CBWN  Columbia Connector
 September 2016  
CBWN Regional Fall Workshops!

News from our Members!
CBWN Member News
Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey participants

Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey fall count dates are coming soon! Fall 2016 survey dates will take place on Thursday Sept. 29th, Wednesday Oct. 5th, and Saturday Oct. 15th from 10am to 1 pm. Wildsight Golden has more information.

Living Lakes Canada would like to invite all those interested in Citizen Science and the future of Lakes to the upcoming North American Lake Management Society conference that they are co-sponsoring in Banff next wee (see poster below).

Friends of Kootenay Lake is hosting its annual Fall Summit Oct 22, at the Ashram in Riondel. The CBWN is partnering with Friends of Kootenay Lake, and several other member groups will be sharing expertise and discussion through afternoon workshops, including Eastshore Freshwater Habitat, East Shore Trail and Bike, Creston Valley Trails, and Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers. See poster below  

... see our CBWN Member News page for these stories and more ...

CBWN Members, Mapping and Data
CBWN/SGRC Mapping Program
GIS maps = data + location

QGIS for Beginners:
Saturday October 29, CBWN, Cranbrook

An introduction to GIS and the use of QGIS. QGIS is a low-cost, open source mapping package, free to start. To learn more about QGIS, see the QGIS website.
For more information about these sessions, go to the CBWN website.
To register for the Cranbrook session, click here.
Email CBWN if you are interested in a different date or location.

Member Data Inventory
As a first step towards making member data more available, CBWN will be contacting members in October and November to find out what data you have that you would like to share more widely! Email CBWN to get your data on the list and we will contact you to find out what you have!

This program o
ffered in partnership with Selkirk College, Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre
with the support of the Water and Environment Program of Columbia Basin Trust

News from Funders

Columbia Basin Trust Environment Program, Fall 2016
Fall Environment Grants Program maximum $60,000
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program 

Summarized from the FWCP newsletter:
FWCP is accepting grant applications now for fish and wildlife projects starting in 2017. Several levels of funding are available: seed grants to help get project ideas started, small grants for projects under $20,000, and large grants for projects valued at more than $20,000.

Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday October, 28, 2016. 
Our Priorities: Streams, Wetlands and North Columbia  
In addition to alignment with our Action Plans the FWCP Columbia Region Board is looking for grant applications that address one or more of these priorities: 1) stream habitat restoration and enhancement, 2) riparian and wetland restoration and conservation, and 3) projects that will be delivered in the North Columbia. For more information, please visit our website, and read our Grant Application Information Kit.   

UKEEP Still Here for 2017-18 
Don't forget that you can apply for funding in the East Kootenay under the Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (UKEEP) the same way you would apply for any FWCP grant. Thanks to funding from Columbia Basin Trust , we're supporting 14 fish and wildlife projects for more than $725,000 that are improving fish passage, increasing forage for Bighorn Sheep, and supporting Mule Deer populations, among others.  
Contact Columbia Region Manager, Crystal Klym    
Please contact Crystal by email or phone (250-365-4591) if you have any questions or wish to discuss your project idea.   


For our complete grants listings, see our web page
Aquatic Invasives News and Updates   

Headlines from our Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Regional aquatic invasive species: new website

A new 'one stop shop' for all things aquatic invasive species!

Mussel Protection: Clean Drain Dry

Please consider renting a watercraft if you will be travelling outside of British Columbia, instead of traveling with yours.

From the BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Status Report
As of the end of August, the Province of BC reports that eleven watercraft carrying live invasive mussels were stopped entering BC. Eight of these had been through an inspection station and BC was notified of t
heir arrival, while 3 were intercepted without notice. 10 of the 11 boats were coming from Ontario, while 1 was coming from Lake Mead, Nevada.

Another 82 watercraft were given decontamination orders, with 62 of those receiving quarantine orders. For the statistics on boat inspections and other Provincial invasive species control efforts,
click here.

Volunteer Opportunities 
In the Revelstoke Area, your regional committee is the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
In the West Kootenays, watch for Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
In the East Kootenays, the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
North of Revelstoke, contact the NorthWest Invasive Plants Council.
Reporting Invasive Species 

For reporting information, contact your regional group, Invasive Species Council of BC, or use the phone numbers and contacts on our website.


For Event updates, please see our Events page on our website.

September 28-30
Living Lakes Canada Water Rally
Vancouver BC

September 28, 7-9:30 pm
The Real Thing: The Life of Ian McTaggart Cowan, Father of Canadian Ecology
College of the Rockies Cranbrook, Lecture Theatre 250
Cranbrook BC

September 27-30
Under Western Skies 2016: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis
Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

September 30 - Oct 1
Vancouver, BC
co-hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, the Fraser Basin Council, and the First Nations Fisheries Council

October 1
 Identifying Common Mosses and Lichens
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
Revelstoke BC

September 30 - Oct 2
Glacier National Park
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

October 7
Seniors Centre, Nakusp, BC

October 13 - 14  
Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent 
Fernie, BC

October 18-19
Bio-Engineering: A Restoration Course
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
Revelstoke BC

October 18-20
Trend Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
Revelstoke BC

October 19-20
Landowner Outreach Workshops
Kootenay Conservation Program
Nelson and Cranbrook 

October 22
Fourth Annual Kootenay Lake Summit
Please register through Friends of Kootenay Lake
with Columbia Basin Watershed Network Regional Member Workshop
Ashram, Riondel BC

October 29
Columbia Basin Watershed Network Regional Member Workshop
With QGIS for Beginners, offered for members and the public
And Member Workshop
For more information and to register  
Manual Training School, Cranbrook Public Library, Cranbrook, BC

Nov 1-4
Science to Stewardship: Balancing Economic Growth with Lake Sustainability 
NALMS 2016 Symposium
Sponsored by Living Lakes Canada and Alberta Lake Management Society
Banff, AB

November 25-26
2016 Fall Gathering and AGM
Kootenay Conservation Program
Creston, BC

November 26
Community Celebration: Fernie
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Fernie BC

June 1-2, 2017
Community Based Social Marketing Institute
Featuring Douglas Mackenzie-Mohr
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Selkirk College, Castlegar BC

For more events, please see our Events page on our website. 

Email us about your next event so we can share it here!