Guest Speaker : Paula Wild, In Search of the Real Wolf, 17. November 2019

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture featuring author Paula Wild.

Katmai National Park, July 5th – 8th, 2007. Photo copyright Paul Stinsa 2007

In Search of the Real Wolf” features striking images of wolves, as well as some little-known facts. The lecture is on Sunday Nov. 17, 2019 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Wolves once roamed most of North America and Eurasia but vigorous eradication programs drastically reduced their numbers and in some cases destroyed entire populations. Now wolves are returning to their former habitat and encounters with humans are becoming more frequent. In her talk Wild examines the complex web of myth and misconception that surrounds this predator.

Paula Wild is intrigued by the relationships between people, places and the natural world. She is an award-winning author of seven books including her newest release, Return of the Wolf: Conflict & Coexistence (Douglas & McIntyre 2018), which received a Silver Medal in Ecology/Environment in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her previous book, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre 2013), was a BC Bestseller in Canada, as well as the Gold winner for Foreword Review’s Nature Book of the Year in the USA. Both books will be available for purchase.

Wild is also the author of The Comox Valley; One River, Two Cultures: A History of the Bella Coola Valley and Sointula Island Utopia. All appeared on the Vancouver Sun BC Bestseller list soon after publication. Sointula received an award from the BC Historical Federation, which cited the book as “a significant contribution to BC history.”
Paula Wild’s webpage: https://www.paulawild.ca/
This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about wolves.

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, Marine & Shoreline, Conservation, 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 or 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 http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/

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Public invitation to Urban Forest Conference 26. October 2019

CVN Press Release

Comox Valley Nature Holds 1 Day Island Conference on Courtenay’s Urban Forest Plan and Its Implications for Climate Change and Biodiversity

Comox Valley Nature is opening its annual Fall Vancouver Island Regional BC Nature conference to the public to initiate a public conversation on the implementation of Courtenay’s Urban Forest Plan within the upcoming Official Community Plan Review.  After much hard work and public consultation Courtenay Council has approved a remarkable and far-seeing urban forest plan that deserves to be supported for successful implementation by all concerned.  The goal of the conference is to initiate an open forum where the many benefits of bringing nature into our cities may be discussed, and the means to implement or further its goals can be considered.

     

Nature is increasingly recognized for its numerous physical and mental health effects. Conventional planning is however also become notorious for its adverse social and mental effects. Which are known as “the Glasgow effect”. Decades of misguided hard-urban engineering have taken a toll on our local ecology.  CVN is bringing together some of the best local expertise to discuss local problems and solutions that may guide considerations in the next iteration of the OCP.  Participants include: Nancy Gothard  (Courtenay Town Planner) who will present the “Courtenay Urban Forest Plan”;  Loys Maingon (Registered Biologist and environmental historian) “Re-thinking the Urban Forest Plan in an Age of Climate Emergency”;  Will Marsh (Geomorphologist), “Adaptive Design”;  Thomas Dishlevoy (Registered Architect), “The Comox Valley Living City Challenge”;  Alison Mewett (BC Landscape Architect) “Urban Trees”; and Royann Petrell (Ecological engineer) “Urban Avian Ecology”.

The conference will be held October 26th, 9am to 6pm and includes lunch. Registration for the Conference is limited to 90 which is the capacity of The Green Room at The Filberg Centre. Pre-Registration is $30 and will be cut-off October 23 to allow for in-person registration at the door, if space remains.  Registration payment is by PayPal (Donation “other”) at: https://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/contact-us, or cash or cheque at the door.  Email inquiries can be directed at: cvbcagm@gmail.com .

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.  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.

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 $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 http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/   or Loys Maingon

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Guest Speaker: David Fraser, Bird Observation on Vancouver Island, 20. October 2019

CVN invites the public to learn about bird observation on Vancouver Island

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture. Join David Fraser for a talk entitled: “Things I Learned Birding for 31 Years with Tom Briggs: – a man I never met.” The lecture is on Sunday Oct. 20, 2019 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Skylark sketch by David Fraser

Tom Briggs

In 1995 a trio of notebooks with nearly daily bird observations from Vancouver Island appeared on David Fraser’s desk with no indication of where they came from. A happy accident 20 years later led to the note taker’s identity and enabled David to enter the records into eBird.  Tom Brigg’s observations reveal some interesting changes in Vancouver Island birds, their distribution, behaviour and status. A talk illustrated with David’s sketches, paintings, photos and video clips.

David Fraser is a naturalist, artist and biologist.  Until 2018 he was the Unit Head of Species Conservation Science for the BC Ministry of Environment.  David has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada for over 20 years.  He is a keen birder and eBirder.

David’s Blog: https://leaningoaks.ca/index.html

eBird Profile for David Fraser: https://ebird.org/profile/MTAxMTQ0/world

eBird Profile for Tom Briggs: https://ebird.org/profile/NjU5ODIy/CA-BC-CP

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the some interesting changes in Vancouver Island birds

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, Marine & Shoreline, Conservation, 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 or 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 http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/

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Program Schedule Urban Forests and Sustainable Cities Conference 26. October 2019 Courtenay

Urban Forests and Sustainable Cities Conference Program Schedule

The Conference is  October 26th, from 9 am to 6 pm, at the Filberg Center 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. The goal of this conference is to have an open forum for discussions and recommendations based on current knowledge of urban design and ecology. We are asking that all interested parties pre-register at cvbcagm@gmail.com. The cost is $30 per person, cash or cheque (payable to Comox Valley Nature) at the door on October 26th. A light lunch is included.

The program schedule is as follows.

8:00       Doors open for sign in and payment, cash or cheque only, (no cards)

9:00       Welcome from CVN and thank you to attendees (Jim Boulter)

9:05       Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells; Welcome from City of Courtenay and CVRD

9:15       Nancy GothardCourtenay Urban Forest Plan

Nancy Gothard has been with the City of Courtenay since 2010, hired as the organization’s first Environmental Planner in which she worked on development applications and monitoring. Her current title of Policy Planner is within the newly formed Community and Sustainability Planning Division at the City and includes longer range policy work including the review of the City’s Official Community Plan.

10:10    Loys Maingon “A New Understanding of Forest Ecology

Loys Maingon (MA, PhD, MSc) is registered professional Biologist, webinar host for the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists and Secretary for the Association of Professional Biologists of BC. He currently serves as Research Director for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.

11:05    Will Marsh “Adaptive Design

William M. Marsh is University of Michigan professor emeritus of physical geography and Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, UBC. He is author of several books on environment and land planning, including Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications (2010. John Wiley, NY).

12:00 to 12:45 Light lunch of Soup and sandwiches included in registration fee

12:45 Thomas Dishlevoy: “The Comox Valley Living City Challenge”.

Tom is a registered architect and urbanist with over 20 years of practice in the Comox Valley. He is a LEED certified professional and the Ambassador for the Living Building Challenge on Vancouver Island.

1:40 Alison Mewett: “Urban Trees

Alison M. Mewett is a BC Landscape Architect who lives in the Comox Valley. She has practiced landscape planning and design in the private and public sectors for 35 years, including a stint with the CVRD as manager of parks and environment.

2: 35 Royann Petrell:Urban Avian Ecology

Royann Petrell (PhD, MSc) is a professor emerita from UBC, and has developed research tools to
monitor wild aquatic species, establish a better understanding of sustainable aquaculture as well as remove heavy metals from storm water using waste materials. She considers herself to be an ecological engineer, and always begins an engineering design with needs of the organism within its environment.

3: 30 Round table and discussions with Q&A

4:30 to 6:00 Informal social and discussion time

6:00 Conference closes.

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