The Comox Valley Naturalists Society has a number of different groups
interested in specific aspects of natural history in the area. Members are
welcome to join any of the groups that they like and participate in field
trips, workshops, conservation projects, and much more ...
The CVNS has a full schedule of field trips for members only. Please see
Field Trips for more details or contact
Meetings are held at the Florence Filberg Centre
(411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC) on the 3rd
Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm. See Meetings for more details.
All are welcome!
have a monthly meeting as well as occasional informal outings.
This is a great way to learn bird identification, meet people, and explore
within the Comox Valley. Birders are also involved in the local Christmas Bird
Count. Check for rare birds on our Rare Bird Alert page.
For more information call Barbara Sedgwick (335-0064).
Botanists have a monthly meeting as well as regular walks
on alternate Friday mornings. These walks are an excellent way to meet
people and learn local plants. For more information call Dulcie Hamilton
This section of the CVNS is for young naturalists and their
more information click on Young Naturalists
Club or contact Lisa Zervakis
Comox Valley Naturalists Society Bursary
The Comox Valley Naturalists Society is pleased to offer a bursary to a
graduate student in the Comox Valley who is planning a career in natural
or environmental science. The award will be given to a selected student
from one of the Comox Valley classes of grade twelve graduates.
• Must be active in environmental or natural history
achievement and academic standing
• Proceeding to a post-secondary institution
within 15 months from the date of secondary school graduation, i.e.,
up to the start of the fall
semester of the year following the year of graduation.
Every Tuesday morning from the end of October to the
end of March, society members monitor Trumpeter Swan numbers in the area.
count on December 23, 2003 was 2,828 swans, a record number. See the
Rare Bird Sightings page for details on yearly numbers of swans. More
information on the swan count is available from Environment
The society has helped to control both purple
loosestrife and scotch
broom. The CVNS Wetland Habitat Restoration Project in the wetlands
and estuaries of the Comox Valley is in its 13th year, targeting purple
loosestrife, Scotch broom, yellow flag iris, Himalayan blackberry, and
knotweed species. (The report is
available in .pdf format - file size approximately 4.4 MB)
Lagoon Park Stewardship
Comox Valley Naturalists are stewards of the Courtenay
Lagoon Park at the Courtenay River estuary. Invasive plants are being removed
and replaced with native plants, with the aim of creating a Garry Oak Meadow.
Eagle Nest Tree
Currently, society members assist Mountainaire Avian Rescue
Society in monitoring eagle trees several times during the season, from
October to July as part
Georgia Coastal Wildlife Tree Stewardship Project. Contact
for more details.
BC Coastal Waterbird
14 areas within the Comox Valley are being monitored monthly
for their waterbird populations as part of the BC
Coastal Waterbird Survey.
Jocie Ingram writes a monthly column called "Knowing
the North Islander newspaper. Visit our archived Knowing Nature and Wildside pages in the Publications section
of the web site.
Important Bird Areas
Comox Valley and Baynes Sound are
recognized as Globally Significant Important
Bird Areas (IBA's). The
areas have the second highest concentration of
over-wintering waterfowl in BC. Two plaques were unveiled at a dedication
ceremony held on November 16, 2001.