Wildsight News

Know Your Watershed is Out of the Gate and in a Creek Near You

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The gorgeous fall weather had Kootenay schools out in their local creeks and rivers learning about the water systems that sustain their communities. Know Your Watershed, an environmental education program funded by Columbia Basin Trust and delivered by Wildsight, gets Grade 8 students out from behind their desks and into the field. Now in its fifth year, Know Your Watershed delivers programs in 24 schools in 18 communities. Clad in rain boots and clutching clipboards, the students test water quality, inventory aquatic life, visit water distribution and treatment plants and connect with community water groups. The goal of the program is to provide hands-on learning about watersheds and water-related issues in order to inspire and equip students to look after this precious resource.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival coming to Invermere, Nov 28 & 29

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Beat the November blues by coming to our action-packed Wild and Scenic Film Festival. We promise it will be the biggest and the best social event of the season. 15 films over 2 nights, featuring climbing, adventure, personal transformation, climate change, and local filmmakers, with a sizzling mixture of irreverence and a call to action. World renowned Canmore alpinist and guide Barry Blanchard is our special guest on Saturday. Barry has just published his new memoir, The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, and will tell the rock ‘em sock ‘em stories that fast tracked his initiation into the realm of climbing legends-- from the character-shaping harsh realities of growing up Métis in Calgary, to the rough and tumble, unforgiving world of hardcore alpine climbing. ... Read more »

Proposed New Mine Coal Mountain II: Submit Your Comments Today Demanding a Full Canadian Environmental Assessment

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Teck's new proposed mine, Coal Mountain II, is being proposed in the Martin Wheeler Ridge area in the southern Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Office is accepting public comments as to whether or not this new mine should be subject to an Environmental Assessment. Wildsight strongly believes that a full and comprehensive Canadian Environmental Assessment should be undertaken. Learn more about the proposed mine here, read our statement below and send your comment to:  ... Read more »

BC Non-Profits Under Threat

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Proposed changes to the Societies Act threaten BC’s 27,000 non-profit organizations. These non-profits, such as environmental and humanitarian groups, community and arts organizations and church groups, collectively contribute to a stronger province and an engaged civil society. They represent a wide diversity of voices and opinions and play a critical role in holding the government to account. ... Read more »

Pick Some Apples this Weekend at the Cranbrook Community Apple Harvest

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In the fall, as the nights turn colder, our local apples ripen on the tree and eventually fall to the ground. Fortunately, Wildsight has a solution to help locals make use of the local bounty of apples before they become a mess and a wildlife attractant. It's called the Apple Capture Project and it includes juicing, saucing, picking, and dehydrating equipment that Wildsight loans out free of charge in Kimberley and Cranbrook, a tree share board, and community juicing days.

Wildsight's next community juicing day is a special Thanksgiving celebration this weekend, Saturday Oct 11th. ... Read more »

Public Comments Invited - Coal Mountain Phase 2 Project

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The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for Teck's proposed Coal Mountain Phase 2 Project http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=80086, located in British Columbia.

To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. Written comments must be submitted by October 20, 2014 to:

Coal Mountain Phase 2 Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6

Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990

Coal.Mountain@ceaa-acee.gc.ca ... Read more »

Meet the Mushrooms

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Have you ever walked through the woods in the fall and been surprised by a bright yellow patch of witch’s butter on the butt of log or a brilliant orange cup fungi emerging from the ground? Have you noticed mushrooms forming in a fairy ring on your lawn or sticky Slippery Jacks suddenly appearing around the base of larch trees? Have you ever eaten wild mushrooms? Can you recognize shaggy manes, lobster and oyster mushrooms? Are you able to differentiate between a true and a false chanterelle?

Come prepared to see the forest in a different light. Join Robert Macrae, hosted by Wildsight, for a talk at the Creston Valley Public Library on Oct. 11 at 10 am, followed by a walk beginning at the Summit Creek turn-off at 1:30 p.m. ... Read more »