Guest Speaker: Scott Wallace, Sun. Oct. 21, 2018

CVN invites the public to learn about

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture. Join Dr. Scott Wallace for an illustrated talk entitled: “Can the Species at Risk Act Recover Southern Resident Killer Whales?” The lecture is on Sunday Oct. 21, 2018 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

The Southern Residents are a distinct population of killer whales who frequently use the Salish Sea during the summer months. They have been legally protected under the provision of the Species at Risk Act for nearly 15 years. During this time the population has suffered from increased threats of prey reduction, contaminants and disturbance. The population is now at its historically lowest number and has not had a successful birth in over three years. This talk will discuss the biological, political, and legal challenges of protecting this unique population.

Dr. Scott Wallace is a marine ecologist employed by the David Suzuki Foundation as a Senior Research Scientist. Scott is an educator, author, activist, naturalist and scientist whose career has focused on marine conservation. His work at the David Suzuki Foundation is centered on species at risk, healthy oceans, citizen science and sustainable fisheries. He has taught several university and college level courses focused on the marine and coastal ecology of British Columbia. Scott sits on several fishery advisory boards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about Southern Resident Killer Whales.


Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with 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.  Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) 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 Ave., Courtenay.  Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth.  Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website

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Upcoming Walks: October 2018 – February 2019

Variances only  announced by Loys Maingon


CVN Walks October 2018 -February 2019 .PDF
CVN WALKS:  October 2018 to February 2019
All walks minimum 2 hrs
Carpooling at either Old Downtown Courtenay Thrifty’s or Country Market north of Courtenay
Day, date and Month Carpooling place and time Destination Difficulty
Sunday October 7 Thrifty’s  8:30am Nile Creek (PUBLIC) easy hike
Sunday October 14 Country Market  8:30am Elk River Trail easy hike
Saturday October 20 Country Market  8:30am Ripple Rock easy hike
Sunday October 28 Coal hills Special EVENT  VIRM (October 27 and 28)
Sunday November 4 Trailhead Nymph Falls (PUBLIC) level walk
Sunday November 11 Thrifty’s  8:30am Comox Lake Reserve hike
Saturday November 17 Thrifty’s  8:30am Ships Point / Mud Bay level walk
Sunday November 25 Trailhead (Bates Rd) Seal Bay Park Marine side stair walk
Sunday  December 2 Country Market  8:30am Pub to Pub/Oyster River level walk
Sunday December 9 Trailhead (Tsolum River Road) Tsolum Spirit Park level walk
Saturday December 15 Trailhead Kye Bay Beach level with cobbles
Sunday January 6 Country Market  8:30am Pub to Pub/Oyster River (PUBLIC) level walk
Sunday January 13 Trailhead (Powerhouse Rd.) Puntledge  Park/ Ruth Masters Level walk
Saturday January 19 Trailhead DND Entrance.) Goose Spit level with cobbles
Sunday January 27 Condensory Bridge Condensory Bridge to Air Park level walk
Sunday February 3 Trailhead (Bates Rd.) Seal Bay, Melda’s Marsh level walk
Participants are expected to wear good hiking shooes and rainproofs and to assume their own safety.
Walks are for CVN members. Only walks Marked “PUBLIC” are open to the general public.


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Jensen Keltie, CVN Bursary Recipient, 2018

Jensen Keltie is a graduating grade 12 student from Vanier Secondary School.
The Bursary Committee chose Jensen for her outstanding academic achievement, her active participation in conservation and environmental issues and her contribution to the Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station in Bowser as a summer student and volunteer for several years. Her involvement at the station in various research projects on marine organisms and aquatic animal husbandry encouraged her to pursue a Bachelor of Science program with a focus on marine biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax this fall. As a marine biologist, Jensen’s goal is to participate in projects that promote awareness and conservation of marine life and support environmental stewardship. We wish Jensen much success in her studies and future endeavours! Congratulations!



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Upcoming Walk: Sunday, 29th July 2018, Hike to Aston Pond

SUN. July 29, 8:30am: Hike to Aston Pond (near Panther Lake)

A long day hike (14 km round trip)  with biologist Loys Maingon on subalpine pond ecology. Pack a lunch. Meet at Parking area on Strathcona Parkway just off Highway 19 at 8.30 am to carpool -a vehicle with good clearance necessary for logging road access. Sturdy footwear is essential – be prepared for sudden changes in the weather in the mountains. Always carry water. No dogs, please. Participants should always check the SWI website for  any changes in scheduling or trail conditions, 24 hours before the scheduled hikes. ( For more information and to pre-register email: Note : due to uncertainties as to the condition of the trail, participants should carry equipment for an overnight stay.

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