Comox Valley Nature is pleased to support the Marmot Recovery Foundation’s work on Mount Washington by hosting a lecture of public interest on the status of Vancouver Island’s iconic endangered species. As many of Canada’s endangered species, these marmots one of many native species that have been adversely impacted by development over the past 50 years. Ironically, Vancouver Island marmots are safest in the alpine ski environments which predators avoid.. Their recovery is a win-win for Mt. Washington’s tourism economy and for the conservation of the valley’s natural history.

The Vancouver Island Recovery Foundation needs public support to raise about $100k to re-open a captive breeding programme on Mt. Washington. Although recovery efforts over the past decade have increased the numbers of Vancouver Island Marmots to about 250 inviduals, numbers over the past couple of years have declined dramatically down to about 150.

Adam Taylor, Executive director of The Marmot Recovery Foundation will illustrated talk is entitled: “Groundhog Days: Vancouver Island Marmot Decline and Recovery.” The lecture is on Sunday, November 19 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton, Courtenay. This is an opportunity for the public to get behind BC’s endangered species recovery.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/

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