JANUARY 23, 2020- MILLARD CREEK NATURE PARK

This bird walk will be led by Nancy St. Hilaire.

Take Fraser Road (just past Millard) from the old highway. Turn left on to Comox Logging Road. Meet at the corner of Comox Logging Road and Buckstone Road at 9am. There is a new parking area and trail, with extra parking along Comox Valley Logging Rd.

We will take the new trail to the tracks and walk along the tracks to Millard Creek Nature Park and back. I have been seeing a good number of species in this area.

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Guest Speaker : Denman Island Marine Stewards, Protecting Marine Ecosystem, 19. January 2020

CVN invites the public to learn about protecting a Marine EcosystemAerial photo of the annual herring spawn at the North End of Denman Island. Photo by Hal Schulz

 

 

Aerial photo of the annual herring spawn at the North End of Denman Island.
Photo by Hal Schulz.

 

 

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture by Dorrie Woodward and Barbara Mills from the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS).  They will present ADIMS many efforts to advocate for, and protect the vital marine ecosystem surrounding Denman Island. The lecture is on Sunday January 19, 2020 and will start after introductions at 7:00pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Since 50% of all oxygen that we breathe comes from the Ocean, protecting the marine environment is an important aspect of addressing the climate crisis. Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel comprise an ecosystem that is essential to the survival of the Pacific Food Web.  Working to decrease the impacts of human activities and support its ecological resiliency is a complex task.  Through photos and video, Dorrie and Barb will provide unique insight into the importance of these waters, and the factors that threaten them.  They will also share the many initiatives that the Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS) have embarked upon to advocate for this irreplaceable marine ecosystem.

Barb and Dorrie are on the board of directors for ADIMS and full-time residents of Denman Island.  They have worked with islanders, scientists, politicians, First Nations, and government in order to shed a light on the importance and fragility of this marine ecosystem. Through petitions, articles, Power Points, and advocacy of  to government panels, they have slowly influenced awareness and change.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about efforts to protect a valuable marine ecosystem.

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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Sunday, February 2, 2020 Bird Walk

New birders are welcome to this bird watchers outing on the beach at Point Holmes. Bruce Moffat will be the leader. To get suitable tide level we will meet at 1:00pm. Meet near the gazebo on Lazo Road.

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Restoration Project 2019 Courtenay River Airpark

This years 2019 Restoration Report for the Courtenay River Airpark has been posted on the Comox Valley Nature Website. It is under publications on the top bar of the page. Click on this and go to Wetland Restoration. I wish to thank all the volunteers who helped keep the project going for its 25th year.
A limited number of hard copies are also available.
Thanks once again.
Frank Hovenden

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