Endangered species recovery underway in DeltaEndangered species recovery underway in Delta<div class="ExternalClass5923FE8D19A94D12947E5B6403C34EC9"><p>One of Canada’s most endangered plant species is getting a helping hand at Deas Island Regional Park in the City of Delta. </p><p>Streambank Lupine (Lupinus rivularis) exists in only seven small populations in all of Canada. Habitat for the plant, which produces beautiful lavender-coloured flowers in late spring, has been lost to urbanization over the past century. </p><p>In 2010, with approval from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, the Streambank Lupine Recovery Team – a federally appointed group of specialists - planted a small number of seeds (from one of the other endangered populations) at Deas Island Regional Park. The first couple of years produced just a few seedlings, but subsequent years produced flowering plants, more seedlings — and ultimately more seeds.</p><p>Today, the population continues to grow, and is the only endangered Streambank Lupine population within a protected area. It has also become an important resource for researchers monitoring the population. Some basic information about the species is still unknown, such as the lifespan of individual plants and seedling survival rate. Research is also underway into the plants’ response to changing climate conditions.</p><p>Metro Vancouver Regional Parks continues to work with the Streambank Lupine Recovery Team to protect the future of this species in the region.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue43-deasisland.jpg2018-05-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#c0baf3c1-0486-4c55-bb41-a9db2cb32bdd;L0|#0c0baf3c1-0486-4c55-bb41-a9db2cb32bdd|Issue 43;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass8E6FB24E11294CB991806B8A8564875D"><p>​One of Canada’s most endangered plant species - the Streambank Lupine (Lupinus rivularis) -- is getting a helping hand at Deas Island Regional Park in the City of Delta after declining in the wake of urbanization. </p></div>0