Comox Valley Nature is pleased to re-start its monthly free public nature walk series – there is no charge to participants. As part of its educational mandate Comox Valley Nature invites the public to monthly public nature interpretive walks to experience and understand local sites of environmental interest. This year CVN will be partnering through the spring and summer with Strathcona Wilderness institute to offer public educational walks, which will complement a series of courses and workshops which will be offered by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute at Mt. Washington.
As in the past, this introductory walk will be along the upper reaches of the Puntledge River, from the outlet of Comox Lake. The talk will discuss the impacts of the dam, and the flora and and fauna that is associated with the wetlands that have formed along the upper reaches of the Puntledge. The area is home to a number of special native plants that are normally found at higher elevations and are infrequent in this range, such as Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum). This is a unique adventure for local rhododendron enthusiasts!
The walk will be led by Dr. Loys Maingon (RPBio) (retired President of Comox Valley Nature. ) Interested participants are invited to meet either in front of the Old Church Theatre on Harmston Ave, in Courtenay on Sunday June 10 at 9:00 am, or at at Comox Lake at 9:30AM. at the Upper Dam in the parking lot just before the bridge. (Follow Comox Lake Road and turn right at the Rod and Gun Club). Participants are encouraged to wear good shoes and dress accordingly.
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, Environmental heritage, Marine Foreshore, 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 $3 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/ or Loys Maingon at 250-331-0143. And anyone interested in becoming CVN president should feel free to inquire!