Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques in Creston
POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2021
This introductory course provides students with an opportunity to improve their amphibian species identification and handling skills, learn about survey design and standard inventory and monitoring techniques, and get hands-on experience surveying for amphibians in a variety of settings. Offered through Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology.
Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation
POSTPONED UNTIL LATE OCTOBER
This two-day Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology conference in Kimberley will address key questions in the development and application of camera trap methods. By showcasing established and emerging case studies, the conference will be a forum for sharing lessons on fundamental topics such as sampling design, data management and analysis, and multi-project collaboration.
Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations & Participatory Leadership Retreat
This leadership training opportunity is hosted as a partnership between CBEEN and Selkirk College. This is the first time this renowned training has been held in the Kootenays — and it is focussed on climate change. This retreat at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake will build your capacity for incorporating collaborative solutions, conflict resolution and collective wisdom building into your personal and organizational leadership practice with a focus on community action.
An Evening with David Suzuki
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, An Evening with David Suzuki and the related student events planned for May 1 are postponed until a later date. All ticket purchases will be refunded.
Creston Valley Bird Fest
CANCELLED FOR 2020
The Creston Valley Bird Fest offers the opportunity to explore the wonderful bird biodiversity of the Creston Valley. Besides guided birding tours and canoe trips, events include botany and native bee hikes, and visits to local food and wine producers.
Wings Over the Rockies Festival
CANCELLED FOR 2020
Wings Over the Rockies is one of Canada’s largest wildlife festivals and takes place in various locations throughout the Columbia Valley each year in the month of May. The festival offers a rare opportunity to see and learn about birds and other wildlife species in their natural habitat.
Columbia Basin Symposia in Trail / Golden
Every three years, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) offers this free opportunity for the people of the Basin to get together, connect with each other and the Trust, work toward solutions to common issues and celebrate collective accomplishments and CBT’s 25th anniversary. In 2020 CBT will be offering two symposia in two locations. That way, more people can take part. The agendas will be identical, so save the date to attend only one. Anyone who lives in Columbia Basin Trust region is welcome to attend one of the symposia.
2020 Virtual International Wildlife Film Festival
April 18-25, Online
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 43rd IWFF will go digital and create a virtual festival experience the week of April 18-25. We aim to create an IWFF home experience that will honor films, sponsors, guests, educators and exemplify the way media can be utilized in a new reality. The film competition will continue to be juried and winners will be announced during the Virtual Festival. Programming will be posted in early April, including 45+ streaming films with a 1-7 day viewing window that’s free to the public, plus more.
Earth Day 2020: 50th Anniversary
April 22, Online
Earth Day 2020 marks 50 years of this global event.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of climate change action have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Most Earth Day 2020 events have gone online, so check with your local network to see what’s available in your area.
Webinar: Indigenous Arts and Sciences: Connecting STEM to Indigenous Science
April 29, Online
Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network is partnering to present this webinar. Indigenous Arts and Sciences (IAS) is an approach to environmental science education that engages Indigenous wisdom and scientific processes rooted in respect and reciprocity. While these are distinct from the more linear and chronological traditions of Western science, there are intersections at which Western sciences and Traditional ecological knowledge can meet and interact with one another to their mutual benefit. This webinar is a story about Earth Partnership’s Indigenous Arts and Sciences — how it began, how the collaboration works, and what has been learned (and what is still being learned) along the way.
Advanced Field Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
June 1-4, Revelstoke
This course will combine field-experience listening to bird calls and songs during three mornings at the height of the breeding season, with hands-on recording practice to generate sound files. Each afternoon, the class will learn to edit and review their recordings using sound visualization software on their personal laptop computers. Offered through Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology.
Currently proceeding as planned; will re-assess in April.
Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society CABIN workshop
June 17-18, Nelson
This summer the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) will be launching their latest citizen science water monitoring program on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Interested volunteers are invited to attend this 2-day workshop on the CABIN protocol, co-hosted by Living Lakes Canada. This program will offer an opportunity for passionate water stewardship advocates to develop the skills to monitor their watershed. This program will also assist FOKLSS in obtaining valuable data on stream health. Registration will open May 1.
These dates and timelines will remain flexible to comply with any changing recommendations from the Interior Health Authority on public gatherings.
Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2020
July 22-23, Rossland
If you plan and assess projects, facilitate meetings and write reports – the skills from this workshop are applicable immediately. You do not need to be an artist and everyone can learn the basics to help enhance your meetings, engagement, and sense making.
In the case that face-to-face meetings are not possible in July, other options for delivering this workshop are being considered.
KCP Fall Gathering & AGM – Save the Date!
October 16-17, TBA (West Kootenay)
The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary vehicles to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. The Fall Gathering is a wonderful opportunity to learn about conservation projects in the Kootenays, share knowledge and information, and network with other organizations in the Kootenays. All KCP Partners and members of the public are invited to this free event.
Currently proceeding as planned.