Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture by Dorrie Woodward and Barbara Mills from the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS). They will present ADIMS many efforts to advocate for, and protect the vital marine ecosystem surrounding Denman Island. The lecture entitled “Advocating for the Baynes Sound marine ecosystem one step at a time” is on Sunday January 19, 2020 and will start after introductions at 7:00pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Since 50% of all oxygen that we breathe comes from the Ocean, protecting the marine environment is an important aspect of addressing the climate crisis. Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel comprise an ecosystem that is essential to the survival of the Pacific Food Web. Working to decrease the impacts of human activities and support its ecological resiliency is a complex task. Through photos and video, Dorrie and Barb will provide unique insight into the importance of these waters, and the factors that threaten them. They will also share the many initiatives that the Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS) have embarked upon to advocate for this irreplaceable marine ecosystem.

Barb and Dorrie are on the board of directors for ADIMS and full-time residents of Denman Island. They have worked with islanders, scientists, politicians, First Nations, and government in order to shed a light on the importance and fragility of this marine ecosystem. Through petitions, articles, Power Points, and advocacy to government panels, they have slowly influenced awareness and change.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about efforts to protect a valuable marine ecosystem.

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 or 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

VP, Comox Valley Nature