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

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I have 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! 

Job Posting: Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey Program Assistant

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Do you have a passion for birds, along with good communication skills? Wildsight-Golden
is seeking one qualified assistant to work on the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey
(CWWS), and to deliver public interpretive presentations or programs on waterbird
species, Lewis’s Woodpeckers and wetlands.

JOB TITLE

CWWS Program Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION

Work duties will include: ... Read more »

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

BC Cries Wolf - Barry Wilson, Salmon Arm via TroyMedia.com

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

"Ospreys" Wins the 2015 Creston Valley Bird Festival Art Prize

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Like Dave Catherall’s prize-winning apple pie at Fall Fair, Bruce Paterson has combined the right ingredients to make a prize-winning poster for this year’s Creston Valley Bird Fest. This is the third year in festival history that the judges have selected Bruce’s detailed work in watercolour, pen and ink. ... Read more »

Wildsight Golden Seeks Outreach Coordinator

The Wildsight-Golden Branch is looking for an outgoing and well-organized  person with some background in environmental education to coordinate our communications and public out reach initiatives and work on capacity building for our organization. This is a 16-week contract position for 10 hrs. per week at $20/hr. for a maximum of 160 hrs. There is potential for renewal and expansion of this position with the right candidate.  The position would ideally begin February 1, 2015.

Please submit your cover letter and resume before January 20, 2015.  Submit by email to Joan Dolinsky: joandolinsky@gmail.com. Telephone calls welcome to Meg Langley at 250-344-4721 or Joan Dolinsky at 250-348-2578. ... Read more »

U.S. Senate Passes Watershed Legislation Affecting B.C.’s Flathead River Valley: Achieves Mining and Energy Ban in Transnational River Valley

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Fernie, B.C. -  Late last Friday, the U.S. Senate passed the North Fork Watershed Protection Act as part of a nationwide U.S. public lands legislative package. Canadians have awaited this particular legislation since 2010, when then-governor Brian Schweitzer and then-B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell signed the B.C.-Montana Memorandum of Understanding promising to ban mining and oil and gas development in the entire transnational Flathead watershed. ... Read more »

Read Our 2014 Annual Report

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Connection. Community. Commitment.

Our Annual Report is hot off the press!

Read about everything we accomplished together in 2014 here.

Thank you for a wonderful year. 

For the wild,

The Wildsight Team

Nelson Area Students Go "Beyond Recycling"

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Nelson, B.C. — What really happens when we throw things ‘away’? Do they disappear? That’s the question Grade 4-6 students from schools in the Nelson area asked as they explored the contents of the local transfer station, landfill and recycling depot. 

The students are taking part in Beyond Recycling, a Wildsight education program that tackles topics such as waste, ecological footprint, climate change and energy use. Salmo, Kinnaird, Rosemont and Redfish Elementary Schools  were four of eleven schools in the Columbia Basin Region that have taken part in Wildsight’s Beyond Recycling this year.  ... Read more »

Giving to the Wild

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Give a gift of wilderness, clean water and sustainable communities by making a donation to our annual appeal today.

Your gift will be used next year to support our work to change mining and forestry practices on the ground that threaten the quality of our water for people and all living things. It will support habitat protection for species at risk and all creatures dependent upon wild places. It will enable us to deliver our school-based education programs—inspiring the future stewards of tomorrow by connecting them with their wild backyards. ... Read more »

Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour comes to Cranbrook

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SOLD OUT.

 

It's that time of year again: time for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Cranbrook on Saturday, January 3rd!

Join us at 7:30PM at Key City Theatre for our 21st year of exploration, adventure, and mountain culture films from around the world. Get inspired for your own adventures in the new year!

For most locals, the film fest needs no introduction, but if you haven't been to the fest yet, check out the trailers for films on tour. ... Read more »

Gift Packages for the Wild People in your LIfe

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Looking for something special for the wild people in your life? Give them a gift that lasts a lifetime: a Wildsight gift membership!

Get one here and we'll send the recipient a gift membership card in the mail.

More gift ideas: ... Read more »

Wild and Scenic Film Fest World Tour on the Big Screen in Creston

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Get your tickets here!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour is stopping in Creston on Saturday, January 17th for a cinematic evening of stories set in wild landscapes around the world. Join Wildsight for a journey to spectacular places and tales of adventurers living life outside— all with a conservation mindset.

The Wild & Scenic Film Fest, North America's largest environmental film festival, will bring two hours of the beautiful, the exciting and the inspiring to the big screen at Prince Charles Secondary on January 17th for two screenings: 7:00pm and a special children's program, suitable for ages three and up, at 2PM. ... Read more »

Taking care of the world’s freshwater: Canadians present at 14th Living Lakes Conference in China

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Members of Living Lakes Canada from Wildsight and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) represented Canada at the 14th Living Lakes Conference in Nanchang, China last week. Kat Hartwig of Invermere, B.C. and Alex Salki of Winnipeg, Manitoba, were invited to present their work on sustainable management of lake communities, with a special focus on lake protection. The Canadian presentation focused on the significant water stewardship work being done by NGOs and water stewardship groups in the Columbia Basin and around Lake Winnipeg.   ... Read more »

Mount Polley Mine Disaster Raises Questions for Citizens of BC

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It’s been over three months since the Mount Polley mine disaster. Distant summer memories of snapshots show mountains of toxic tailings debris coating the once pristine Hazeltine and Cariboo Creek beds. Images of a grey plume of necrosis, entering the emerald Quesnel and Polley Lakes. This once iconic scenery of beautiful British Columbia suddenly reflecting the moonscape of oil sands tailing ponds. ... Read more »

Job Posting: Lac La Biche Stewardship Coordinator

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Purpose and General Description

The Stewards of the Lac La Biche Watershed are an emerging community-based water stewardship group working in the Athabasca region of Alberta. Stewards of the Lac La Biche Watershed have a vision of an ecologically healthy watershed with balanced management approaches that support recreation and traditional uses, high fish and wildlife values, and economic prosperity in the region. The organization is currently directed by an Interim Steering Committee composed of committed community volunteers and government agency representatives. ... Read more »

Conservation Groups Say Jumbo Glacier Resort Cannot Legally Proceed

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Jumbo Creek Conservation Society and Wildsight have, with the assistance of Ecojustice, made submissions to the Environmental Assessment Office that will help determine whether Glacier Resorts Ltd.’s Environmental Certificate is still valid. If valid, the Certificate allows the company to build their proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. The issue hinges on the question of whether the project was substantially started within the allotted 10-year time period.

Ecojustice staff lawyer Morgan Blakley is representing the two non-profit organizations, both of which are based in the Kootenays near the site of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. ... Read more »