Conservation in the Kootenays
Monthly eNews
August 2020
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Currently, there is an overall lack of information on the status of swallows in the Columbia Valley. The Columbia Valley Swallow Project is wanting information on swallow nesting or roosting sites, and volunteers to monitor a known nest site.

ECCC Facebook Live event featuring Kootenay Connect!
Tune in with us on Tuesday morning
We are excited to announce that KCP's Kootenay Connect project will be featured by Environment and Climate Change Canada in a special "Facebook Live" event taking place this Tuesday, August 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 am PDT; 10:30 to 11:30 am MDT. This event is the first in a series showcasing ECCC Community-Nominated Priority Places funded projects across the country and will feature Honourable Johnathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and our own Marcy Mahr, KCP Kootenay Connect Project Manager. We hope you can attend this live event by tuning in to the ECCC Facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to view this event, just click on the link below.

KCP Conservation Leadership Awards 
Nomination Deadline: September 14, 2020  
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their conservation work in the Kootenays? The annual KCP Conservation Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and dedication to conservation in our region. Nominees must be affiliated with a KCP partner organization (see our Partner Profiles booklet or contact us if unsure) and they must show a demonstrated commitment toward the KCP vision. We welcome your nominations before September 14. See attached nomination form. All nominees must have three nominators. Nominations will be valid for three years unless otherwise specified. Award winners will be announced at the KCP Virtual Fall Gathering on October 2.

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Member
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking to fill one vacancy on the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC) with an expertise in wildlife. The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects in the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Service Area. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2020.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Alternate
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.

2020 KCP Fall Gathering — Save the Date!
October 2-3, Day 1: Online | Day 2: Localized field tours at 4 sites across the Kootenays
For 2020, the KCP Fall Gathering & AGM will be moving to a “hybrid” approach with a Virtual Conference using Zoom on Day 1, based on this year’s theme of “Conservation in a Time of Uncertainty: Adapting to Challenges”; and localized tours at 4 different sites across the Kootenays on Day 2, each in a different “Conservation Neighbourhood”: Kootenay Lake (Fish/Bear Lakes), Creston Valley (Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands), Columbia Valley (Galena Creek), and Elk Valley (Morrissey Meadows). The field tours will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants in light of COVID-19 physical distancing measures. Online registration will be announced later this month — please note that priority registration for the field tours will be given to representatives of KCP partner organizations.

KCP Virtual Spring Tour
Webinar recording now available!
This year's KCP Spring Tour went virtual! On June 22, KCP hosted a webinar featuring five different Kootenay conservation projects that are being funded through the Columbia Valley and Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Funds. Due to a technical issue, the webinar recording was not available in our last eNews but can now be viewed on the KCP YouTube channel.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
New research article: The Ecology of Human-Carnivore Coexistence
PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) has published a research article by Dr. Clayton Lamb, Dr. Michael Proctor and co-authors on grizzly bear behaviour. Using 41 years of demographic data for over 2,500 brown bears over a 378,191-km2 area in and around British Columbia, the researchers discovered a human-induced shift to nocturnality facilitated lower risks of bear mortality and rates of conflict with people.

Government of BC
Kootenay-Boundary areas closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting
The province of B.C. is restricting commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting in an effort to protect grizzly bear habitat in the Kootenay Boundary region. From July 15, 2020 to October 15, 2020, commercial-scale picking of huckleberries is prohibited in some areas of the Kootenay Boundary region, including Monk Creek, Summit Creek, Little Moyie, Goat River, Kid Creek, Iron Creek/Sand Creek, and Sportsman Ridge/Upper Flathead River.

Wildsight, Yellowstone to Yukon and Miistakis Institute
New infographic summarizes wildlife collisions in the Elk Valley
Wildsight, in conjunction with partners Yellowstone to Yukon and Miistakis Institute, just released an infographic on wildlife collisions and remediation in the Elk Valley, a critical wildlife corridor that connects animals across borders and mountain ranges. This infographic summarizes over a decade of research into reducing wildlife mortality along Highway 3.

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
Knotweed Cost-Sharing Program taking applications
Thanks to the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund and the Regional District of Central Kootenay, residents of Area A, D and E can access a cost-sharing program to control knotweed on their property. Costs of knotweed treatment are shared, with landowners only contributing 50% of the costs. The Project Goal is to support private landowners to protect native habitat, keep their property safe, and fulfill their legal responsibility by controlling knotweed on their land

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
Webinar recording available: Planting for Pollinators - Create a Beautiful Bee-Friendly Garden
Watch this Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society webinar to learn how to create a beautiful bee friendly garden. Whether you are looking to start a garden from scratch, supplement your existing gardens with bee friendly blooms, plant a wildflower meadow, replace your lawn with bee-friendly turf, or “re-wild” your acreage, apiary or farm using native plants that attract pollinators, this webinar is for you.

Upper Columbia Basin Environmental Collaborative
Op/Ed: As Columbia River Treaty negotiators get serious, Basin residents need to speak up
In an Op/Ed published by The Nelson Daily, Dr. Martin Carver, on behalf of the Upper Columbia Basin Environmental Collaborative (current members include the Sierra Club of British Columbia, BC Nature, Wildsight, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society, and the North Columbia Environment Society) argues the new Columbia River Treaty must include ecosystem function as a third primary purpose equal to the existing purposes of international flood-risk management and hydropower with reservoir operations mimicking natural systems as much as possible.

Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
CREDtalks (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions)
The Columbia Region Ecological Discussions include speakers addressing a diversity of topics such as science communication, active ecological management, citizen science, research skills and techniques, and applied ecological research projects. Season 5 of CREDtalks series will run from September 5, 2020 through to March 4, 2021, and will be moving to a webinar format. Talks will be recorded and made available for later viewing. As always, these talks are available to anyone who may have interest at no cost. Speaker line-up and schedule coming soon.
Invasive Species Research Mini-Symposium
August 19, Online
The Invasive Species Council of BC is excited to announce the Invasive Species Research Mini-Symposium taking place on August 19, 2020. In light of postponing the 2020 Invasive Species Research Conference, ISCBC is taking the opportunity to bring together invasive species researchers and practitioners, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, in a web-based half-day event. This free virtual event will feature presentations of current and recent invasive species research.

Virtual Map our Marshes (1-day)
August 25, Online
The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Education Program presents Map our Marshes, a free 1-day, virtual workshop, open to the public. Wetlands can filter water, mitigate flooding, and provide critical habitat to hundreds of species. Unfortunately, wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate and need our protection. Takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toadfest goes online! 
August 26: FOR KIDS • August 27: FOR ADULTS, on Zoom
Due to the COVID pandemic there is, of course, no Toadfest at Summit Lake Provincial Park this year, but the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, with support from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, is hosting a couple of online sessions via Zoom to share all the latest toad-worthy information! Get an update about the ongoing work to help Western toads at Summit Lake, check out some cool videos and photos, and ask a biologist any toad questions you may have. There will be games for the kids, and much more. Both events will take place 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm PST. Register for either session by emailing fwcp@bchydro.com.
Click here for more information or call Angus Glass at 250-352-1300.

Cranbrook Wetlandkeepers - Virtual Workshop
August 29-30, Online
The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlandkeepers Course is a 2 Day workshop that educates participants about wetland conservation. The Cranbrook Wetlandskeepers will focus on wetland health and discuss wetland conservation and management on rangelands. Using Zoom and other online applications, the Wetlands Education Team will guide you through the workshop. Takes places Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and there is no charge to attend.

Understanding Statistics & Decision-Making for Natural Resource Managers
September 15 • 22 • 29, 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. Taught by Dr. Joseph Thorley, R.P.Bio., a Senior Computation Biologist at Poisson Consulting Ltd., the course focuses on the fundamentals of uncertainty, effect sizes, significance, decision theory and the value of information. This course is full and a wait-list is in effect.

Nature-Based Biology Activities from a Distance
September 16, Online
Promoted by CBEEN and hosted by Green Teacher, this webinar focuses on getting kids outside to learn science. Outdoor learning activities based on inquiry and discovery make your students’ learning experience both meaningful and memorable, but most importantly, fun! Join in on the adventure and preview labs for yourself and see how you can bring excitement into your classroom by not using one. These activity ideas work really well for students under quarantine, too. Separately but together, students will enjoy learning in the finest class setting of them all — Mother Nature.

Fundamentals of science-based vegetation surveying and how to include the bryophytes and lichens
September 23-24, Revelstoke (with an online lecture)
This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology course taught by Dr. Peter Whitehead offers a pragmatic, common sense approach to surveying and learning and has a strong component helping surveyors to include bryophytes and lichens in their surveys. A basic understanding of plant identification would be helpful for attendees of the course. The dates noted are for the field component of this course. There is an additional online lecture to complete prior to the field days that students may complete at a time that works best for them.

2020 KCP Fall Gathering — Save the Date!
October 2-3, Day 1 - Online | Day 2 - Localized tours at 4 sites across the Kootenays
For 2020, the KCP Fall Gathering & AGM will be moving to a “hybrid” approach with a Virtual Conference using Zoom on Day 1, based on this year’s theme of “Conservation in a Time of Uncertainty: Adapting to Challenges”; and localized tours at 4 different sites across the Kootenays on Day 2, each in a different “Conservation Neighbourhood”: Kootenay Lake (Fish/Bear Lakes), Creston Valley (Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands), Columbia Valley (Galena Creek), and Elk Valley (Morrissey Meadows). The field tours will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants in light of COVID-19 physical distancing measures. Online registration will be announced later this month — please note that priority registration for the field tours will be given to representatives of KCP partner organizations.

Classrooms to Communities Virtual Conference
October 23, Online
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) is partnering with the Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2020 Conference, which aims to support the practice of place-based learning. This virtual conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. The C2C 2020 Conference will be held from Prince George but will be available online from anywhere.

CMI Annual Researchers' Forum and Directors' Gathering — Save the Date!
October 23-24, TBD
Every year Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI) members get together to provide updates on their projects (research, field trials, new initiatives in southeastern British Columbia) and catch up on each other’s news. It’s an informal atmosphere and non-CMI members are welcome to join. More details coming.

Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques in Creston
April 13-14, 2021, 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, 2021, 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.

Advanced Field Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
May 31-June 3, 2021, 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.

Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations & Participatory Leadership Retreat 
NEW DATE TBA, Kootenay Lake (Yasodhara Ashram)
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 — the focus will be 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.
Community Gaming Environment Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2020
The Community Gaming Environment Grants program supports community-based environmental programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia. Apply between July 1 and August 31 and receive notification by February 28, 2021.

Columbia Basin Trust Large Environment Grants
Deadline: September 2, 2020
If you have an idea that will strengthen environmental well-being, this program could help support it. If your project requires $5,000 or more, you can apply for a large Environment Grant. Deadline to submit an Expression of Interest online is September 2, 2020. 

Columbia Basin Trust Small Environment Grants
Deadlines: October 30, 2020
If you have an idea that will strengthen environmental well-being, this program could help support it. If your project requires $5,000 or less, you can apply for a small Environment Grant. There are multiple intake dates throughout the year. The next deadlines is October 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. MT.

Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants
Deadline: Ongoing (for Develop grants)
Systems Change Grants support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions. Short-term grants (Develop grants) are a one-time application that can be submitted any time throughout the year and decisions are made the following month. The next granting cycle for multi-year grants (Test and Scale grants) opens September 2020. 

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.
BC Public Service - Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Environmental Geoscience Manager, Cranbrook
The Manager of Environmental Geoscience and Permitting is the BC provincial expert in the field of metal leaching and acid rock drainage and leads the review and assessment program related to water quality and mine waste effects for all mining projects in the province. The position supervises a team of highly specialized technical staff and professional contractors to meet legislative requirements and support an environmentally responsible mining industry. This position is based in Victoria, however the following locations may also be considered based on operational requirements and availability: Cranbrook, Kamloops, Prince George, and Smithers. Deadline to apply has been extended to August 13, 2020.

Wildsight Invermere
Climate Change Resilience Coordinator - Intern, Invermere
Wildsight Invermere is hiring a Climate Change Resilience Coordinator Intern. To be eligible for this program, the candidate must be 30 years of age or under and a recent graduate or student. The Coordinator will help build Wildsight Invermere’s climate change resilience programming, communications and outreach strategies. If you are an independent, self-motivated individual passionate about making a difference, please apply! Deadline to apply is August 17, 2020 by 12 p.m. MT.

Sierra Club of BC
Forest Community Liaison, BC-wide (working remotely)
The Sierra Club of BC is seeking to hire a Forest Community Liasion. This position will support and strengthen networks of community groups who are concerned about the interconnected impacts of current forest management on community health and resiliency, including on water, Indigenous cultures and jurisdiction, climate, flooding, salmon, old-growth conservation and endangered species. Although the Sierra Club of BC office is in Victoria on Lekwungen peoples territory, they are seeking and will prioritize applicants who live outside of urban centres and who are willing to work remotely from anywhere in BC. Applications will be reviewed starting on August 24. The call for applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Member, Kootenay Lake Region
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking to fill one vacancy on the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC) with an expertise in wildlife. The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects in the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Service Area. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2020.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Alternate, 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.

Canadian Columbia Basin Glacier and Snow Research Network
Columbia Basin Glacier Research Now Available
After a five-year study, the Canadian Columbia Basin Glacier and Snow Research Network is releasing the Glaciers in the Canadian Columbia Basin Technical Report. From 2014 to 2019, the Network — a partnership of universities, industry and government — monitored six glaciers through field study, automated monitoring stations and LIDAR to advance the understanding of the Canadian Columbia Basin’s snow and glaciers (also known as the cryosphere), as well as their downstream contributions to water resources and ecosystems. The Columbia Basin Trust supported the efforts of the Network by providing coordinator capacity and funding, and is pleased to be sending the final report on the Network’s behalf.

BC's Old Growth Forest: A Last Stand for Biodiversity
New report on the status old growth forests in British Columbia
Karen Price (PhD), Rachel Holt (PhD, RPBio) and Dave Daust (MSc, RPF) conducted these analyses to investigate the province’s claims about the state of old growth, and arrived at a more accurate and, unfortunately, alarming view. For example, of the 13.2 million hectares of “old-growth”, the vast majority (80%) consists of small trees, including bog forests and subalpine forests. In contrast, only about 400,000 hectares of remaining old forest supports large trees, covering less than 1% of BC’s forested land. The report includes urgent recommendations, and concludes current policy will make matters worse.

Partnership for Water Sustainability
New water conservation online tool now available
Developed by the Partnership for Water Sustainability, the BC Landscape Water Calculator is linked to a 500-metre gridded climate data set covering the entire province. The tool allows any property owner in BC to zoom in to their property and quantify their landscape water needs based on climate, soil, plant type and irrigation system. Watch an online demo.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
BC Wildfire Service launches official wildfire app
The official BC Wildfire Service mobile app is now available, providing real-time wildfire information and an interactive map that users can customize to display a variety of fire-related data. The app’s landing page is an interactive wildfire map and the app also offers a “Near Me” function. When users select the “Near Me” option, the app will only display information within a 50-kilometre radius of their current location, allowing them to more easily focus on wildfire activity within that area.

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute – Selkirk College
Human-Wildlife Conflict Indicator: trends and conditions
In 2019, a total of 63 bears were destroyed by Conservation Officers in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region, up from the 50 bears destroyed in 2018. The vast majority of these were black bears (88% in 2018 and 90% in 2019). Over the past decade, garbage has been the primary single attractant linked to the highest number of incidents resulting in destruction of a bear. Livestock/livestock feed and crops are other common attractants.

Miistakis Institute
Miistakis Monday Webinars
Every Monday, the Miistakis Institute has been offering free 1-hour lunch-time webinars on a variety of topics. They’ve been posting the slide decks and recordings of all their completed webinars. Past webinars include: Do We Need a Definition of Biodiversity Conservation?, Putting Beavers to Work for Watershed Resiliency, Biodiversity Offsets 101: Case Studies and Best Practices, and Private Land Conservation and the Pathway to Target 1.

Kootenay Connect: Ecological Corridors in the Kootenays
Webinar recording available
In this special edition KCP webinar co-hosted with the BC Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Dr. Michael Proctor with the Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project presented on Kootenay Connect, the regional conservation initiative designed to enhance, restore, recognize, and establish landscape level Ecological Corridors focused on riparian-wetland complexes and the wildlife that use them. The project is bringing together local and government biologists, regional planners, First Nations, private landowners, community stewardship groups and more to apply scientifically-driven community conservation work.

A Case for Conservation
New KCP brochure promoting private land conservation now 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.