Our 2015 Water Appeal is On!

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Do you love to swim, paddle, fish or drink clean water? Help us make sure our water is clear and abundant now and for future generations. 

Give to our water programs today.

Fall Kitchen Workshops 2015

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The Fall Kitchen workshops are back! This season Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook and the Cranbrook Food Action Committee will be focusing on three tantalizing kitchen sessions including tomato preservation, cheese-making, and an in depth cooking session with kale. If that isn't enough, we are also offering a discount if you decide to sign up for all three, totaling $25 in savings!

For more information and to sign up for the above mentioned workshops go to:

Kimberley https://secure.wildsight.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=98

Cranbrook https://secure.wildsight.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=99

Job Opportunity: Seeking Passionate Environmental Educators

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Are you passionate about inspiring awe and wonder in our children? Wildsight is looking for new educators to take kids outside into their wild backyards, connect them with nature and teach them about sustainability. If you are an experienced Environmental Educator who lives in Invermere or Golden, we’re looking for dynamic people to lead our Education in the Wild, Know Your Watershed and Beyond Recycling programs.

All interested applicants, please send a letter of interest and a CV to office@wildsight.ca.

Find out more about our programs here

Working Together for the Water Central to our Lives

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This May, the Lake Windermere Project celebrated its 10th anniversary. Looking back at the beginning, I am reminded how effective we can be when we work together to take care of the things that matter to us. 

In 2004, during the Living Lakes International conference at Fairmont Hot Springs, one of the CEO’s in attendance looked out the window at Lake Windermere, noted the level of activity around the lake and then leaned over and asked me, “What are you doing to protect this beautiful lake?” I couldn’t answer his question because the truth was, we weren’t doing anything.  ... Read more »

Tuesday Evening Work Bee

Build a Tea Garden

Come out to the Kimberley Open Gate Garden on Rotary this coming Tuesday evening between 7pm - 9pm to help build the new Tea Garden! Eddie will be there to guide the activity all you need to do is bring yourself, a friend would be nice, some gloves if you have them, and tools if you can.

If you do drop by to help and have extra tea related herbs you can add to the garden, please bring them with you and they will be happy to have a new home!

Harvest Festival Coming to Fernie

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When the fall hits Fernie, a new event will be coming to town to help celebrate the harvest in the Elk Valley. Our Harvest Feast & Fest - Fernie’s Fall Fair will be held September 19th and 20th in Prentice Park and will bring the community together to enjoy our local harvest.

The “Feast” on the evening of Saturday, September the 19th will be prepared by Chef Barrie Elliott, winner of Chopped Canada - a televised Food Network competition. The harvest feast will feature a locally-sourced menu of harvest cuisine, served ‘en plain air’ at the Community EcoGarden. Local wine and beer will be available for purchase, alongside live music and a fundraiser auction with all proceeds going towards keeping Fernie wild. ... Read more »

Wild Times: Summer 2015

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The summer edition of the Wild Times is out! Read about water, citizen science, Jumbo and backpacking trips for teens. 

Check it all out here

Join us for a Maiden Lake Community Cleanup!

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The Elk Valley Branch of Wildsight is excited to partner with the Fernie Trail Alliance and the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council to organize a community volunteer effort to clean‐up Maiden Lake.

In cooperation with Schickedanz West, we would like to invite you to join us any time from noon to 8pm on August 13th for an extensive shoreline clean‐up, invasive plant pull, re‐seeding, trail trimming and maintenance effort.

Please bring your gardening tools, weed trimmers, gloves, protective gear, and water.

Maiden Lake is an Eastern Gateway to our beautiful city, as residents and concerned locals we can give back in appreciation for this amazing city amenity.

East West Jumbo Hike, August 15

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It’s become a semi-annual tradition: the East-West Jumbo Hike, where people hike from the East and West Kootenays, uniting at the Jumbo Pass to celebrate the wild Jumbo Valley. This year has been an exceptional year for Jumbo – let’s celebrate!

Join us on Saturday, August 15 for a hike to the Jumbo Pass. We aim to meet near the Jumbo Pass Cabin at 2pm. If you are coming from the East side, please register here. We will gather at Kicking Horse Cafe in Invermere at 9am to help facilitate carpooling.

You can find a description of the hike, here.  ... Read more »

The Jumbo Saga Continues: Glacier Resorts to Seek Judicial Review

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When Minister Polak announced on June 18, 2015 that the Jumbo Glacier Resort had not been substantially started, the Environmental Certificate for the project expired.

Whoops of joy erupted across BC, celebrating the historic announcement and the effective rejection of Jumbo, but there was notable silence from project proponent Glacier Resorts Ltd. And understandably so – without an Environmental Certificate, no development on the project can proceed. ... Read more »

The Story of a Wild River: Collecting Data on Lake Koocanusa

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From my viewpoint looking out over Lake Koocanusa, I can’t help but imagine this landscape; pre-highway 3, pre-Libby dam, pre-flood. A wild river called the Kootenay. A river allowed to travel its course from riverbank to riverbank, and back again. Constantly depositing precious gravel, spawning substrates and nutrients to feed the river system. An endless system, originating north of Kootenay National Park, crossing the border into Montana, and back again to rest for a time as Kootenay Lake before plunging into the Columbia River at Castlegar. ... Read more »

Fourth Annual Flathead BioBlitz Aims to Catalogue Species

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Fernie, B.C. -- Fourteen scientists will gather this Friday in B.C.’s Flathead and Elk valleys for a BioBlitz on three undeveloped parcels of land belonging to Teck Resources Ltd.

Teck purchased the land for conservation in October 2013, for $19 million. One parcel is the former Flathead Townsite, a 1,000-hectare section along the Flathead River that is important for bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bears and birds. The company also bought two 3,000-hectare parcels at Alexander Creek and Grave Prairie in the adjoining Elk Valley. ... Read more »

Kimberley - Open Gate Garden Get Together

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You are invited to the Open Gate Garden on Wednesday July 22nd from 7pm-9pm for an Open Gate Garden Get-Together. We will be harvesting some tasty treats, getting to know each other, learning about gardening, sharing gardening tips and tricks, and planting. Basically this is an invitation to get involved in the Open Gate Garden in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The Open Gate Garden is here for the whole community and we would like your input. This is your chance to share thoughts for the future of the garden.
This garden is ideal for you:

• If you have just enough time for a communal space, and not enough time for a personal garden,
• If you like to learn about gardening or share your knowledge,
• If you like sharing space,
• And if you love fresh local produce! ... Read more »

Work with us: Wildsight Invermere seeks Branch Manager

Work with Us: Wildsight Invermere seeks Branch Manager

Wildsight Invermere is the voice of environmental conservation in the Columbia Valley. We aim to engage with the local community to bring about positive change toward conservation and true sustainability. This job offers flexibility and diverse aspects, but requires a motivated individual who can work independently with direction from our board. This position will be 2 days/week starting this summer, but could expand with the right person and new financial support. Salary will depend on experience.

Please submit your resume and a brief story of an inspiring experience you had in nature to invermere@wildsight.ca
DEADLINE: July 20th. Questions may be directed to Baiba at 250-341-3554.

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY ... Read more »

NEW VIDEO! Experience our Education Programs First-Hand!

We are delighted to be able to showcase the inspiring work being done by passionate Wildsight educators all throughout the Columbia through this new video. Enjoy!

A big thanks to the filmmaker, Yana Kehrlein, to all of the sponsors and individual donors who make these programs possible, and to all the teachers, students and educators for your inspiration.

Students Work Together to Paint the Town for Drinking Water

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As part of the Columbia Basin Trust’s Know Your Watershed program, 14 Grade 8 students from Golden Secondary School and 21 Grade 2/3’s from Alexander Park Elementary worked together to bright yellow faucet symbols beside storm drains around Golden. Through this special “Student Action Project,” the students learned that toxic gas spills, chemicals and other waste can wash into the storm drains and affect their drinking water.  ... Read more »

Go Wild: Youth Backpacking Trip into the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy

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This August 15-20, a group of Kootenay youth will head out to explore the wilds of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy (PWC). Southern Canada's largest protected wilderness area, the PWC recently celebrated its 40th birthday and we want to celebrate. We are taking a trip of youth on a backpack trip to experience the region's breathtaking wilderness landscape and develop their outdoor leadership skills. 

Who: Youth, Aged 14-18

When: August 15-20

Where: The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy 

Guides: Wilderness guide, wildlife biologist and adventure writer Dave Quinn will lead the trip 

Cost: $150 per participant - gear rental can be provided for free, if required ... Read more »

Jumbo Rejected!

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Today, the BC government announced that the Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Environmental Certificate has expired. Charged with making a determination as to whether the project had been substantially started after 10 years, Minister Polak concluded that it had not been. What does that mean? That the project no longer has an Environmental Certificate and cannot proceed.

Victory!

Read the Substantial Start Determination here.

Stay tuned for more information soon, but for now, it’s time to celebrate this victory that we’ve all worked so hard for!

 

Farmers' Market Returns Every Thursday

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The Kimberley Farmers’ Market is back starting June 25th 2015! Start prepping your palates for everything local as we get ready for the 2nd year. The market will run every Thursday from 5:00pm – 7:30pm until September 10th.

Every week you can stock up on healthy local produce, eggs, meat, honey, berries, flowers, fruit, bread and baking. And that is not all. You will also have the opportunity to support local artisans by picking up their wares for you or a loved one, take in live music, and eat ready prepared foods from our food vendors.

Is your interest sparked? Follow this link for more information and to learn how to become a vendor: http://www.wildsight.ca/kimberleyfarmersmarket

Look Outside Celebration in Invermere, June 28

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Please join us for the celebration and closing ceremony of Look Outside, our year-long photo contest! Awards will be awarded, drinks will be drunk, music and friends will be enjoyed, and snacks will be snacked on at the Pynelogs Cultural Center (1720 4th Ave) in Invermere on Sunday, June 28th from 5pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome!

Thanks to our judges and our sponsors!

We want to thank you all for your participation and for sharing your love of the Purcells. It has been a beautiful year filled with wonderful photographs that captured and celebrated this region in such diverse and unique ways. The creativity we witnessed was astonishing and may we continue to view the Purcells with such clear focus.

http://www.wildlookoutside.com

Photo: Ryan Bavin

Speak Out Against the Jumbo Official Community Plan

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The town with no people wants to adopt an Official Community Plan (OCP).The Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality’s (JGMRM) OCP is "intended to reflect the long term vision of the community.” Whose vision? What community? The JGMRM has no residents, an appointed mayor and council and is funded by $200,000 of BC taxpayer dollars every year.

Please join us in Radium on June 16 to speak out against this OCP without a community or send an email by Friday, June 12. Since Jumbo has no citizens, it falls to all of us to oppose this plan and this affront to local democracy and land-use. OCPs are intended to guide a community, not a corporate development.  ... Read more »

Kootenay Life: Protect What You Love

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It may come as a sudden wave, or like a light breeze blowing off Kootenay Lake. It may come while consumed by the trail ahead of you, the waters surrounding you, or the people laughing next to you. It comes on days filled with outdoor adventures, when only the seasons determine what can or can’t be done. This is the feeling of living the Kootenay Life. ... Read more »

Kitchen & Garden Workshop Series: #2 We Love Rhubarb Kitchen Workshop & #3 Soil Mates Companion Planting Garden Workshop

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Join Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook for the second and third of our spring series. The second installment, the "We Love Rhubarb Kitchen Workshop", takes part on June 16th in Kimberley and June 18th in Cranbrook. The last of the spring series, "Soil Mates Companion Planting Garden Workshop", takes part on July 7th in Kimberley and July 8th in Cranbrook. ... Read more »

Cigarette Butts in Our Community, by the Fernie Secondary School Grade 8 Students

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On the 27th of May, the Grade 8’s of Fernie Secondary School picked up cigarette butts around town. The reason for this act was to help our town’s environment and water system by clearing the toxic butts. 

When you throw your butts on the ground they make their way through the Elk River and eventually to the Pacific Ocean after falling through storm drains. Studies have shown that a cigarette butt submerged in 1 liter of water can kill one fish because of the toxins in the butt. Cigarettes are extremely toxic; they contain things like gasoline, rat poison, and tar. The very harmful chemicals will cause cancer in humans as well as wildlife. We need to keep our butts off the ground by putting them in the provided ashtrays or garbage cans. ... Read more »

Kokanee Glacier Park Action Alert

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The public is invited to comment on a proposed heli-ski tenure on the borders of Kokanee Glacier Park, which would include the Lemon, Kokanee, West Kokanee, Sitkum, Enterprise and Crusader Creeks. Kokanee Glacier Park is a refuge for wildlife and wilderness. The park and surrounding area are home to mountain goats, wolverines and old growth cedar and hemlock forests. The area is a beloved place for quiet wilderness recreation. The proposed heli-ski operation would negatively affect wildlife and impact public non-motorized winter recreation opportunities. ... Read more »