Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey

Do you love the Columbia Wetlands, birds, and being outside?  If so, participating in bird-surveythe Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey may be for you!

Bird Surveys will be occurring this fall on Sept 29th, Oct 5th and Oct 15th from 10am-1pm. 

We are looking for citizen scientists to survey in the Parson, Brisco, Radium, Wilmer, Invermere and Columbia Lake areas.  By involving citizen scientists (yes, you!), we are able to gather a large amount of data about waterbirds during migratory seasons, including data on species-at-risk. One of our major goals is to collect the necessary baseline data to achieve Important Bird Area (IBA) status for the Columbia Wetlands. That means that the data you collect may be used to help designate the Columbia Wetlands as an Important Bird Area!

We are also learning more about where bird species-at-risk are located during migrations, along with species distribution and abundance throughout the wetlands.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact racheldarvill@gmail.com or call 250-344-5530. Free training modules are being offered in Golden (Sept 21) and Invermere (Sept 22) from 5-7pm, and optical gear can be lent to those who need it.

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In search of a cargo trailer

The club wants to purchase a cargo trailer 10’ – 12’ in length. We are open to used as long as it is in good shape and prefer a lighter colour so we can put some club information on the outside. If you know of anyone who has one for sale that we should look at please contact one of the Executive.

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Chili night! Jan 27, 2018

This annual event will be held on January 27 at the Legion where members who had a successful hunting season can bring their antlers and horns to be scored. There will be more on this at our December regular meeting

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Wild game banquet on Feb. 24, 2018

The 2018 Rod & Gun Club banquet is set for February 24 in the new Invermere Community Hall. Ticket sales for members only will be available at our AGM on January 18, held at the Legion in Invermere. We will accept cash or credit card with members able to buy up to 6 tickets per family. Prices are adult – $50.00 and minors 14 years or younger – $30.00. Tickets will be made available to the general public shortly after the AGM at our usual locations.

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Turkey Shoot raffle -Dec 9th

The raffle is for an air rifle! Tickets are 3 for $5

you can purchase them from the Legion or from Danny McLuaghlin.

Good luck!

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Turkey Shoot!

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Indoor air rifles

Starts Tuesday, January 16, 2018 through to Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7-8 pm @ the new Community Centre in Invermere

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Nocturnal Neighbours – Our Columbia Valley Bats

Celebrate ‘Bat Week’ with Kootenay Community Bat Project biologist,                                                                       Leigh Anne Isaac.

With support from the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club and the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, join Leigh Anne to learn more about these interesting and often misunderstood nocturnal animals.

Leigh Anne will lead an engaging discussion of bat ecology, White Nose Syndrome and what you can do to conserve our Columbia Valley bats.

Date: Friday October 27, 2017

Time: 7pm to 8 pm

Location: Lion’s Hall, Invermere BC

Cost: Free!

Our program supporters:

Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun – R.D.E.K.- K.C.P.- C.B.E.E.N.-    Home Depot- Columbia Basin Trust- Cranbrook Pest Control- Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation- P.C.A.F.- Rocky Mountain Trench Society

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Aug 31, 2017 Voluntary Backcountry Closure

Please read!

Aug 31 Voluntary Backcountry Closure

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Forest Travel Restrictions Increased

For Immediate Release

2017FLNR0255-001499

Aug. 30, 2017

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Off-road vehicle restrictions still in effect

CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that the operation of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all motorcycles for recreational purposes on Crown land continues to be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

Many parts of the southern Interior are experiencing a prolonged drought and there is currently minimal rain in the forecast for this region. Given the number of fires currently burning in B.C., the aggressive behaviour of current wildfires and lightning in the forecast, the prevention of human-caused fires is paramount.

Jeeps, trucks or other “on-highway” vehicles must remain on constructed or defined road surfaces. The road surface must consist of a mineral soil or mixed gravel/mineral soil surface that is clear of grass, wood debris or any other flammable organic material across the entire road surface. Drivers are not allowed to go off-road in such vehicles while this prohibition is in effect.

The prohibition of off-road vehicles and on-highway vehicles does not apply to private lands or national parks. It also does not apply to emergency responders or to agriculture or commercial/industrial users who operate vehicles for farming, emergency response or business purposes.

With bow-hunting season scheduled to begin on Friday, Sept. 1, and rifle hunting season on Sept. 10, registered guides and outfitters are advised that the off-road vehicle prohibition does not apply to them while they’re using ORVs for business purposes. Such business purposes would include activities such as transporting supplies, setting up camps and general preparations for hunting operations. However, permitted ORV activities do not include guided clients using ORVs to hunt or gain access to the backcountry.

The BC Wildfire Service is continually monitoring conditions and this ORV prohibition may be expanded or rescinded as needed. It will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Anyone found in contravention of this off-road vehicle prohibition may be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report an off-road violation, call the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at     1-877-952-7277.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

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