BC Invasive Species Month

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May is Invasive Species Action Month in BC

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Central & West Kootenay Events

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Nelson: BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention: “Conservation Through Collaboration”

Dates: May 4th-6th, 2017: 
Overview: This year’s AGM will be held in Nelson, BC. Nelson is nestled in the Selkirk Mountains along the west arm of Kootenay Lake in the West Kootenay region. Boasting spectacular lake and mountain views, Nelson is also a thriving arts and small business community known as a heritage capital and the Queen city of the Kootenays. This year’s theme is “Conservation Through Collaboration”. CKISS will attend with their outreach booth as part of  “Invasive Species Action Month”. THey are excited to speak to outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and anglers about the simple actions they can take to protect the environment against harmful invasive species. Hosts for the 2017 convention are The Nelson District Rod & Gun Club. Don’t miss their Club Fun Night as they will have a Red Seal chef on hand to prepare a variety of delicious fish and wild game meat as well as a whole roasted hog. ALL BCWF members are welcome, for more information & to register please visit the BCWF website. Delegates will want to bring their families to the convention as the Nelson Club has lined up enjoyable spousal activities, including a Creston Skyway Kootenay Lake ferry circle tour and a Castlegar Trail Salmo circle tour. Youth activities will include a visit to the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre, Kokanee mountain zip lining and archery and trap shooting practice at the four indoor and outdoor club ranges. The BCWF’s 2017 Convention will be held at the waterfront Prestige Lakeside Resort. Outdoor activities and Nelson’s cultural scene are only a few minutes away. Nelson’s Heritage Streetcar #23 arrives outside the front entrance of the resort, just a short ride from historic Baker Street and local museums and galleries.

For more information and to register, contact bcwf.bc.ca


Nelson Garden Festival

Date: May 13th, 2017: 
Times: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Venue: 200 block of Baker St and the 500 block of Kootenay St.
Overview: CKISS will once again have an outreach booth at the 16th Annual Nelson Garden Festival hosted by the West Kootenay Eco Society happening on Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 10-3 pm, 200 block of Baker Street and Kootenay Street in downtown Nelson.  We will be promoting the PlantWise program so we encourage you to stop by and pick up some FREE resources from us. Make your garden invasive free this year!


Trail: Critter Day

Date: May 13th, 2017: 
Times: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Venue: Beaver Creek Provincial Park, Trail
Overview: Come and learn about all the special critters that call the Trail area, and Pend d’Oreille Valley, home. In addition As part of “Invasive Species Action Month” CKISS will be there to show you some invasive species that should NOT be there! Get up close to some local amphibians, snakes, reptiles, aquatic bugs, native plants, insects and more. See the juvenile White Sturgeon to be released into the Columbia River! Talk with biologists, take in a bat presentation, and enjoy the kids’ activities. 


Castlegar Garden & Nature Fest

Date: May 27th, 2017: 
Times: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Venue: Community Complex, Castlegar
Overview: The Castlegar Garden Club and Castlegar Communities in Bloom partner to sponsor this open-air fest that takes place annually in May. The prime focus is the abundance of local gardening talent and nature resources. Plants and gardens (wild and cultivated) are featured, as well as farming, food production, organic growing, sustainable living, invasive plants, composting, hikes and trails in the area, local conservation areas; anything to do with nature and the environment. This potent mix of energies benefits us all, especially our environment; we hope to encourage a wider worldview of your garden! As part of “Invasive Species Action Month”,  CKISS will be there promoting the PlantWise Campaign at the event with a wide range of free resources. The horticulture industry has been identified as a key pathway for invasive species introduction.  Educate yourself on how to choose non-invasive species options for your garden by visiting the CKISS booth.

CKISS Membership Drive - May 12017- June 30 2017 

CKISS wants to hear from YOU...

We are launching a membership drive that will run from May 1st - June 30th 2017. There are several benefits to becoming a CKISS member including:

YOU will have voting rights and become part of a movement that is working to minimize the impacts of invasive species on the ecosystems, communities, and economy of the Central/West Kootenays.
YOU will stay informed on the latest CKISS news e.g. Job postings, volunteer opportunities
YOU will be the first to be invited to CKISS and partner events e.g. Field Tours and Invasive Plant Pulls
YOU may be the winner of a fantastic CKISS prize pack including free weeding services on your property, custom artwork from Alley Cat Glassworks and an interesting cookbook titled " They're Cooked: Recipes to Combat Invasive Species"

Think you already signed up to be member? We want to hear from you too in order to serve you better! The new BC Societies Act requires us to collect additional information on our members. Please take a few moments to fill out the form by clicking below.

If the membership form is not filled in then you will still receive the Ckiss 'N Tell newsletter however you will not be a registered member of CKISS.