Elke Wind, a contract biologist, is the speaker at the monthly Comox Valley Nature meeting Sunday, October 21. Ms. Winds talk “ Why Did the Toad Cross the Road – Amphibians and Road Crossing Issues” will be at 7 pm at the Florence Filberg Center, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. The public is invited to the lecture though a $3 contribution from non-members is appreciated.
Elke Wind obtained her Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology at UBC in 1996 and her status as a Registered Professional Biologist in 2003. She has been self-employed as a contract biologist since 2002 and has more than 20 years experience studying amphibian populations and habitat management issues. She specializes in habitat associations and requirements of local aquatic breeding amphibians in relation to impacts of timber harvesting, non-native species and urban and rural development. Most recently her work has expanded into wetland construction and restoration projects for species at risk. Ms. Wind volunteers for various biology societies and is a leader of the Nanaimo Young Naturalist Club.
Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with BC Nature which fulfils its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing weekly guided hikes and undertaking a variety of environmental projects. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” the lectures this year feature Women in Environmental Work, a series of one hour talks by BC women professionally involved in environmental studies and earth sciences.