub One20 really helped this year. Their marketing was great; the food was great, overall, great! You could see many happy guests using their $20 gift certificates.
Mark your calendars for August 16, 2018! Don’t forget to check out our website. Some people missed out this year because they didn’t.
Want to view some images of the event? Click HERE.
The sun was peeking through her blinds. Lauren Wolfe, the Event Coordinator for Jog for the Bog, made sure her alarm went off at the crack of dusk for the biggest Burns Bog event of the summer.
The Burns Bog Conservation Society staff has worked tirelessly for several weeks leading up to the event. With a 6:30 am start time, Lauren was determined to lead the Society staff in ensuring that this was the best Jog for the Bog yet!
The early hours of the morning consisted of carrying tables, chairs, signage, and a plethora of essential items across the Planet Ice parking lot. The volunteers’ extra hands and willingness to help made work easier.
As registration opened at 8:00 am, the Jog was in full swing. Participants, speakers, and performers were arriving at the event, and exhibitors began setting up their tents.
Lauren looked around and breathed a sigh of relief. The participants are excited to start their run, and speakers and performers were getting ready just in time for their sets.
The Burns Bog Conservation Society staff would like to thank Steve Erickson, Sports Broadcaster for the Delta Cable, who emceed the event. He introduced Sunni Yoga, who made sure the participants were pumped up and ready to go before their run. He also introduced the amazing performers, Joshua Job and rapper Rob Martirosian. Joshua Job’s exquisite vocal range captivated the crowd, while Rob Martirosian’s original lyrics provoked the joggers’ minds.
Mr. Erickson also announced speakers Carla Qualtrough, Delta’s Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Ravi Kahlon, North Delta’s MLA and BC’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sport & Multiculturalism. They embody the values of sportsmanship and inclusion; values that the Burns Bog Conservation Society upholds at all their events.
Beyond the stage, many kinds of people helped in ensuring the event flowed smoothly. Louie Maione of CCC, also known as the “King of Cones,” made sure that the participants did not lose their way during the race. Running Room supplied the runners’ bibs and TRIO Events oversaw the participants’ run times. Metro Vancouver set up a booth for families to learn about Burns Bog. Vector bars, generously donated by Marty Wanless, and Cobs Bread scones were available for participants to eat before the race. De Dutch served hot pancake breakfasts after the joggers arrived at the finish line. Without the help of these organizations, the joggers would not have enjoyed the event nearly as much as they could have.
The Burns Bog Conservation Society values all who came together to make the event fun and enjoyable. By participating in Jog for the Bog, you are helping us protect Burns Bog from development. You are helping us fund our education programs, such as the Summer Day Camps, the Stepping Into Nature Festival, and our various tour guides. Because of you, we can protect Burns Bog and create a clean, sustainable present and future, for you and your children. Thank you, and we hope to see you next year!
Let’s be honest – De Dutch pancakes are out of this world. What better way to treat yourself with these pancakes than on a day of physical exertion? And best of all, it’s free when you register!
You’ll be running, jogging, or strolling along the Delta Nature Reserve. You’ll also feel the energy from Burns Bog. Burns Bog is a place of tranquility in the outdoors, and you’d love to stay there after your race!
Fall is the unofficial race season, and Jog for the Bog will help you meet your fitness goals for fall. Whether you’re training for a race or doing it for fun, Jog for the Bog will still give you lots of benefits. During the race, you keep your heart rate elevated for more than half an hour, which means you increase your endurance and your focus.
Seeing the light at the end of the trail gives us all hope. And once you cross that finish line, you forget all your problems, and you focus on what you’ve just done – complete a race! You will feel the rush of endorphins throughout your body, giving you that post-race glow.
All proceeds from Jog for the Bog will go towards the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s efforts in raising awareness about Burns Bog. This is done through our education programs, including the Summer Day Camps, fieldtrips, and tour guides. We believe that educating children will lead to more environment-conscious people in the future!
We are proud to announce that our annual Golf Tournament has been sponsored by the BC Lions and the Whitecaps FC — and we are giving away tickets for their games!
The Golf Tournament will hold a silent auction on a range of exciting goodies, including the highly prized tickets for the games. If you are a registered golfer at our Golf Tournament, you will have a chance to win:
BC Lions tickets:
2 Touchdown Endzone tickets to a 2017 regular season home game
Whitecaps FC tickets:
4 Southsiders section (7 rows behind the corner flag of the pitch) tickets to a home game
Our 4th annual Charity Golf Tournament will be taking place on June 8th, 2017, at the Delta Golf Club. In addition to club-swinging and prize-winning, you will also be fine-dining!
Spots are filling up quick–register now before they’re gone.
All proceeds will go towards Burns Bog Conservation Society’s efforts to conserve Burns Bog.
Thank you so much to all of you for making the Earth day pilgrimage to Burns Bog a success! Thank you for coming out and celebrating nature together. We could not have done it without you and hope you enjoyed the pilgrimage as much as we did! A big thank you to our hard working volunteers as well. Many hands really do make work light, and we thank you for giving up your free time to come help.
I would also like to thank each and every one of our performers and guest speakers. You made the Pilgrimage that much more special with the gift of your voice to the community. To the esteemed Imam Tariq Azeem, your message on the Gifts of Islam brought a much needed clarity on its teachings to all of us. I also wanted to thank Liz Walker for her amazing display of the coal trains, helping spread the word of the harmful effects of coal.
To Aline La Flamme and the Daughters of the Drum, your performance was like a musical gateway. At the start of the pilgrimage you helped all of us enter into the spirit of nature. Thank you to the South Fraser Unitarian Singers and their beautiful performance of “Gaia” and “One World One Voice.” Susan Summers and the Sacred Web Singers, your singing helped us finish the pilgrimage on a positive note! And of course we would love to thank Mr. Acharya Dwivedi for his lovely closing prayer. (We also have the pleasure of having Mr. Dwivedi as a part of our board).
We value you all and are inspired by your love for nature. You all recognize the earth as something valuable to all people regardless of culture or creed. We breathe the same air and walk the same soil. Because of you we can protect Burns Bog and create a clean, sustainable future now, and for future generations. Thank you.
Have You Thought About Joining The Guardians Club?
I gave a talk to a local mens group several years ago, afterwards one of them said,
“I have limited finances so I like to give ten dollars each month to each of my favorite organizations.”
That started the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Guardians’ Club. Why the guardians club?
I envision each member silently standing guard protecting Burns Bog for future generations. Become a Guardians Club member today.
Choose the gift you want to give each month. ($5, $10, $15, your choice) You’ll be glad you did.
Eliza Olson President
(P.S. I’m a Guardians Club Member)
Visit our website and give today
The Baitur Rahman Mosque will be hosting a panel of four different religious faiths. This will take place following the Burns Bog Earth Day Pilgrimage. Each speaker will give a presentation followed by a Q and A period. The details are as follows
Sunday April 23, 2017
4:30pm to 6:30pm *Dinner included*
Baitur Rahman Mosque
9570 River Road, Delta, BC
The panel will include speakers from:
Islam, Catholic, Mennonite & Latter-day Saint
Q & A will follow the presentations.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Vancouver, BC
In partnership with
The Surrey Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Immaculate Conception Parish, Delta BC
Cedar Park Church Mennonite Brethren, Delta, BC
If you or the organization you work for is seeking funding for peatland research, then you may be interested in this years’ Peatland Grant from the International Peatland Society (IPS). In memory of Allan Robertson, First Honorary President of the IPS in 2015, the International Peatland Society has launched grants of up to € 500 (or $700 Canadian) to peatland research. The grant is also open to international applicants. So whether you need new research equipment, or money to cover your travel costs, you can apply for this funding to help with your research.
The deadline for applications is April 30th. Please apply DIRECTLY through their website. The Burns Bog Conservation Society wishes you the best in your application! For more information, visit the International Peatlands Society website at:
Please note that this funding is not provided by the Burns Bog Conservation Society.