Wildsight News

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.


The Food Sustainability Coordinator accomplishes strategic objectives currently defined in the Food Sustainability program by overseeing multiple project activities. ... Read more »

Love, Lakes, Wilderness and Wonder


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.


CWWS Program Assistant


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 »

Wild Look Outside


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!  

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


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"


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




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


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


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


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 »

Job Posting: Lac La Biche Stewardship Coordinator


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 »

Wildsight Welcomes Elk Valley Water Quality Plan

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“Wildsight welcomes the approval of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment,” said John Bergenske, Wildsight’s Conservation Director. The plan addresses water quality reduction and diminished health of fish and biodiversity in the Elk River as the result of coal mining. ... Read more »



Across BC, we are heading to the polls to elect our local governments. But not in Jumbo. In Jumbo Municipality, there will be no election. Jumbo Municipality is an affront to the democratic traditions of our country. 

Since there are no elections, why can’t you be the mayor of Jumbo? Make a sign, take a photo and declare yourself for mayor of Jumbo then share it on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, everything goes. Remember to tag it #democracyforjumbo. Help us spread the word. This is bigger than Jumbo, this is democracy at stake.#democracyforjumbo #jumbowild

How did this happen? 

These two articles do a bang-up job of telling the whole story: ... Read more »

Local Colours at the Historic Tivoli Theatre in Creston

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Join local photographers on December 1st at 7:30 pm as they show us our region's beautiful colours through their eyes. Hosted by Wildsight Creston at Creston's historic Tivoli Theatre. $10.00 at the door. ... Read more »

Municipal Election - The candidates on Cosmetic Pesticides in Cranbrook, Energy Conservation in Kimberley

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To inform voters for the municipal election on Saturday, Nov 15th, Wildsight asked the local candidates for mayor and council in Cranbrook: Should the City of Cranbrook regulate the use of cosmetic pesticides for lawns and gardens?

In Kimberley, Wildsight asked: Kimberley's SunMine will soon be producing renewable energy. To move further towards sustainability, what can the City of Kimberley do to conserve energy?  ... Read more »

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


Tickets are nearly sold out for Saturday night. Get yours at the door (but get there early for pizza and beer if you want to snag one)!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival World Tour is stopping in Invermere on Nov 28th and 29th with a cinematic extravaganza set in wild landscapes around the world. Join Wildsight for a journey to spectacular places and watch tales of adventurers living life outside. The films are meant to inform, to inspire and to ignite your creativity. ... Read more »

Municipal Election - Wildsight Asks and Kimberley and Cranbrook candidates respond


With the municipal election coming up on Nov 15th, Wildsight asked the local candidates for mayor and council: What is the biggest environmental issue facing our community and what can the City of Kimberley or Cranbrook do about it? The candidates responses for Kimberley and Cranbrook are below. ... Read more »

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

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Get your tickets for the evening show here and your tickets for the children's matinee here.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour is stopping in Kimberley on Nov 8th 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. ... Read more »