Comox Valley Nature has a number of active groups focussed on nature and the environment. These include: Birders, Botany, Courtenay Airpark, Weekend Walkers, Conservation, Garry Oaks, Environmental Heritage & Culture, Photography, Shoreline, Swan Count, Tree of the Year, and Wetland Restoration.
The CVN Annual General Meeting on Sunday, February 16, 2020 will feature brief presentations by the Shoreline Group and the Birders Group. In addition, Gabriel Bau Baiges (former CVN Secretary) will present an update of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service Capital Projects. The presentations will start after introductions at 7:00pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.
The Shoreline Group, led by paleobotanist Randal Mindell, have monthly field trips to explore the intertidal zone during the day as well as at night. The field trips highlight the geology, seaweeds, invertebrates, and the occasional intertidal fish found in the local area. The presentation will summarise the observations from some of these field trips during 2019.
The Birders have a bimonthly meeting as well as informal outings for CVN members. This is a great way to learn bird identification, meet people, and explore new locales within the Comox Valley. There are three Bird Counts conducted by CVN: annual Spring count, annual Christmas count, and weekly Trumpeter Swan counts in winter. Kelly Kline (Birder Group leader) will present a summary of the 2019 Christmas bird count.
Gabriel is a Professional Engineer with 20 years of experience managing solid and liquid waste projects. Gabriel is currently working for the Comox Valley Regional District to open a new compost facility and improve the condition of our landfills. Gabriel will provide an overview of the projects he is leading within the Comox Strathcona Waste Management service. This overview includes projects on protecting our environment through the management of our garbage, the closure of landfills and opening of new recycling programs.
This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the activities of Comox Valley Nature.