The Bishop Wild Bird Foundation removed existing turf at their sanctuary in Coldstream in favour of a water conserving native plant and wildlife garden. This not-for-profit organization, with the volunteer efforts of numerous community partners, converted a large area of turf into a xeriscape garden with drip irrigation, new trails, educational signage, and bird features such as nest boxes and feeders.
This project addresses the environmental issues of both water conservation and water quality as seepage from the project area naturally flows back into the adjacent Kalamalka Lake. The conversion will also serve as a demonstration for public education and awareness of the benefits and options for those looking to reduce their water usage.
The Foundation’s future plans include the development and hosting of public workshops as they continue their efforts to reconnect people with the natural habitats of birds and other wildlife.