Guest Speakers: Forum on ALR, Forest Act & Parks Act, Sun. Apr. 20, 2014

Recent legislative changes to the ALR, the Forest Act and the BC Parks Act constitute a radical change in the conservation framework of British Columbia. The boundaries of green spaces, and public access to them, are being opened to short-term private industrial interests with broad management rights. Management of these areas and the public’s stake in them, and access to them, are being redefined, without public consultation.

Comox Valley Nature has for over 48 years carried out a broad variety of long-term citizen science and restoration projects monitoring bird and plant population trends throughout the valley. These data and the trends they represent have helped a number of agencies and non-governmental organizations provide a picture of the environmental health of the Comox Valley. This work has also contributed to the preservation of green spaces and “protected areas” which are critical to the high quality of life enjoyed by residents, and which form the economic basis of the Comox Valley’s tourism and agricultural economies.

This important work has only been made possible by unfettered access to public Crown lands and by co-operative agreements with landowners and various ministries. It is therefore extremely important that the public understand what these legislative changes will mean for the long-term conservation and maintenance of the high quality economic and ecological environment, which we currently enjoy.

Comox Valley Nature will be hosting an open public forum with representatives from various key local environmental associations to discuss conservation implications and possible ways to react or adapt to the legislation.

This public workshop will be held this Easter Sunday April 20 at 7pm at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. The society also undertakes a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) all of which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a donation from non-members is always appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed. Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website or Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.

BC Nature eNews Mar. 2014


Upcoming Events
  • AGM 2014 – May 1 – 4, “Coastal Connections” – Victoria, BC – Not Just Meetings!! Lots of great outings and speakers! Link here for Registration and more information
  • Deadline for AGM Reports: April 15, 2014
  • Skagit Bird Blitz – May 9 – 11, 2014 (Further information in Spring Magazine)
  • Deadline to apply for Rene Savenye Scholarship by May 30, 2013
  • Manning Park Bird Blitz – June 20 – 22, 2014 (Information in Spring Magazine)
  • FGM 2014 – Hosted by the Shuswap Naturalists – September 25 – 28, 2014. Salmon & Shorebirds – Incredible Journey
AGM 2014 – Victoria, BC – your hosts Victoria Natural History Society and the Rocky Point Bird Observatory
“Registration is now open for ‘Coastal Connections’ the Annual General Meeting of BC Nature to be held in Victoria May 1 – 4, 2014, hosted by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the Victoria Natural History Society – Link here . There will be a wide range of interesting talks, inspiring field trips, a banquet, reception at the Bateman Centre and lots of opportunities to meet like-minded naturalists. Don’t miss it!”
Issue 40
Date March 2014
CAMPS 2014
Updates Tofino and Nicola Valley Camps are full with a waiting list. Wells Gray Park – Please note instructions below – Phone in instructions, costs etc. Updated.
Wells Gray Camp
March 30 Sign up – see instructions below Hosted by the Kamloops Naturalists, this camp is sure to fill up quick. To that end, please review the details below:
Wells Gray Park – Camp 1 – August 14 – 17, 2014 This four-day camp allows people to explore the wonders of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Day trips and talks include, flora and fauna, fire and ice (volcanos and glaciers), the pioneering experience and the Clearwater River. Dynamic trip leaders will make this a worthwhile adventure for all participants! Price $300.00 * * Price includes all meals, outings – Accomodation is separate and is listed on our website. To reserve your spot – Registration – 10:00 am – March 30, 2014- Teresa Corboy – 250-376-7505
Wells Gray Park – Alpine Trek – Note Date Change: August 13 – 17, 2014 – Price Reduced to $795.00 (+GST) Registration – 9:00 am – March 30, 2014 – Teresa Corboy – 250-320-0889
Please note: Registration Phone numbers and times are different but the date is the same! Please specify when calling for your camp reservation – “Alpine Trek” or “Park Camp.”
Good News
Year of Talk – “New Park on Quadra Island” – $5.85-million deal purchases land to link two existing park. Read More
Emergency Order in Place – Feb. 2014 to protect the Sage Grouse, For Alberta & Saskatchewan Link Here
Modernizing BC’s Water Act – New Water Sustainability Act Introduced – Link Here - Read all about the strengths and weaknesses of the new Water Sustainability Act Link Here
Court rules federal government acted ‘unlawfully’ in delaying recovery strategies for at-risk species – Read More Here
Interesting Sites and articles
Coming soon to a theatre near you: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar – Documentary and A Birders Guide to Everything
Give Nature a home – Some great ideas here for Spring Link Here
2014 BC Shorebird Survey: Volunteers Wanted
20 March 2014 – After an extremely successful first year, the British Columbia Shorebird Survey returns this summer. The project was launched in 2013 by Bird Studies Canada and Simon Fraser University to study Western Sandpiper abundance and behaviour with help from Citizen Scientists. The 2014 surveys will occur on the weekends of July 19-20 and August 16-17 at several sites around Vancouver, Victoria, Eastern Vancouver Island, Tofino, and Washington. We’re looking for volunteers able to commit to two to three days of surveys, lasting two to three hours each day. There will be a volunteer training session from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. To learn more, register as a new or returning volunteer, or sign up for the training session, visit the BC Shorebird Survey webpage. If you have questions, please contact Karen Barry ( or David Hope (
About Town
Citizens Against Port Expansion – Public Meeting – Saturday April 5, 2014 Here is the Link for further information.
Webinar – Which Price is Right? Pricing Water and BC’s new Water Sustainability Act – Monday March 24, 2014 for information on submissions please visit this Link for further information
Earth Hour on March 29 – Turn your lights off – Link for further information
Protecting the Great Bear Presentation Night – March 29 – Ross Beaty Lecture Theatre, University of British Columbia. For REgistration information – Link Here Admission by Donation.
14th Annual Riversheds Forum – April 11-13, 2014 – Yale, BC – For Registration information – visit this link
The Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative is hosting an event in Whistler on April 8. I hope you can join us! It’s going to be a great night featuring PBS & BBC Host and Narrator Chris Morgan, and BC Ministry of Environment’s Large Carnivore Specialist Tony Hamilton. “A Night with Grizzlies” – for registration information visit Link Here
Kamloops – “Brush With Nature” – Nature Conservancy of Canada – BC Join us on April 2 to learn more about Napier Lake Ranch and how you can help protect this incredible grassland property. for more information
Activities for your Children or Grandchildren involving nature – Summer Camps
SUMMER CAMPS at VanDusen Botanical Garden – Link Here
Soaring Eagle Nature School – Visit Link
Letter to the Editor – From February Enews”
Sir: You stated, “I’m sure all of us are pleased that the Prosperity Mine Project has been turned down again.” Do not assume all of us are pleased. Poverty is a much greater health risk to the people of Williams Lake than the Taseko Prosperity mine would ever be. The role of BC Nature should be to use its skills to work with the mine to help create a viable tailings pond not just to say no to every development. By the way have you investigated whether Fish Lake really is worth fishing in? Anecdotal evidence is that it has few fish. Member Parsons.
Take a Minute and nominate A BC River
The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) will publish its 2014 Endangered Rivers List in April. Rivers included in the List will be those on which public recreation is considered by ORC’s Endangered Rivers Committee to be the most endangered or threatened. The Committee will review nominations from members of ORC’s member organizations and other individuals active in outdoor recreation. Persons or organizations making a nominations are requested to provide as much of the information listed below as possible. Public recreation which might be threatened or endangered might include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, hiking or just walking by the river.
To make a nomination please go to: Link Here OR go to the home page of the Outdoor Recreation Council website at and follow the links
In 2013 the Peace River was nominated by more than 200 individuals and organizations as a result of which it headed the 2013 list by a wide margin and the environmental assessment process for the proposed Site C dam on the Peace is now under way. In 2014 we are looking for nominations for threatened rivers other than the Peace, such as the Similkameen (high dam proposal south of Princeton) and the Fraser (toxic waste plant near Chilliwack). There will undoubtedly be others! And the more nominations the better so we can develop a comprehensive and informative list.
Your Executive and Conservation Committee Hard at Work
Conservation Letters sent and received to March 21, 2014 Off Road Vehicle Act – Bill 13: Letter to Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations Minister Steve Thomson thanking him for introducing this Bill and encouraging quick passage of this Bill which will require the display of a visible numbered plate on all ORVs. Sent March 7, 2014.
Water Sustainability Act: Replied received March 7, 2014, from provincial Ministry of Environment, Assistant Deputy Minister with comments on the letter BC Nature sent November 15, 2013 regarding focus to modernize this Act.
Cohen Commission on Fisheries: Reply from Provincial Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, Minister Steve Thomson, in response to our letters of December 23 and November 13, 2013 to the Premier. The reply dated March 4, 2014, addresses BC Nature’s concerns over implementation of several of Justice Cohen’s recommendations on Fraser River sockeye. (Also note there was a reply January 21, 2014 from Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Shea to BC Nature follow-up correspondence of November 29, 2013, regarding implementation of Cohen Commission recommendations.
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Has Anyone Seen Palliser Rock?

A member of the White Rock & Surrey Naturalists recently emailed CV Nature an interesting request.

“I just visited your website and read about one of my favorite spots, Tree Island. What a great write-up, it was a pleasure to read it. I used to live in Comox and now live in Surrey and am part of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists. Comox is an ideal place to live, I miss living there so much.

I am writing to ask if anyone has ever seen Palliser Rock. It is a huge boulder that juts out of the water near Tree Island. It used to fascinate us kids when my dad would pass by it in our boat. It’s possible that it is only visible when the tide is lower. Dad would let us out on to Palliser Rock and it was something we will never forget. We also used to find arrow heads in Henry Bay every time we visited. Oh, the memories. Anyway, if one of your members knows if Palliser Rock is still there and possibly has a photo, I would really like to know. Thank you.”

Boat at Palliser Rock

Boat at Palliser Rock

She has sent some great photos with a few more notes.

“Apparently it is part of the rocky shoal on the east side of Denman/Seal and a boater would have to be very careful going in there. (No doubt not supposed to go in there at all.) I would like to know if Palliser is ever under water, or does it always stick up a little, even at high tide.

Please see two pictures attached that were taken of Palliser about 50 (!) years ago. The one with my brother and me was taken facing Comox and Point Holmes, I think. And the other one, with Dad’s boat nosing up to the rock on left, faces the channel between Hornby and Denman. My older brother David said it may show on Canadian Hydrographic Service chart, so I may try to get the chart.

Thank you again. You are so very lucky to have easy access to these islands. They are truly beautiful.”

Kids at Palliser Rock

Kids at Palliser Rock

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