Calling Powderhounds: Wildlife Wise Virtual Workshops
December 2 • 9, Online
Working with the Alpine Club of Canada Columbia Mountains section, POW Gals, and regional biologists, Y2Y is excited to deliver a unique learning opportunity. Join one of two workshops in December to learn about mountain caribou and wolverine, and discuss ways to ski, ride and share the snow responsibly. Caribou biologists and wolverine researchers will present and answer your questions. The December 2 workshop is for those recreating in the North Columbia (near Revelstoke, Golden and area), and the December 9 workshop is for those recreating in Kootenay Lake & Lower Columbia region (near Nelson, Creston, Kaslo, Rossland, and surrounding areas). Each workshop which will focus on features and trails in these areas. All workshops are 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT. Please register in advance.
CBEEN AGM & Member Discussion Groups
December 2, Online
Join the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network for this annual gathering to share highlights and discuss how CBEEN can better support your work.
C2C Solstice Event
December 10, Online
Join the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network and their BC Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Partners for this seasonal celebration event. Learn, share and connect with educators from around the province. C2C envisions a province where all students and teachers are deeply connected to place, community and planet, are able to effectively communicate their stories of connectedness, and are taking responsibility to do so.
Webinar: Ecological Connectivity in the Crown
December 11, Online
Join the Crown Managers Partnership for this free webinar that will address the following questions: How can we prioritize human safety and multi-species connectivity across a regional road networks? What are some guidelines for conserving connectivity? How can we effectively conserve connectivity in the face of climate change?
Teaching EE and Climate Change: A New K-10 Big Ideas Framework
January 14, Online
Environmental Educator Dave Quinn will share a draft set of Environmental Education and Climate Change Education Big Ideas, with linked Curricular Competencies and Content for these critical, overarching subjects whose content is currently sprinkled throughout other curriculum areas. This workshop will help educators navigate the challenges of teaching critical concepts for environmentally literate students of all ages, and these new Big Ideas help guide teachers through age-appropriate concepts and topics relating to Environment and Climate Change.
Art of Participatory Leadership: Catalyzing Action to Address Complex Issues of our Time
January 22 • February 26 • March 26 • April 23 • May 28, Online
In our personal lives, in our organizations and in our communities, it is time to join hands, hearts and minds to create new paths forward. Climate disasters, COVID-19 pandemic, and calls to embrace equity and end racism — they all combine into unparalleled opportunities to reimagine and recreate the lives and communities we want, now. Help build a movement and a community to learn and build participatory leadership skills from the Art of Hosting tradition as well as developing other regenerative practices. The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network is offering this series on the 4th Friday every month for 5 months from January to May. Two information sessions are being offered on December 11 and January 7. Early bird registration ends December 31.
Drones & Dens: Using Non-Invasive Techniques to Find Wolverine Dens
January 28, Online
Join Doris Hausleitner for the first webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. Wolverine are a species of conservation priority provincially and nationally, partially due to their naturally low reproductive rates. Female wolverine are vulnerable to disturbance, especially at reproductive den sites. Dens are excavations in the snow in high elevation cirque basins near tree-line and preferred areas are used repeatedly. Deep snow is favoured for denning habitat, making wolverine susceptible to climate change and a shrinking snowpack. Doris Hausleitner will describe female wolverine denning areas and how they have searched for them using a combination of new technologies and citizen science.
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.
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.
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.
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.