Creston Valley Bird Fest
CANCELLED FOR 2020
The Creston Valley Bird Fest offers the opportunity to explore the wonderful bird biodiversity of the Creston Valley. Besides guided birding tours and canoe trips, events include botany and native bee hikes, and visits to local food and wine producers.
Wings Over the Rockies Festival
CANCELLED FOR 2020
Wings Over the Rockies is one of Canada’s largest wildlife festivals and takes place in various locations throughout the Columbia Valley each year in the month of May. The festival offers a rare opportunity to see and learn about birds and other wildlife species in their natural habitat.
Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society CABIN workshop
TENTATIVELY RE-SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 2020
This summer the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) will be launching their latest citizen science water monitoring program on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Interested volunteers are invited to attend this 2-day workshop on the CABIN protocol, co-hosted by Living Lakes Canada. This program will offer an opportunity for passionate water stewardship advocates to develop the skills to monitor their watershed. This program will also assist FOKLSS in obtaining valuable data on stream health.
Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation
POSTPONED UNTIL LATE OCTOBER
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.
Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day
May 9, Columbia Valley
Wildsight Golden would like you to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with them by participating in Global Big Day. This is the day where people all around the world go out bird watching and enter their sightings on eBird. All you need to do is get outside and look for birds on May 9th in and around the Columbia Wetlands. Everyone who sends us their bird sightings will be entered in a draw to win a lovely bird house built by Lawie Nichol.
Please practice physical distancing when participating.
Columbia Basin Watershed Network AGM
May 12, Online
This year the Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN) will be holding their AGM online through the Zoom platform. Beginning at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT, CBWN will be discussing current projects and future directions. Contribute to the discussion or listen along as they share about the work they’ve been doing.
Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2020
July 22-23, Rossland
If you plan and assess projects, facilitate meetings and write reports – the skills from this workshop are applicable immediately. You do not need to be an artist and everyone can learn the basics to help enhance your meetings, engagement, and sense making.
In the case that face-to-face meetings are not possible in July, other options for delivering this workshop are being considered.
Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations & Participatory Leadership Retreat
August 20 - September 2, 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 — and it is focussed 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.
In light of COVID-19, a series of online discussions and training opportunities leading up to the in-person training is being offered.
KCP Fall Gathering & AGM – Save the Date!
October 16-17, Creston
The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary vehicles to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. The Fall Gathering is a wonderful opportunity to learn about conservation projects in the Kootenays, share knowledge and information, and network with other organizations in the Kootenays. All KCP Partners and members of the public are invited to this free event.
Plans for this event will be adapted this summer based on public health recommendations.
Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques in Creston
POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2021
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.
Advanced Field Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
RE-SCHEDULED FOR MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2021
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.