Photo: Goose Spit Walk

 

Comox Valley Nature will be holding its Annual General Meeting February 17, 2019 at 7 pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay. The event will include Open House presentations of salient work and projects that CVN does around the valley.

The Comox Valley has a diversity of ecosystems ranging from marine intertidal estuaries, rivers, marshes, forest and subalpine mountain habitats. These habitats are home to an abundance of organisms. The Comox Valley naturalists have been a leading conservation force in the valley for the past 53 years and are responsible for the preservation of many of the valley’s green spaces and corridors.

Frank Hovenden will present an overview and report of the restoration work that the naturalists have done at the Courtenay Air Park since it was converted from a septic treatment site to the public jewel that is enjoyed every day by the hundreds of members of the public. Ernie Stefanik and Krista Kaptein will present a review of the weekly Trumpeter swan count and its status today. Kathleen Wilkinson will present a report of the recently formed Shoreline Group which has been collecting data on the biodiversity of our shorelines and the impacts of hard-shoring and climate change.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about nature in the Comox Valley, nature photography and developing environmental issues. 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, Marine & Shoreline, Conservation, 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 AndertonAve., 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/ .

 

Loys Maingon

Comox Valley Nature