Comox Valley Naturalists Society
In the News! - 2003
December 21, 2003: Santa Participates in Bird Count
Santa Claus was spotted participating in the 104th Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Comox Valley, probably a relaxing event for him prior to his big day on the 25th.
September 24, 2003:
The Fifth Courtenay Scouts were presented with two nature reference books, ‘Plants of Coastal BC’ and ‘Birds of Coastal BC’ in appreciation from the Comox Valley Naturalists Society, for taking care of several native plants at the Courtenay Lagoon Park over the spring and summer months. The Scouts also received several copies of the Young Naturalists Club of BC magazine ‘Nature Wild’. The Scouts watered Garry oaks, Oregon grape, and arbutus to work toward their World Conservation Awards.
September 14, 2003: Shoreline Cleanup
The community and CVNS members participated in the Georgia Strait Alliance's annual 'Great Shoreline Cleanup' around the Courtenay Estuary. Unusual items found included a shopping cart and a cowboy boot.
August 27, 2003: Invasive Plant Work
The invasive plant control crew take a break at the get-together celebrating the end of their summer work. Ernie Sellentin co-ordinated the crew in removing purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris, and knotweed from the Courtenay River estuary and wetlands, and replanting the areas with native species.
July 3, 2003: Mason Bee and Butterfly Kiosk
CVNS President Ed Dahl and member Norma Morton install a dedication plaque on the new Mason Bee and Butterfly Information Kiosk at the Anderton Therapeutic Gardens. The structure was funded from a bequest by Jane Foskett, an early CVNS member. The structure complements the butterfly garden created last year by Norma Morton who is also a director with the Therapeutic Gardens.
June 9, 2003: Highland Student
Highland student Peter Crockford was awarded the Comox ValleyNaturalists Society Bursary of one thousand dollars at the awards ceremony on June 9. Krista Kaptein of the CVNS presented the award. The CVNS annual bursary is awarded for academic standing, as well as for involvement in environmental or natural history activities. Students from either of the two local secondary schools, who are proceeding to a post-secondary institution, are eligible. Crockford plans to attend the University of Victoria to study Environmental Sciences.
May 10, 2003: AGM Banquet, Kamloops
Over a dozen CVNS members attended the FBCN Spring AGM in Kamloops, and enjoyed the birding, botany, and Saturday evening banquet.
April 21, 2003: Easter Broom Bash
On a beautiful Easter Monday, the Comox Valley Naturalists Society were out working in the Courtenay Lagoon Park as part of their ongoing stewardship of the park. About a dozen members turned out to eradicate broom and brambles with loppers, trimmers, and the new heavy-duty weed pullers, which were purchased with funds from Interfor through Envirochem Services. Over the years the society has planted native trees, shrubs, and flowers, as well as controlling invasive species, with the aim of establishing a Garry oak ecosystem in the park.
January 26, 2003: Beginner Birding Walk