The Gift of Awe and Wonder

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I remember being 10 years old and going camping with my family. In the morning, we went on an interpretive walk with one of the park’s inspired naturalists. On the walk, we came across a group of painted turtles. I remember so clearly the absolute awe I felt in that moment. The feeling that there was so much to discover about nature and that an entire lifetime of learning could never bring me even close to discovering its depths. ... Read more »

Summer Wild Nature Tours in the Elk Valley Announced!

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Summer 2015 Wild Nature Tours in Fernie have just been announced! ... Read more »

April eNews: Earth Day Action and Inspiration

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Find out about upcoming events and read about Beyond Recycling, Earth Day, the Creston Community Forest, Take Back the Wild and Chaos in the Elk Vally in our April eNewsletter! 

Wildsight April eNewsletter

Chaos in the Elk Valley: Stand up for Balance

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The Elk Valley has long been known for its world class wildlife, clean water and vibrant fish populations. In more recent history, the Elk Valley has also become well known for its vast metallurgical coal resources—the five currently operating open pit coal mines are the second largest single source of metallurgical coal exports in the world.

Unfortunately, the Southern Rocky Mountain Management Plan, the region's guiding land use plan, does not seek to reconcile resource values and wildlife values. It explicitly states that Mining and Oil and Gas development take precedent over every other value on the land. ... Read more »

Open Gate Garden Willow Weaving Work Bees

Willow Weaving

April 18 & 19, 9am - noon

Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to get out and play in the garden together! The first organized effort of the season will be a fun opportunity to learn more about the art of weaving willow. We will be reinforcing the Garden’s defenses against the local ground squirrel population and beautifying the existing chain-link.

Goals:
Weave willow, dogwood & cottonwood branches around the lower perimeter of the Garden
Fill additional fence openings with woven recycled rubber
Decide on the first priorities for spring plantings

Preparations: ... Read more »

Registration Open: Wicked Raised Beds Workshop - Turning Repurposed Freezers Into Your Garden's New Best Friend

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Join Wildsight as we host Luke Kimmel of the Leaf Ninjas in these two, one day workshops offered in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

Cranbrook Register at https://secure.wildsight.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=75
Where: Cranbrook Public Produce Garden
When: Saturday April 25th 2015 10am-4pm
Cost: $45

Kimberley Register at https://secure.wildsight.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=76
Where: Kimberley Open Gate Garden
When: Sunday April 26th 2015 10am-4pm
Cost: $45

Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. They are self-contained raised beds with built-in reservoirs that supply water from the bottom up – changing how, and how much, you water your beds. ... Read more »

2015 Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook Branch AGM

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You are invited to attend our AGM on Wednesday April 15th 2015! If you are interested in what has been happening at Wildsight Kim/Cran or perhaps would like to mingle with some great folks, this meeting and mingle is a great opportunity to do just that.

The evening will look like this:
7:00pm AGM agenda – Financials, Elections for Board of Directors, Summary of 2014 projects, Discussions
8:00pm or earlier depending on length of the AGM portion; mingle with snacks and beverages!

We will be hosting at the Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook office upstairs at 495 Wallinger Ave. Kimberley BC

We look forward to seeing you there!

Job Opportunity: Branch Manager and Fundraiser (Contract Position) Wildsight Elk Valley Branch

Wildsight Elk Valley Branch is a local not for profit organisation focused on protecting Biodiversity and encouraging sustainable communities in the Southern Rocky Mountain region of Canada.

We are seeking an experienced project manager and fundraiser to join our dedicated team of contractors and volunteer board of directors. This is a dynamic opportunity to build on existing programs and initiatives, explore enterprising non-profit agricultural potentials in the region, and make your mark on establishing an annual Wildsight solstice fundraising event.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated to attain milestone goals set by the board of directors, possess exceptional interpersonal skills, is passionate about the environment, and exudes a high level of confidence and creativity. ... Read more »

Celebrating Water and a Local Water Hero

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As Canadians celebrated Canada Water Week last week, and the world celebrated World Water Day, here at home, one of our local Kootenay residents was also celebrated. Nelson’s Heather Leschied—program manager for Wildsight’s Living Lakes Canada water team, one of the founders of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors and Friends of Kootenay Lake, fly-fisher, sailor-in-training and water advocate—was honoured as one of WWF Canada’s Water Heroes, and named a finalist for Water Canada’s Water’s Next Award. ... Read more »

Project Wild Thing - Special film night and Wildsight Invermere AGM on March 31

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Are kids these days disconnected from Nature? …… PROJECT WILD THING, a feature-length, often humorous, documentary addresses the increasingly fragile connection between children and nature, and will be shown at Wildsight Invermere's next event on Tuesday, March 31, at 7pm at the David Thompson Secondary School. A short (but fun!) AGM will precede the screening. Admission is by donation. For more information, please contact: 250-341-3554 or invermere@wildsight.ca
Check out http://projectwildthing.com

Creston Valley Bird Festival: Registration Open!

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Registration is now open for the Creston Valley Bird Festival!

This year, the Creston Valley Bird Festival will run from May 8-10 and will feature keynote speaker and well-known Okanagan bird biologist, Dick Cannings, as well as Marlene Machmer from Nelson speaking on herons, Brendan Mitchell of Creston on bats, and Gary Davidson from Nakusp displaying photographs of the birds of Africa. ... Read more »

Friends of Kootenay Lake

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Wildsight’s Living Lakes Canada project trains and empowers citizen groups in the Columbia Basin and beyond. We envision a country where citizens are actively involved in decisions related to their water. A place that values and respects traditional knowledge and brings together multiple stakeholders—Government, NGO, First Nations and community stewardship groups—to reexamine our relationship to water and make important decisions for the future. ... Read more »

Job opportunity with Wildsight Golden: Invasive Plant Program Coordinator

Do you love physical outdoor work, have a passion for the environment and have good communication skills? Wildsight-Golden is seeking one qualified person to coordinate Golden’s Community Weed Program and to develop/deliver public interpretive programs on invasive plants. This program is jointly supported by Wildsight-Golden and the Town of Golden.

Invasive Plant Program Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The majority of time (65%) will be spent hand pulling invasive
plants that have been identified at pre-determined sites throughout the Town of
Golden.   

Work will also include: ... Read more »

Signs of Life: Taking Part in Winter Wonder

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Today I got to enjoy a Winter Wonder lesson with a Grade 2/3 class in Kimberley, BC. The day began with a lesson in the classroom about how animals adapt to winter. After figuring out if each animal was a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore, the eager kids waited for their turn to identify various animal parts—skulls and even grizzly bear fur! ... Read more »

Mapping the Wolverine Way: Identifying conservation corridors and transboundary linkages for wolverines in the Canadian Crown

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I recently had the opportunity to join a group of researchers led by Tony Clevinger who are “camera trapping” and “hair snagging“ wolverines this winter in the southern Rockies between Kootenay National Park and Cranbrook.  Wildsight previously provided a dozen cameras for a wolverine study in the Purcell Mountains that was conducted by the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resources (FLNRO). Wildsight is a member of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative that is a partner in the present study in the Rockies. ... Read more »

Work With Us: Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook seeks Food Sustainability Coordinator

Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook is an environmental not-for-profit organization focused on promoting environmentally sustainable communities in our region.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Food Sustainability Coordinator accomplishes strategic objectives currently defined in the Food Sustainability program by overseeing multiple project activities. ... Read more »

Fall in Love with the Wild

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“In every living thing there is a desire for love, for the relationship of unison with the rest of things.” –D.H. Lawrence

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day we’re going to show our love of the wild—our favourite rivers, lakes, mountains and wooded groves. We’re going to go outside and look up at the stars and promise to keep working to protect wildlife and wild places, forging an ever-deeper connection to nature and to each other. 

And you can too. Here are some ideas for a Wild Valentine’s Day.  ... Read more »

Love, Lakes, Wilderness and Wonder

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Reflections on a Living Lakes conference in China, an update on our winter education programs, new job postings, Wild Nature Tours and CBT's Our Trust, Our Future.

Read all about it here in our February e-newsletter! 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Mountain Caribou in the South Selkirks

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I have been involved with mountain caribou since the 1970’s and as Wildsight since the 90’s when we first sponsored caribou research in the Purcell Mountains. It has been clear since that time that there are no simple solutions or easy answers to mountain caribou recovery.  ... Read more »

14th Annual Living Lakes Conference in Nanchang China: Challenges and Reflections

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This past November, I represented Living Lakes Canada and Wildsight at the 14th annual Living Lakes Conference in Nanchang, China. I was invited, along with Alex and Catherine Salki of Living Lakes Canada member organization, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, to present our work on water stewardship in lake communities with a special focus on the Columbia River Basin and the Lake Winnipeg Basin. ... Read more »

Wild Look Outside

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Calling all ski-tourers, snowshoers, snowman-makers, dog frolickers and bird watchers! Look Outside, our year-long photo contest focused on BC's stunning Purcell Mountains, wants your photos! 

There are only two contest rules:

1. The pics submitted must have been taken within the month of submission

2. In the PURCELL Mountains

There are amazing prizes to be won every month including free nights at ACC backcountry huts, camera gear and Kicking Horse Coffee, as well as a grand prize of $1000.

Submit photos to the Look Outside website or tag them #wildlookoutside on instagram, facebook and twitter.

Happy winter and don't forget to Look Outside!  

BC Cries Wolf by Barry Wilson via Troy Media

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Most of the media reports I have seen on BC’s planned wolf cull are “crying wolf” and giving the public the wrong impression.  What I have been hearing on radio, tv and online news is that the BC Government has announced it will be shooting 184 wolves from helicopters in the South Peace and Selkirk areas of BC before snowmelt this spring.  It’s reported that the Government feels it is necessary because, and I am paraphrasing:

BC caribou herds are shrinking to dangerously low levels,

Wolves eat caribou, ... Read more »

Protecting Endangered Mountain Caribou

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By John Bergenske and Joe Scott, Conservation Northwest ... Read more »

Making the Transboundary Flathead an International Success!

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A Guest Blog by David Hadden, Headwaters Montana

We neglect history at our peril. When we lose the thread of history we lose both reference points as well as the heart of a good story. How the Flathead Wild Team turned the transboundary Flathead Valley into an international cause celebre is that kind of story. ... Read more »

Wild Times Winter 2014/2015

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Our winter edition of the Wild Times is out! If you haven't picked up a copy around town, you can read it here:

Wild Times Winter 2014/2015