BioBlatz!

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The Flathead is widely known for it’s abundance of what we call megafauna. Animals like bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. We have a lot of information about megafauna in the Flathead—how many there are, their habitats and even their genetics.

So when we held our first BioBlitz three years ago, we decided to focus on the things we didn’t know. In 2012, we started with bugs. And the results were amazing! We found species that had never before been found in BC, species that hadn’t been found in over 100 years and even an entirely new species of spider! It was more than we could have ever imagined. ... Read more »

The Fight to Protect BC Farmland is not Over!

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Long-term protection of our food producing lands is critical to ensuring British Columbia’s food security. Since serious changes were proposed to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) earlier this year as part of Bill 24, our farmland has been under threat.

Now, in the middle of summer—harvest time for most BC farmers—the government has opened an engagement process on the proposed changes.

Please take action and let the government know you want all of BC farmland to remain protected. ... Read more »

An Afternoon with the Girls: Visiting Kootenay Meadows

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My two-year-old son waves as we walk the length of the barn, saying “Hello girls!”

The bells around their necks ring out a lunchtime symphony as they come in from the fields to eat. Some of them lift their heads to acknowledge us, others ignore us entirely as they get down to eating and still others seems to bat their eyelashes and give us a little wink.

These milk-producing “girls” are the cows of the Kootenay Meadows Dairy Farm in Lister, BC, an organic family-owned operation in the Creston Valley. My family has stopped in to see where the milk we drink every day comes from. ... Read more »

Monitoring Jumbo

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This summer, Glacier Resorts has announced plans for construction in both the Jumbo and Farnham Valleys. Every year, they have plans for summer activities or construction, but so far, nothing has happened. This year, their rumoured plans include foundations for day lodges in both valleys, plus water reservoirs and ski lifts. 

To start construction, Glacier Resorts must satisfy the 195 legally-binding commitments (read them here) attached to their Environmental Certifiate. If construction begins and these conditions have not been satisfied, the Environmental Assessment Office has the power to halt construction.  ... Read more »

Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies

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The Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies is a large-format photography book that explores the Crown of the Continent, an 18-million-acre ecological crossroads where plant and animal communities from the Pacific Northwest, eastern prairies, southern Rockies, and boreal forests mingle. Pristine rivers originate in this rare and special place that flow into the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Hudson Bay. The diversity of wildlife is unparalleled.

The book features stunning images by Steven Gnam, a photographer who has explored the Crown’s wild lands since he was a young child. The Crown of the Continent is available at the Kimberley and Fernie Wildsight Offices and select local bookstores. ... Read more »

Look Outside Photo Contest's July Winners

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Congratulations to Achim Purschwitz (Radium) and Tyra Joe (Kimberley) for submitting their vibrant winning images for the month of July!
Tyra was on the Conrad Kain teen climbing camp in the Bugaboos when she captured this striking mountain scene, and Achim, a well known wildlife photographer, spotted the female Merganser with chicks in tow at Athalmer on the Columbia River.

Both Tyra and Achim will receive cool Look Outside prizes for their winning entries. ... Read more »