Trumpeter Swan Counts 2016/2017

Oct. 25, 2016:

TRUS adults 58
Juv. 28
Total 86

16 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the first swan count of the season. Trumpeter Swans were seen in the fields at Knight Rd. Other notable sightings were Western Meadowlarks on Cox Rd; Snow Geese at Comox Bay Farm & off Endall Rd; and Sandhill Cranes at Endall Rd.


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Nature Outing Report: K’omoks Estuary, Oct. 22,2016

An avid dozen participated in this outing with the weather cooperating until the end, shortly after noon. We started at Goose Spit with discussions around the area’s geologic development and explanations of how the littoral drift used to replenish the spit and shorelines (before extensive “hard shoring” of the coastline took place) with sediment depositions from Willemar Bluffs and beyond. Moving on we had a shoreline talk on KFN land about their historical fish traps and at the Rotary viewing stand we discussed the IBA, waterfowl and the saltmarsh destruction by increasing Canada goose populations. A stop at Simms Park to explain Project Watershed’s pending waterway restoration project, another one at the Airpark Lagoon describing the completed breach project (and its benefits) and on to Hilton Road in Royston where we finished up with a look at our engineered saltmarsh islands and a small “greenshore” protection feature we built on the lagoon shoreline.

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Nature Outing Report: Courtenay River Walk, Sun. Oct. 9,2016

Frank Hovenden, past Coordinator of the Wetland Restoration project, & current Coordinator Murray Little, led a group of 10 including several new members along the Courtenay River. The outing highlighted the significant restoration work done by CVNS in the Airpark & estuary over the years.
Starting at Simms Park, the group walked along the river & estuary south to the Millard Estuary. Steve Williams accompanied the group to describe the work done at Millard Nature Park by the Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards. The MPWS has developed a new brochure to accompany waypoints that mark an interpretive walk in that area.

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Link to: Slideshow – Wetland Conservation and Resilience with Dan Buffett

Wetland Conservation and Resilience with Dan Buffett
The presentation will highlight some of the protected and restored wetlands on Vancouver Island and introduce the topic of ‘resilience’, which provides a different lens to look at how we conserve wetlands that we know provide a range of ecosystem goods and services for communities, including clean water, wildlife habitat, and flood control.
This Slide Show was presented at the BCN Conference in Courtenay, on May 13th 2016.
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