Conservation in the Kootenays
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December 2019
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The Kootenay Community Bat Project has the goal of raising awareness about bat conservation, conducting inventories of bats in buildings, working with landowners who have bats, and promoting the Annual Bat Count.

Key Biodiversity Areas of Canada 
KCP Fall Gathering presentation available online
Dr. Ciara Raudsepp‐Hearne with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada was one of the guest speakers at the 2019 KCP Fall Gathering conference on “Biodiversity Hotspots of the Kootenays”. Ciara supports the Canadian Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Coalition to identify and map KBAs in Canada. She gave this 30-minute presentation remotely from Montreal.

Stewardship Solutions
Help promote our new Kootenay conservation resource
Share and promote Stewardship Solutions with this handy online promotional package. You can also inquire about presentations for your organization or region. KCP will coordinate a limited number of presentations about Stewardship Solutions on a request basis.
Columbia Basin Trust
Large-Scale Projects Enhance Ecosystem Health
Habitat such as wetlands and creeks, and animals such as elk and bull trout will benefit from five multi-year projects that are restoring over 1,700 hectares of important land thanks to community efforts and Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program. The five new projects, receiving nearly $1.85 million, focus on the Arrow/Slocan region and Columbia Valley region .

Wildsight Golden
Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey ends with low count, 9 at-risk species
This fall the CWWS had a total count of 41,043 individual birds observed over the three dates at 102 survey stations, with 98 volunteers.With the exception of 2015, which had fewer survey stations and fewer volunteers, this was the lowest fall count that the CWWS experienced. Reasons for the decline in total number of birds seen in 2019 are unknown. The highest count for an individual bird species was on October 5th with 3,577 American Coots, sighted at 16 survey stations. The second highest single species count was on October 5th with 3,405 American Wigeons. More details on the fall 2019 results of the CWWS, as well as the entire 2015-2019 project will be forthcoming in a report available on the Waterbird Survey webpage by January 2020. 

The Wildlife Society
Study suggests wolverine trapping not sustainable
A recent article in The Journal of Wildlife Management based on a wolverine study conducted throughout the Kootenay‐Boundary Region, the southern Rocky Mountains and foothills of southwest Alberta recommends future wolverine trapping mortality be reduced by 50 per cent or greater to promote population recovery

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society
7th Annual Kootenay Lake Summit notes now available
The theme of this year’s FKLSS Summit was "Climate Change Impacts on Kootenay Lake" and featured presentations from climate scientists, conservation ecologists, wildfire specialists, local non-profits, and youth climate leaders. Detailed notes on the presentations at the 2019 Kootenay Lake Summit are available online.

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
CSISS attends International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
CSISS Executive Director Robyn Hooper, Chair Hamish Kassa, along with the Shuswap Watershed Council’s Erin Vierra attended the International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) in Montreal in late October. CSISS and SWC presented on aquatic invasive species prevention in the Columbia Shuswap Region and the presentation focused on invasive mussel prevention through collaboration, advocacy, education and lake monitoring.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Updated Climate Change Education Resources
CBEEN has compiled an online library of climate change resources on its website. This is a one-stop shop that provides access to easy-to-use, localized and credible climate change resources and information for the Columbia Basin.
Chasing a Trace — Wolverine film tours the Kootenays
December 4, Invermere / December 6, Nelson
The wolverine film Chasing a Trace finishes its tour through the Kootenays this month. Join Y2Y and Wildsight for a screening of the 20-minute film, followed by a presentation highlighting wolverine research happening in the region directly from biologists involved in Wolverine Watch — a collaborative venture that collects community science to better understand the needs of this strong, solitary wild animal.  

Occupancy Modelling
February 11-13, 2020, Revelstoke
The presence or absence of a species in a set of units (polygons, landscape units, territories, etc.) is a fundamental concept in many ecological studies (e.g. resource selection modelling, biodiversity, range). This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology workshop covers methods for modelling species occurrence while accounting for potential false negatives. Alternate dates have been selected in case of poor winter conditions on roads.

Introduction to Wildlife Bioacoustics
March 3-5, 2020, Revelstoke
The main goal of this Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology course is to provide attendees with hands-on knowledge of available technology, techniques, and assessment capabilities so they can confidently make decisions on when and how to implement bioacoustical surveys for vocal terrestrial species (birds, anurans, and mammals including bats). There is no field component, however, there will be plenty of opportunity to get hands-on with devices and software.

Fire in the Crown of the Continent - Save the Date!   
March 10-12, 2020, Cranbrook
The Crown of the Continent ecosystem (Crown) spans 72,000 km2 (almost 18 million acres) along the shared Rocky Mountain region of Montana, British Columbia and Alberta. Internationally recognized for its biodiversity, the Crown is one of North America's most ecologically diverse and jurisdictionally fragmented landscapes. Fire in the Crown of the Continent will take place at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook March 10-12, 2020.

Environmental Education Leadership Clinic
April 24-26, Nipika Mountain Resort, Kootenay National Park
The 2020 Leadership Clinic is an opportunity for EEPSA Local Chapters to come together to share, plan and collaborate. It will provide time and opportunities to do so in a beautiful setting, while also providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and rejuvenation. Must be a CBEEN member to participate. Registration is through EEPSA Local Chapters.

Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation
May 5-6, 2020, Kimberley
This two-day Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology conference 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. 

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network – Save the Date!
May 6-9, 2020, West Kootenays (location TBA)
Learning Retreat: Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations and Participatory Leadership
The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges. Registration will open soon.

Columbia Basin Symposia – Save the Date!
October 2-4, 2020, Trail / October 23-25, 2020, 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. And if you won’t be able to come in person, plan to participate online. More details to come. Registration opens Spring 2020. Be one of the first to register and learn about speakers and agenda highlights by subscribing to receive email updates about the Symposia.
RBC Tech for Nature
Deadline: February 3, 2020
The RBC Foundation works with partners to leverage technology and innovation capabilities to solve pressing environmental challenges. RBC Tech for Nature funding is supporting technology-driven programs in three key areas: Data, Innovation Ecosystem, Behaviour Change. RBC Foundation is now accepting applications until February 3, 2020.

Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants - Develop Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
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; decisions are made the following month. 

Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Delivered for the Columbia Basin Trust by the Kootenay Livestock Association, the Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program supports efforts to maintain and/or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environmental and recreational objectives. Objectives include promoting the stewardship of the grassland resource, striving to maintain and enhance biodiversity and long-term fish and wildlife productivity in public grassland ecosystems and improving compatibility between livestock management and recreation use. 

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
The goal of the Community Engagement Grant is to provide an opportunity for FWCP stakeholders (e.g. environmental groups, rod and gun clubs, non-profits, stewardship organizations, government, and First Nations), to apply for small amounts of funding to support their conservation and enhancement work.  

Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis
CBT's Career Internship Program provides wage funding for employers to hire college and university graduates in permanent, career-focused positions. Eligible employers are businesses, registered non-profits, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations within the Columbia Basin Trust region that have a demonstrated fiscal and organizational need for an intern and wage funding. The funding is up to 50 per cent of the new employee's wage over the first seven to 12 months, to a maximum of $25,000. The intern position must include a training plan that provides structured learning to the new employee and transitions to full-time, permanent employment at the end of the internship.
Wildsight Kimberley-Cranbrook
Sustainability Coordinator
The Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook branch is currently seeking a dynamic and organized individual for the position of Sustainability Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for the successful operation of the Kimberley Farmers’ Market as well as the Apple Capture Project. This position encourages creativity in identifying and building new projects based on sustainability needs within the community. This is a part-time permanent contract position, based from a home office and/or situated in Wildsight’s 1650 Warren office space in Kimberley. Applications will be closed when the suitable candidate is found.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Interim Wild Voices Program Manager
CBEEN is looking for an interim Wild Voices Program Manager to cover a maternity and parental leave. This is anticipated to be 1 year in length. The ideal candidate will be an excellent administrator who is highly organized and computer savvy, has great communication skills, and has experience as an educator. The deadline to apply is January 12, 2020 and CBEEN would like to have someone in place by mid-February. 

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
Wild Voices for Kids program looking for Community Educators
Are you a forester or geographer? A biologist, climate scientist, or mountain guide? A historian or holder of traditional knowledge? Do you have some unique knowledge, skill, or expertise you can share with students? Wild Voices supports individuals who have specific knowledge or expertise connected to the local environment that can be shared with students in the Columbia Basin region of British Columbia. Wild Voices is seeking community educators in the Golden area, as well as the Nakusp/Burton/New Denver area, though interest from community educators throughout the Columbia Basin is welcome. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Mia King at The next Community Educator application intake deadline will be January 15, 2020.

Wildsight Golden
Seeking volunteers for the Golden Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Project  
The Golden Rocky Mountain Bighorn herd has reduced in size since 2016 and Wildsight Golden has begun the Golden Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Project in hopes of helping this herd of sheep survive. They are asking for help looking for dead or alive sightings of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep along Highways 95 between Radium and Golden and along Highway 1 east of Golden to the ten mile bridge. With the widening of Highway 1, these animals could face additional stressors and decline in number. Reporting of bighorn sheep and other   wildlife   takes place using the free   MAPS.ME app .
Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
Updated Columbia Region Action Plans available now
The FWCP updated  2019 Columbia Region Action Plans are now available. These updated ecosystem-based Action Plans define Priority Actions eligible for projects, and are based on input from agencies, First Nations, fish and wildlife stakeholders, and local citizens. Each updated plan includes actions to conserve and enhance the ecosystem and species of interest, and reflects our FWCP  vision and mission

Association of State Wetland Managers
ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series - 2 more webinars left 
This webinar series has been designed to provide participants with a general level of knowledge about wetlands and wetland restoration options and considerations. Participants will come away from trainings with key knowledge, the ability to be more conversant about wetland issues, knowing what questions to ask when looking at restoration opportunities, and knowing when to contact or bring in an expert.

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. 
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