Comox Valley Nature has a number of active groups focussed on nature and the environment. These include: Birders, Botany, Courtenay Airpark, Weekend Walkers, Conservation, Garry Oaks, Environmental Heritage & Culture, Photography, Shoreline, Swan Count, Tree of the Year, Wetland Restoration.

The Annual General Meeting on Sunday, February 16, 2020 will highlight brief presentations by the Marine and Shoreline Group and the Birders Group. In addition, Gabriel Bau Baiges (former CVN Secretary) will present an update of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service Capital projects. The presentations will start after introductions at 7:00pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

The Marine and Shoreline Group, led by geologist Randal Mindell, have monthly fieldtrips to explore the intertidal during the day as well as at night. The field trips highlight the geology, seaweeds, invertebrates and the occasional intertidal fish found in the local area. The presentation will summarise the observations from some of these field trips during 2019.

Birders have a monthly meeting as well as informal outings for CVN members. This is a great way to learn bird identification, meet people, and explore new locales within the Comox Valley. There are three Bird Counts conducted by CVN: annual Spring count, annual Christmas count, and weekly Trumpeter Swan counts in winter. Kelly Kline (Birder Group leader) will present a summary of the 2019 Christmas bird count.

Gabriel is a Professional Engineer with 20 years of experience managing solid and liquid waste projects. Gabriel is currently working for the Comox Valley Regional District to open a new compost facility and improve the condition of our landfills. Gabriel will provide an overview of the projects he is leading within the Comox Strathcona Waste Management service. This overview includes projects on protecting our environment through the management of our garbage, the closure of landfills and opening of new recycling programs.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the activities of Comox Valley Nature.

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