A pedestrian bridge crossing a tributary of Maple Creek, known locally as “Boundary Creek” or the “Swamp Crossing”. The stream eventually flows into the Trent River before draining into Baynes Sound near Royston.

The Comox Valley is fortunate to have a number of streams, rivers and wetlands that form important habitats for a variety of plant and animal species. Water is obviously also essential for the residents of our area. However, land development, pollution, climate change and other pressures require that wetlands be monitored and managed sustainably. Three years ago parts of the Cumberland wetlands dried up for the first time in memory. A group of residents installed five staff gauges in the wetlands and started taking weekly readings. The hundredth reading was just completed and the next phase is a comprehensive wetlands management plan. A Wetlands Symposium is proposed for the spring of 2019 to bring together professionals and the public to discuss the future of Cumberland’s wetlands and increase public awareness of the benefits of the Cumberland wetlands.

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture. Join Steve Morgan for an illustrated talk entitled: “An overview of the current situation in the Cumberland Wetlands: hydrology, beaver activity, human impacts, both positive and negative and the proposed development activity”. The lecture is on Sunday September 16, 2018 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Steve is a resident of Cumberland and has been involved in monitoring wetlands in the area. He is in the process of organizing a wetlands symposium to be held in May 2019. This is an opportunity for the public to learn more about wetlands and contribute ideas and suggestions for the upcoming symposium.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with 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 Ave., 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/


David Innes

Vice President, Comox Valley Nature