"Blackie Spit is one of the best bird watching areas in Canada with almost 200 species of birds recorded in a calendar year.† The park is managed as a wildlife conservation area and habitat enhancement activities are ongoing throughout the park.

The sand bars are a favourite resting place for Harbour Seals and their pups.† The sandy spit, surrounded by tidal marsh and eelgrass beds, is an important stop for migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds, as they make their way up and down the coastline of North and South America.† Fall migrants start arriving in late August and September.† Spring migrants start arriving in mid-March and are generally gone by the end of May. "

Surrey Parks page

As owner of this web site this park is of special interest to me. The gentelman above, Rene Savenye taught me sciene at Princess Margaret High School in Surrey (1970 &71). He was a passionate amateur naturalist - he did some major work in keeping the natural condition of Blackie Spit by removing invasive plants that did not belong and would damage the location. He also went on outings over the years collecting fossils that dated back as far as 150 million years. He drew international acclaim in 1995 when he discovered what is believed to be the second oldest fossilized bee in the world. The bee, found near Merritt, is not at the museum but instead housed at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.

During his last hunt on July 26, 2002, the amateur naturalist was struck by lightning near Lake Louise. Rene Savenye died at 63 doing the work he passionately loved. - Allan Taylor (site owner)