On October 20, voters in the Comox Valley will be electing mayors, councillors, school district board members and electoral area directors.
Local government, be it in a village, town, city or electoral area, shapes the community it serves with its decision making. Therefore, it’s critical we ensure our elected officials adopt policies and bylaws that will form the basis for creating both a sustainable community and environment, not only for ourselves but for future generations.
“We have been getting a lot of inquiries about the nests that we are seeing in many of our trees right now, with concerns that these are tent caterpillar nests.
Our Parks staff have informed us that these nests are actually from an insect called fall webworms.”
City of Courtenay
Comox Valley Nature is pleased to re-start its 2018 end-of-summer monthly free public nature walk series As part of its educational mandate Comox Valley Nature invites the public to monthly public nature interpretive walks to experience and understand local sites of environmental interest. Each year since 2010 CVN has led a citizen science data collecting interpretive nature walk along Rosewall Creek to the falls.
K’ómoks First Nation’s (KFN) Guardian Watchmen have teamed up with Guardians of Mid-Island Estuaries Society to help deal with an emerging threat to the K’ómoks Estuary. The Guardians society has been successfully rehabilitating Vancouver Island estuaries since 2010, and has been studying resident Canada Geese – one of the main sources of estuary damage, since 2008. Introduced to the island in the 1970s for hunting and wildlife viewing, Canada Geese have flourished here, to an extent where they are now overwhelming ecosystems vital to other species, such as salmon.
The view of a tall ship on the Courtenay River is one we may not see again, but the impact of its visit will be felt in our community for years to come. The visit from the Caravan Stage Company and their ship, the Amara Zee, attracted much attention, raised thousands of dollars and put Kus-kus-sum on the map for many Comox Valley residents. “This event surpassed all our fundraising expectations” stated Paul Horgen, Project Watershed Chair.
Frank and Bobbi Denton, longtime residents of the Comox Valley, met with Project Watershed Board Chair, Paul Horgen, and Technical Director, Dan Bowen, and announced that they wanted to become Platinum Donors for Kus-kus-sum with an extremely generous gift of $50,000.
The Tsolum River Restoration Society is creating a database that will map key areas where fish stranding is a regular problem so that we can measure the scale of this impact on fry and smolts as well as pro-actively visit these areas when the conditions are risky for stranding. We can deploy a team of fish salvagers if you have an area where you see fish that need to be reunited with the main channel. Please let us know before you move fish since the temperature in the isolated pools might be different from the main channel; if fish are moved from one temperature to another without allowing for acclimatization, they may not survive. We can help to assess the site, provide equipment, and safely re-locate stranded fish. Please contact Caroline Heim, Outreach Coordinator by phone at 250.897.4670 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The much-anticipated Nomadic Tempest is here! From Thursday June 28th to Sunday July 1st the Kus-Kus-Sum site (known by many as the old Fields Sawmill site) will be transformed into a venue for a multi-media presentation from the Caravan Stage Company about rising seas, climate change, and our place in it all. The show features original music, aerials, projections and more!
Can you see Courtenay’s forest for the trees? Would you like to?
The City of Courtenay is inviting the public to provide input on the vision, goals and future of Courtenay’s urban forest. Attend a public workshop on Monday, June 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, or Tuesday, June 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Native Sons Hall, lower level, at 360 Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay. Both workshops will cover the same materials. Pre-registration is not required.