Environment

‘Observation Challenge’ at Seal Bay Nature Park.

‘Observation Challenge’ at Seal Bay Nature Park.

“The Observation Challenge is designed to encourage people to spend time in the park and look for 12 ‘things’ along the 7.3-km multi-use Forest Loop trail,” explains Perrin. [The Coast Salish name for Forest Loop is ‘ʔayigən’, pronounced ‘eye-eee-gin’.] “My friend, Anne Smythe, and I had fun riding through Seal Bay to identify items and then I created a list of 12 clues. Things to look for can be natural or man-made and, with the exception of the first one being close to the parking lot, all items are located on — and visible from — the Forest Loop trail. We encourage all participants to stay on the designated trails and to practice the BCHBC’s commitment to ‘Leave no trace.’ Be sure to pack a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes because it takes about two hours to leisurely walk the Forest Loop.”

Learn About Microplastics In Baynes Sound

Microplastics have emerged as one of the most ubiquitous global pollutants and can enter the marine food web either via direct consumption or by trophic transfer by consuming animals that have taken up microplastics. Researchers from the University of British Columbia worked closely with the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards and the K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen in 2019 to establish a baseline of microplastic concentration and composition in and around Baynes Sound and to estimate microplastic consumption and uptake by zooplankton, larval herring, and juvenile herring.

Comox Valley Naturalists Working to Protect Wetland Areas

This has been a challenging season for the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (CVN) Wetlands Restoration group not least because of COVID-19 restrictions. A small but dedicated group of CVN volunteers continued stewardship activities primarily in Little River Nature Park and Courtenay Airpark.

CVN Invites The Public To Learn About Humpback Whales In Our Waters

The fortunate increase of Humpbacks along BC’s coast is a game changer for vessels of all sizes. It is essential for boaters to know how unpredictable Humpbacks can be. They are often oblivious of boats and do not have the biosonar/echolocation of toothed whales like Orca. They can suddenly surface after long dives and are often moving in unpredictable patterns whereby, if it is assumed that they are travelling in a straight line, risk of collision is increased. The preliminary results of MERS research also indicate how severe a threat entanglement is with ~50% of the Humpback Whales having scarring from entanglement. These are the survivors. Most whales who die from collision or entanglement sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Learn About Microplastics In Baynes Sound

Learn About Microplastics In Baynes Sound

Microplastics have emerged as one of the most ubiquitous global pollutants and can enter the marine food web either via direct consumption or by trophic transfer by consuming animals that have taken up microplastics. Researchers from the University of British Columbia worked closely with the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards and the K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen in 2019 to establish a baseline of microplastic concentration and composition in and around Baynes Sound and to estimate microplastic consumption and uptake by zooplankton, larval herring, and juvenile herring.

Comox Valley Naturalists Working to Protect Wetland Areas

Comox Valley Naturalists Working to Protect Wetland Areas

This has been a challenging season for the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (CVN) Wetlands Restoration group not least because of COVID-19 restrictions. A small but dedicated group of CVN volunteers continued stewardship activities primarily in Little River Nature Park and Courtenay Airpark.

Take a gamble for Kus-kus-sum!

Take a gamble for Kus-kus-sum!

Want to take a gamble for Kus-kus-sum? Join Project Watershed and LIFT for Festive Cheer at Match Eatery and Public House/Chances Casino. Every year LIFT hosts a Festive Cheer party as a fun way to wrap up their year of networking events and a FUNdraiser for a local charity. Project Watershed and the Kus-kus-sum project have been the recipients two years in a row. “ We are honored to be chosen again this year. It is just in time for our final push to raise the money needed to acquire and restore the property!”

Courtenay Elementary Winter Market

Courtenay Elementary Winter Market

Courtenay Elementary PAC committee is hosting a Winter Market on Dec. 7, 2019. We will have a wide variety of 40 vendors, silent auction, bake sale, Santa visiting us at noon and much more.

In Search of the Real Wolf

In Search of the Real Wolf

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture featuring author Paula Wild. “In Search of the Real Wolf” features striking images of wolves, as well as some little-known facts. The lecture is on Sunday Nov. 17, 2019 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

24 Hours of Reality: Climate Truth in Action

24 Hours of Reality: Climate Truth in Action

The Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship will join The Climate Reality Project for “24 Hours of Reality: Climate Truth in Action,” a day that is about mobilizing a worldwide conversation about the climate crisis and how we solve it on November 20th.
Climate Reality Leader volunteers from across the globe will lead presentations and conversations in countries around the world. The presentations will focus on the climate crisis, what it means for us in our everyday lives, and the solutions already in our hands. Worldwide, more than 20,000 Climate Reality Leaders have been personally trained by Vice President Al Gore to give updated versions of the slideshow made famous in his book An Inconvenient Truth and the subsequent documentary by the same name.

EV’s and Bio Fuels Driving To Paris & Beyond.

EV’s and Bio Fuels Driving To Paris & Beyond.

Randy Chatterjee of the Comox Valley Electric Vehicle Association (CVEVA) will host a discussion on everything to do with electric cars, from solar charging to range anxiety. Hal Hewett will present on biofuels, appropriate technology and localized energy. Randy and Hal will explain the merits and drawbacks of the various systems and be open for questions.

Great Bear Rainforest Film Screens Nov. 5

Great Bear Rainforest Film Screens Nov. 5

Journey via film to Whale Point and Fin Island research outposts in the Great Bear coastal region and meet the remarkable people who call this place home including leaders of the Gitga’at First Nation and whale researchers Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray.

Will momentum for orca protection continue?

Will momentum for orca protection continue?

For almost 30 years Georgia Strait Alliance has been fighting to protect Southern Residents. Today the population consists of only 73 individuals – the outlook is bleak

Perseverance Week major opportunity for Cumberland Forest!

Perseverance Week major opportunity for Cumberland Forest!

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has been presented with an incredible opportunity thanks to a generous donor who has offered a “magic match’ for the week of October 24th to 31st. Up to $50,000 will be matched, dollar for dollar, from special events and donor drives for the last week of October. That’s $100,000 in forest saving fundraising potential. This week long campaign called “Perseverance Week” is filled with events and initiatives to celebrate the Cumberland Forest community and their efforts to projects the forests, creeks and wetlands surrounding the Village of Cumberland and in the Perseverance Watershed.