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Disruption: A Climate Change Documentary

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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 »

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 »

Local Food in the Kitchen Workshops Teach Food Preservation

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This summer and fall, the Local Food in the Kitchen workshops series will show locals how to preserve seasonal food from the peak of the harvest for the long Kootenay winter.
“There is plenty of local food available in the East Kootenay” said Cranbrook Food Action Committee’s Shannon Duncan, ”but it can be hard to eat local over the winter without the knowledge to turn seasonal food into preserved food.”

“And no one wants to eat the same thing all winter” added Wildsight’s Jessica Windle, “but with traditional techniques like fermentation, you can make a huge variety of tasty and nutritious preserved foods from simple ingredients.” ... Read more »

Flathead Bat BioBlitz May Help Canada’s Endangered Bats

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Bat biologists are converging in B.C.’s Flathead River Valley tomorrow. They hope to gain new information to advance bat conservation in B.C.’s southeast and to ultimately minimize the impacts of White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious disease that has killed millions of North American bats.

The four-day Bat BioBlitz, organized by conservation groups in B.C. and Alberta and led by Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s bat biologist, Dr. Cori Lausen, will build on an initial inventory of Flathead bats that Lausen conducted last summer during a BioBlitz. That inventory detected two species of bats in the Flathead that are considered federally Endangered by the Committee on Endangered Wildlife in Canada: little brown myotis and northern myotis. ... Read more »

Farmers, Visionaries and Bat Girl! Wild Times Summer News

The latest edition of Wild Times, our quarterly newsletter, is hot off the presses. Look for it in coffee shops and businesses around your town or read it online here!