Conservation in the Kootenays
Monthly eNews
October 2020
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Report nests or aggregations of Great Blue Herons to help monitor breeding and over-wintering populations and identify sites worthy of conservation or stewardship follow-up.

Thank you 2020 KCP Fall Gathering participants!
Recordings of presentations, field tour photos available on our website
The 2020 KCP Fall Gathering & AGM was based on a “hybrid” approach with an interactive Virtual Conference using Zoom that took place on October 2 featuring guest speakers and lively discussions based on this year’s theme of “Conservation in a Time of Uncertainty: Adapting to Challenges”; and localized in-person tours at 4 different sites across the Kootenays on October 3.

KCP Conservation Leadership Award
Two recipients honoured for conservation service 
KCP announced the recipients of its annual Conservation Leadership Award on Friday, October 2 as part of the 2020 Virtual KCP Fall Gathering. For the East Kootenay, the 2020 honours went to Penny Ohanjanian. For the West Kootenays, the 2020 recipient was Marlene Machmer.

Stewardship Solutions Online Toolkit
Check out the first 6 videos on the Conservation Ambassador Playlist!
We invite you to watch several short videos (2-3 minutes each) that are the first to populate the new “Conservation Ambassador Playlist” on the KCP YouTube channel. These videos feature Kootenay-based resources that address issues on private land and are featured on the KCP Stewardship Solutions Online Toolkit website. This toolkit is designed for stewardship practitioners, local government planners and other service providers as well as a one-stop shop for private landowners interested in stewardship options for their property. And if you’re a Stewardship Solutions provider who hasn’t yet made a video, hopefully these serve as inspiration!

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. EXTENDED: Deadline to apply is November 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.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Deadline: October 30  
KCP in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). Read the announcement here. The closing date for project submissions is 4:30 pm PDT October 30, 2020.
 
Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
Deadline: October 30
KCP in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E (view the map) within the RDCK through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF). Read the announcement here. The closing date for project submissions is 4:30 pm PDT October 30, 2020.
Wildsight
Conservation Director named to Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council
Wildsight’s Conservation Director John Bergenske has been appointed to the inaugural Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council for British Columbia by Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development. The council’s role will be to support the implementation of the Together for Wildlife strategy, as well as advise the minister on province-wide wildlife and habitat issues on an ongoing basis.

BC Wildlife Federation
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series
Due to COVID-19, The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Institute has been formatted into a virtual Speaker Series — a series of stand-alone webinars and workshops hosted throughout the Fall, covering topics that are of interest to those working in the environmental sector with wetlands (including environmental education). The webinars are hosted virtually over Zoom at no charge. See the Events section below for event details.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Independent panel report on old growth forests released
An independent panel report, A New Future for Old Forests, is recommending a four-phased process the BC Government should undertake to develop and implement an old-growth strategy. This will include the protection of nine areas throughout the province, totalling almost 353,000 hectares.

West Kootenay EcoSociety
Old growth webinar recording available
On September 24, West Kootenay EcoSociety Executive Director Montana Burgess spoke with West Kootenay conservation ecologist team Greg Utzig (M.Sc., P.Ag) and Dr. Rachel Holt regarding the BC Government’s release of the independent panel's report on A New Future for Old Forests: A Strategic Review of How British Columbia Manages for Old Forests Within its Ancient Ecosystems and the 14 recommendations that have been made for how to manage old growth forests in B.C. Utzig and Holt explain what the 14 recommendation actually mean and if the BC Government deferring logging in nine areas in the province makes a difference.

BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute
Hunting Grounds floodplain restoration webinar recording now available
On October 1, BCWF wetlands specialist Tom Biegbighauser and Lower Kootenay Band Community Planner Norm Allard Jr. delivered a webinar as part of the Wetlands Institute Speaker Series titled “Impoundment Decommissioning & Floodplain Restoration - A Case Study” featuring a wetlands project in the Lower Kootenay Band’s traditional Hunting Grounds.

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
Toadfest 2020 hopped online: watch the videos
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program hosted two online Toadfest events in 2020 and has western toad videos to share. Learn more about the toad’s migration, life cycle and the research and mitigation work funded by FWCP.

Trent University
Outdoor Experiences Survey
Researchers with Trent University are seeking to understand how people experience time outdoors in the city, parks, and wilderness. They are interested in what animals you have seen recently, and your opinions about this. To learn more and help their research, complete their online questionnaire before the end of December 2020 (the survey is not compatible with Internet Explorer). Participants who complete the study will be entered in a draw for a $100 cash prize.

Living Lakes Canada
FIMP lake surveys completed on four Kootenay lakes
Field work for the Living Lakes Canada Foreshore Integrated Management Planning in the Columbia Basin Program (i.e. Foreshore Inventory and Mapping, or FIM, surveys) was completed by three different consultants on four lakes (Windermere, Moyie, Whiteswan, and Whitetail lakes) this summer. All field work was completed in August and September 2020.

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent
2020 Virtual Symposium Follow Up
The 10th Annual Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent: 2020 Virtual Symposium took place on September 23 with the theme “Leaders in the Crown During Unsettled Times”. Four leaders from the Crown were featured: Patrick Holmes Natural Resources Policy Advisor - Office of Governor Steve Bullock; Jeff Mow Superintendent, Glacier National Park; Dr. Leroy Little Bear Nitsitapi Scholar, University of Lethbridge; and Mike Bruised Head Kainai Environmental Protection Association (KEPA) and the University of Lethbridge

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
Live Invasive Freshwater Clams Detected in Shuswap Lake
A survey has found live invasive freshwater clams in the Salmon Arm of the Shuswap Lake, prompting a Clean Drain Dry warning. The survey found live populations of invasive clams at two locations: Sunnybrae and Canoe Beach, and surveys are still underway. The survey was conducted by the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society with funding from the Shuswap Watershed Council, direction from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and assistance from the Invasive Species Council of BC Job Creation Program.
Tips and Tricks for the Organization and Analysis of Camera Trap Data
October 8, Online Webinar
In this Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions), presenter Chris Bierne will take you on a whistle-stop tour through the process of getting a memory card out of a camera trap through to producing useful and simple data exploration in R. Participants will gain an understanding of what it takes to create a ‘good’ camera trap data set which is suitable for sharing with other researchers and collaborators. No experience in R is required to participate, but it will help.

Field Day: Riparian and Streambank Restoration in the Boundary
October 13, Grand Forks
Tour riparian restoration sites in Grand Forks with the Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors and learn what works for stream bank stabilization and bio-engineering for local soils and climate. Practical considerations for plant varieties, cost, maintenance and managing livestock will be discussed. Registration coming soon. ​

2020 Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit: Building Resiliency for the Future
October 13-15, Online
The Summit will be hosted virtually and is led by the Montana Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation and co-hosted by Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council and Montana Trails Coalition. It follows the successful inaugural 2018 Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit and will bring together participants ranging from industry leaders, community members, recreation and conservation groups from Montana and the Greater Crown of the Continent, including Alberta and British Columbia and beyond. Expect three days of engaging conversation, dynamic guest speakers, and effective work sessions. Registrants will join live each day or catch up with recorded panels, workshops and podcasts. Watch the Summit teaser video.

Workshops: Getting Comfortable with Outdoor Learning (in all kinds of weather)
October 13, Creston / October 19, Golden / TBA, Nakusp
Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will head outside with educators to explore some of the basic techniques and simple tools you can use to normalize outdoor, socially-distanced learning for your students, and will introduce basic activities and tools to make it easier and more effective for you as a teacher to teach outdoors safely and effectively in all kinds of weather. Dave is a wildlife biologist, a BC-certified teacher and a certified wilderness guide who has led expeditions in the Kootenays, the Canadian Arctic and West Coast, as well as overseas. Facilitated by Dave Quinn & hosted by CBEEN.

Getting comfortable with outdoor learning (in all kinds of weather)
October 14, Online Webinar
This webinar is hosted by Green Teacher in partnership with the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN). Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will explore some of the basic techniques and simple tools you can use to normalize outdoor learning for your students, and make it easier and more effective for you as a teacher to teach outdoors safely and effectively in all kinds of weather. Dave Quinn is a wildlife biologist, a BC-certified teacher, and a certified wilderness guide leading expeditions in the Kootenays, the Canadian Arctic and West Coast, as well as overseas.

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetland Mapping (QGIS & TEM)
October 14-15, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about wetland mapping using the free software QGIS, as well as imagery interpretation and Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) with Steve Morgan (Founder of Cumberland Wetlands Working Group) and Ryan Durand, a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio.) with Ecologic Consultants Ltd.

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetlands as Eco-Assets
October 21, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about the ecological assets of wetlands, and to learn about the tools and best practices to evaluate your wetland for ecological services. We will also learn about a case study on Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Guests speakers are Michelle Molnar, Technical Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative and Rob Lawrence, Environmental Planner, City of Nanaimo.

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.

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetland Monitoring and Maintenance
October 28, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about wetland monitoring and post-restoration maintenance. Guest Speakers are Elke Wind, an Amphibian Biologist who will be speaking on amphibian monitoring and trapping in the field and sharing a case study on an amphibian monitoring project and helping influence local legislation; and Neil Fletcher, the Manager of Conservation Stewardship at BCWF, who will be speaking on post-restoration monitoring and maintenance techniques.  

Rocky Mountain Mammal Communities: Camera Trapping Brings the Effects of Development into Focus
October 29, Online Webinar
A Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions). The east slopes of the Canadian Rockies face extensive disturbance from forest harvesting, energy extraction, roading, and largely unregulated intensive recreation pressure. The sum of these effects on mammal communities remain unknown, as do the prospects for these species under future plans to develop swathes of the slopes for coal mining. Camera trapping over the last decade has cast new light on the effects of disturbance, and highlight the need for integrated landscape management spanning all these sectors to maintain the mountain mammal biodiversity.

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetlands and Legal Frameworks
November 4, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about the legislative tools available to protect wetlands. Guest speakers are Deborah Curran, the Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, who will be speaking on one of the resources she developed for environmental stewards: Green Bylaws Toolkit for Conserving Sensitive Ecosystems and Green Infrastructure; Dave Newman, the Director of Infrastructure Services for the Town of Gibsons, who will be speaking on the relationship of Natural Capital and Green Infrastructure; and Brittany Lange, an Environmental Planner with the Regional District of Central Okanagan, who will be speaking about Regional Floodplain Management Plan and sharing case studies. 

Webinar: The Ktunaxa story of Lightning, Thunder, Fox, and Coyote
November 4, Online
Using the Ktunaxa story of Lighting, Thunder, Fox and Coyote, Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre will take you on a story journey that encircles our Mother Earth. After this, he will share some of his insights into this story and how these lessons can be applied to the times we find ourselves in. Facilitated by Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre & hosted by Green Teacher in partnership with CBEEN.

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetlands and Climate Change
November 10, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about using models to determine the risks to wetlands in the face of climate change. Guest speaker Nelson Jatel is the Water Stewardship Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and he will be speaking on the Okanagan Wetlands Action Plan and the relationship and value of wetlands and the risks associated with climate change.

The Swallow Hotel: Compensation Habitat for Barn Swallows in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
November 12, Online Webinar
A Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions). You probably already know that the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species, but did you know the CVWMA is also in the barn swallow hospitality industry? Their “Swallow Hotel” provides nesting habitat for barn swallows and is one of only a few such structures. In this webinar, Blaire will describe the history leading up to the installation of the Swallow Hotel, explain why this compensation habitat was required, and provide an overview on monitoring and success to date.

2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Cultural Value of Wetlands and Archeological Assessments
November 18, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about the cultural value of wetlands and the process of archeological assessments when working in or near wetlands. Guest speakers are Evelyn George, a Former Councillor with the Lake Babine Nation; and Dr. Genevieve Hill, Collections Manager and Researcher, Royal BC Museum.

Webinar: Game of Groans – Winter is Coming! Tips and Tricks for All Classes to extend successful outdoor learning into the winter months
November 19, Online
Outdoor learning is still the best way to achieve social distancing, AND a whole host of other social, mental, and academic outcomes for your students, so don’t let winter curb your enthusiasm for outdoor learning. Veteran winter Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will share some basic ideas, tips, and tools from over two decades of delivering experiential, outdoor winter programming for organizations like the Wildsight, Avalanche Canada, and his own Treehouse Outdoor Education to help make winter outdoor learning a regular part of your class routine. Facilitated by Dave Quinn & hosted by CBEEN.

Climate Change and the Biodiversity Crisis
November 26, Online Webinar
Join presenter Greg Utzig, MSc, PAg, with Kutenai Nature Investigations (Kootenay Resilience) for this Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions). While the pandemic is creating a major crisis for Homo sapiens, climate disruption and the biodiversity crisis are affecting virtually all species. What do past experiences and current trends tell us about where we are likely headed in the next few decades? Are we living up to our Latin species and subspecies names?
Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants
Deadline: October 16
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. There are three different grant types available, depending upon the stage of your project.

Columbia Basin Trust Small Environment Grants
Deadline: 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.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Grants
Deadline: October 30, 2020
The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is now accepting grant applications for fish and wildlife projects that align with their Columbia Region action plans. First Nations, stewardship groups, consultants, agencies, and others are encouraged to apply. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. PT on Friday, October 30, 2020. 

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Enhancement and Restoration Grants
Deadline: November 6, 2020
Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6 Million dollars in Enhancement and Restoration (E&R) Grants. These grants are provided to projects that: focus on native freshwater fish, wildlife and their habitats; have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome; and align with HCTF purposes as laid out in the Wildlife Act. One of HCTF priorities is to support habitat enhancement and restoration, therefore proposals that involve on-the-ground habitat enhancement and/or restoration activities are strongly encouraged. The deadline to submit an Enhancement and Restoration (E & R) Grant is Friday November 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. (PT).

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Sarah Baker Memorial Award
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Every year, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative awards the “Sarah Baker Memorial Fund” grant ($5,000) for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows conducting applied conservation research in the Yellowstone-to-Yukon region. The deadline is November 15, 2020. If you know someone great, please encourage them to apply.

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.
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. EXTENDED: Deadline to apply is November 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.

Relative effects of recreational activities on a temperate terrestrial wildlife assemblage
Authors: Robin Naidoo and A. Cole Burton
In a new study, researchers used camera traps to assess relative effects of various recreational activities — as compared to each other and to environmental conditions — on a terrestrial wildlife assemblage in British Columbia.

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.