Conservation in the Kootenays
Monthly eNews
February 2021
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Featuring profiles from the Stewardship Solutions Online Toolkit
Help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals within the Regional District of the Central Kootenay and Areas A & B of the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary. Contact the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society to learn more about how to control them on your property, and receive support for treatment.

For the Love of the Kootenays!
Daily stewardship video series starting February 10
If you are interested in a pick-me-up during the heart of winter, KCP has the perfect solution. We have put together an inspiring playlist of 12 short videos called "For the Love of the Kootenays". How it will work is that first thing each morning we will send you an email with a link to a new video from one of our Stewardship Solutions providers for you to watch with your morning coffee or beverage of choice to help jump-start your day in an inspiring way. We will be touring the Kootenays to learn how to report invasive species and monitor for swallows and bats, how to help with local water quality monitoring, how to support farmland conservation, and much more. For the Love of the Kootenays will begin on February 10 and continue for 12 week days until February 26. You just need to register once and each morning look for an email from us. It's a great way to quickly learn about the great people, organizations and work happening in the Kootenays.
KCP Winter Webinar Series
Our webinars series is underway, online registration is still open!
Our 2021 Winter Webinar Series is on the theme “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. The first webinar has concluded (view recording of Drones & Dens: Using non-invasive techniques to find wolverine dens) with 3 fascinating presentations remaining:
  • A Provincial and Regional Overview of BC’s Old Growth Forests: Where Are We At and What Happens Now? with Rachel Holt - Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10 - 11 am PT / 11 am – 12 pm MT REGISTER
  • Looking for the Big Picture: The Creston Valley Green Map and Habitat Connectivity with Brian Churchill - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10 - 11 am PT / 11 am – 12 pm MT REGISTER
  • Columbia Valley Wetland Mapping Project: Combining Digital Technologies and Wetland Ecology with Ryan Durand - Thursday, February 25, 2021, 10 - 11 am PT / 11 am – 12 pm MT REGISTER
Detailed webinar descriptions and information about the presenters can be found at the registration links as well as on the Winter Webinar Series page on the KCP website.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Member
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking qualified members for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC). The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis.
Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
Seeking information related to reptile and amphibian conservation activities
The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy’s Species Conservation Science Section is seeking information related to reptile and amphibian conservation activities completed in the province over the last 10 years. This includes land and species-based activities such as species inventory, wetland restoration, wildlife mortality mitigation efforts, protection of habitats and development of guidance documents (e.g. BMPs), etc. The goal is to track the extensive conservation work completed to date and inform future conservation priorities. If you have been involved in advancing herpetofauna conservation in BC in the last decade, please contact Matt Morrison, project lead for this tracking initiative. . Each project Submitted will count as an entry for a draw to win an assortment of gift cards. Deadline for submission is February 19.
Contact Matt at Matt.Morrison@gov.bc.ca or 778-679-2212.

Living Lakes Canada
Columbia Basin Water Hub Data Quality Survey
Do you work with or around water? Have you ever used a dataset involving water? Or maybe you are just a concerned citizen wondering if your water is safe to drink? We are all dependent on water, and data is a crucial part of monitoring the health of our watersheds. The Columbia Basin Water Hub is looking for your input. Please fill out the survey below and help build a community standard for water data in the Columbia Basin. Survey closes on Wednesday February 3 at noon PST.

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society
Podcast Episode 5: Rewilding the System: Restoring the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands
Friends of Kootenay Lake just launched episode 5 of their podcast series featuring Norm Allard, the community planner for the Yaqan Nukiy (Lower Kootenay Band). This podcast covers the following topics: History of the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands; the importance of this ecosystem to the Yaqan Nukiy community/people and the cultural history of its significance; the work being done to restore the wetlands; concerns, impacts; species at risk; restoration plans and priorities; details on the complex process of restoring ecosystems.

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
CSISS holds meeting to discuss invasive freshwater clams in Shuswap Lake
On January 20, 2021, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) held a partner meeting with 72 attendees, including local and provincial government representatives, non-profits, the regional district, Indigenous Peoples and other community members who are concerned about the recent discovery of invasive freshwater clams (Corbicula fluminea) in Shuswap Lake. Last year a live population of Corbicula fluminea, an invasive freshwater clam (also known as golden, pygmy, or Asian clam), was found in the Salmon Arm reach of Shuswap Lake. There is potential for this species to spread throughout the waterbody and also to other nearby waterbodies. 

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
Kaslo biologist questions logging at unique West Kootenay bat site
Dr. Cori Lausen, bat specialist for WCS, studies a population of bats above Beasley and says not enough is being done to protect the large population of bats that live in three cutblocks in the Smallwood Creek drainage above Beasley.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
New resources added to Outdoor Learning Store
CBEEN has added new resources to their Outdoor Learning Store, including Indigenous resources, Climate Change resources and Invasives resources.
Green Shores Level 1 - Introduction to Green Shores
Start any time, Online learning course
This course introduces participants to basic shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices, with emphasis on the purpose and application of the Green Shores rating systems. The content is of interest to shoreline professionals, landowners, conservation organizations, local government staff, elected officials, real estate agents, and others who have a general interest in shoreline protection. Green Shores Level 1 is a prerequisite for Green Shores Level 2 for shoreline practitioners. This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 3 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.

Y2Y Virtual Film Fest - Film #3: 'Wild Ways: Corridors of Life'
February 3, Online
The third and final film of the very first 'Y2Y Film Fest' is Wild Ways: Corridors of Life ,which showcases new, cutting-edge solutions for making room for wildlife on an ever-more crowded planet, including some of the efforts of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, human development has usurped the homelands of the largest mammals on Earth and confined them to parks and preserves. Recent research shows that these environments are too small and disconnected to sustain healthy populations of animals. Scientists and ecologists are now increasingly focusing on connectivity conservation, which aims to link these isolated groups of wildlife in novel ways. Join Y2Y’s U.S. Program Manager Jessie Grossman and Y2Y’s Senior U.S. Program Coordinator Nick Clarke for a discussion, and Q and A after the film, which starts at 6 p.m. MT.

For the Love of the Kootenays!
February 10-26, Online
If you are interested in a pick-me-up during the heart of winter, KCP has the perfect solution. We have put together an inspiring playlist of 12 short videos called "For the Love of the Kootenays". How it will work is that first thing each morning we will send you an email with a link to a new video from one of our Stewardship Solutions providers for you to watch with your morning coffee or beverage of choice to help jump-start your day in an inspiring way. We will be touring the Kootenays to learn how to report invasive species and monitor for swallows and bats, how to help with local water quality monitoring, how to support farmland conservation, and much more. For the Love of the Kootenays will begin on February 10 and continue for 12 week days until February 26. You just need to register once and each morning look for an email from us. It's a great way to quickly learn about the great people, organizations and work happening in the Kootenays.

A Provincial and Regional Overview of BC’s Old Growth Forests: Where Are We At and What Happens Now?
February 11, Online
Join Rachel Holt for the second webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. Old forest matters; not only for its inherent qualities, but also because old forest retention is the Province’s principle strategy to maintain biodiversity. In the last year, a report by Price, Holt and Daust entitled BC’s Old Growth Forests: A Last Stand for Biodiversity highlighted the very poor condition of productive old forest in BC, and recommended key actions to prevent matters from getting worse. At the same time, an independent panel (The Strategic Old Growth Panel) wrote a report for the Minister of Forests outlining the state of old forests in the province, and they also provided 14 recommendations. This talk by Rachel Holt will bring together the findings from these reports and provide an overview of what issues are relevant to the future of old forest regionally and provincially.

Looking for the Big Picture: The Creston Valley Green Map and Habitat Connectivity
February 17, Online
Join Brian Churchill for the second webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. Green Maps are used worldwide to highlight nature and its value to healthier communities. They often highlight values that are sometimes overlooked, yet are integral to sustainable human communities. Wildsight Creston Valley Branch developed the Creston Valley Green Map project to engage the public in environmental awareness through science and to highlight conservation leverage in the valley. It also provides a focus and vision for conservation collaborations especially with changes looming from climate change predictions. Brian Churchill will review the development and structure of the GIS based Green Map and discusses its use and future development.

Opportunities, Barriers, Strategies towards Inclusion
February 18, Online
This webinar hosted by the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network will focus on the implementation of inclusion. It will include some strategies for working with the complexity of inclusion as well as the challenges and the opportunities it presents. Along with being the Accessibility Planner for the City of Vancouver, facilitator Karen Lai is an Inclusion and Accessibility Consultant through which she facilitates inclusion training for companies, educators, organizations, and other special interest groups.

Columbia Valley Wetland Mapping Project: Combining Digital Technologies and Wetland Ecology
February 25, Online
Join Ryan Durand for the second webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. In 2019, the Kootenay Connect and the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners initiated a project to map the Columbia Valley Wetlands — a large internationally recognized RAMSAR wetland complex. The Columbia Wetlands, which encompass 180km of valley bottom from Canal Flats to north of Golden, are largely undeveloped and difficult to access and study. Using a combination of digital imagery, LiDAR, and drone technology, the entire complex was mapped and each wetland type classified using the provincial Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification system. The mapping is being used to help manage the wetlands and protect species at risk.

CBT Ecosystem Enhancement Program: Online Info Sessions – Save the Date!
March 3 & 9, Online
Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program is entering year five of its program to support large-scale ecosystem enhancement, restoration, and conservation projects. An online introductory program information session will be held on March 3 and 9. Are you new to the program or want a refresh on the program and its process and would like to attend? 

March Mix & Mingle
March 4, Online
Hosted by Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network, join educators from across the Columbia basin and beyond in this informal virtual gathering. There will be break outs into smaller groups to give you a chance to chat with fellow educators with some fun conversation starters. And, of course, there will be prizes. This is a free event.

2021 Fire in the Crown of the Continent Virtual Forum – Save the Date!
March 22-26, Online
The Crown Managers Partnership is holding the 2021 Fire in the Crown Continent forum virtually this year. Each day will feature a new (approximately 4 hour) session. Details such as the online platform, specific time of day/agenda, and registration will be available soon.

Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques in Creston
April 13-14, Creston
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
May 18-20, Kimberley
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.

Understanding Statistics & Decision-Making for Natural Resource Managers
May 25 • June 1 • June 8, Online
This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology course is for project managers who have to interpret the results of statistical analyses and make decisions about how much data to collect and which management actions to undertake. The course focuses on the fundamentals of uncertainty, effect sizes, significance, decision theory and the value of information. It does not require a statistical background and doesn’t involve any modelling although different types of results are presented and discussed. This three-day online course is spread out over three weeks.

Advanced Field Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
May 31-June 3, 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.
2021 Brink/McLean Grassland Conservation Fund
Deadline: February 12, 2021
The objective of the Brink/McLean Grassland Conservation Fund is to promote research, habitat restoration and other stewardship activities that will assist in the management of the land, plants and animals of BC’s native grasslands. This fund was established by The Nature Trust of BC in May 2001 and it honours two of Canada’s most celebrated conservationists and past Board members (Dr. Bert Brink and Dr. Alastair McLean) who devoted much of their lives to conserving BC’s native grasslands. All applications must be received on or before February 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm PT.

Real Estate Foundation of BC Grants
Deadline: early March 2021 (TBC)
Real Estate Foundation of BC grants support projects that strengthen communities and protect our shared land and water. The next General Grant application cycle opens in February and closes in early March 2021 (date to be confirmed). For information on eligibility and funding priorities, visit refbc.com/grants or email grants@refbc.com to discuss your project idea.

Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Deadline: Ongoing
If you have an idea that will maintain or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environment and recreation objectives, this program could help support it. This program is delivered by the Kootenay Livestock Association.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Community Engagement Grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis
The Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program provides eligible employers with up to 50 per cent of an intern’s salary (up to $25,000 over a seven to 12 month term) for full-time, career-focused positions that lead to permanent employment. Eligible employers are businesses, registered non-profits, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations within the Columbia Basin Trust region.
Stewardship Centre for BC
Request for Proposals: Update to the Green Shores for Homes Guide 2021-23
The Stewardship Centre for BC (SCBC) invites Responses to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the opportunity to deliver the services related to our Update to the Green Shores for Homes Guide 2021-2023 project. The project will provide guidance and increase understanding on the application of nature-based adaptation solutions (i.e. Green Shores for Homes (GSH)) with the objective to promote conservation of shoreline environments on the Maritimes and Pacific coasts. Please send the RFP response to DG Blair, SCBC’s Executive Director, at dg@stewardshipcentrebc.ca by February 5, 2021.

Canadian Freshwater Alliance
Director
The Canadian Freshwater Alliance builds, unites, and activates networks of freshwater champions across Canada in order to secure healthy waters for everyone. The ideal candidate is someone eager to address freshwater issues and respond to changes in federal and regional water policy, including the new Canadian Water Agency. They will share the Alliance’s commitment to supporting Indigenous perspectives and the programs and campaigns they nurture will reflect the interests and diversity of Canadian society. This position can be based anywhere in Canada, must be able to work from a home office. Deadline to apply is February 5 at 4 p,.m. EST.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Outdoor Learning Store Coordinator
To support the growth of their social enterprise, CBEEN is looking for an Outdoor Learning Store Coordinator who will help to coordinate the receiving and distribution of outdoor learning resources and equipment going out to support teachers and learners across the region. BC’s Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store was launched by the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) in 2020 to help provide resources & equipment to educators & learners, while building the financial capacity of a variety of non-profit organizations, including CBEEN. This is based in Invermere and part-time, 15 hours/week, with the opportunity to extend to 25 hours /week dependent on demand. The deadline to apply is February 15.

Living Lakes Canada
Administrative Assistant
Reporting to the Administrative Director, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the Living Lakes Canada office. The position supports managers and employees through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments and travel, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to requests. Assists with processing and preparing invoices, expense claims, reviewing timesheets, and other internal processes key to the function of the organization. Although remote work is an option, the ideal candidate would be based out of Nelson, B.C. where Living Lakes Canada currently has office space and the Administrative Director, and Operations Director are located. The deadline to apply is February 19th, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Member, Columbia Valley Region
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking qualified members for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC). The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis.
For a comprehensive list of up-to-date job postings, check the CBEEN Job & Volunteer Board, an excellent resource for Kootenay conservation career and volunteer opportunities.

Identifying key ecosystem service providing areas to inform national-scale conservation planning
Matthew G E Mitchell et al.
Effectively conserving ecosystem services in order to maintain human wellbeing is a global need that requires an understanding of where ecosystem services are produced by ecosystems and where people benefit from these services. The authors of this article developed new methods that integrate measures of the capacity of ecosystems to provide services with indicators of human demand and ability to access these services. They then identified important areas for three ecosystem services currently central to protected area management in Canada—carbon storage, freshwater, and nature-based recreation—and evaluated how these hotspots align with Canada's current protected areas and resource development tenures. 

A Case for Conservation
KCP brochure promoting private land conservation available
KCP has created the “Case for Conservation” tri-fold brochure, which details 9 different reasons why conserving private land is so crucial to the health of the region’s ecosystems that support a myriad of plant, fish and animal species — many of which are currently rare or endangered or at risk of becoming so. The brochure opens up into an attractive poster that can be easily posted in offices, public spaces and homes. Printed brochures are available for distribution. If you would like copies, please contact KCP Program Manager Juliet Craig at manager@kootenayconservation.ca.

Kootenay Conservation Program
Conservation Resources for our Region
The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) helps partners to coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land, and in an effort to support this, KCP has developed a webpage that compiles some of the best conservation and stewardship resources available for our region.