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 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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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


Aug. 30, 2017

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


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:

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100th Anniversary Committee!

In the early spring the Executive announced the forming of a committee to look at and bring together ideas and plans to promote the clubs 100th anniversary in 2019. Two long serving members have indicated a willingness to stand on the committee to date. Frank Keely and Buzz Harmsworth are looking for few more members to join them and we are encouraging members of all ages to offer to work with them. You can send ideas along to them through the email Those interested in sitting on the committee please contact an Executive member.

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100th Anniversary!

Did you know that the Lake Windermere District Rod & Club was founded at a meeting on May 17, 1919 held in the Rotunda of the Hotel Invermere? 

John A. Hope a well known guide and writer was the driving force behind the formation of the club and he became its first President. Basil George Hamilton a local journalist was the first Secretary with the first Executive Committee consisting of the following local personnel:  Hon. R. Randolf Bruce, W. Howard Cleland, Mathew H. Craik, Alexander Duncan MacKinnon, James Carlton Pitts, William W. Taynton, Alexander Ritchie,  Alexander G. Cuthbert, Arthur Murray Chisholm, Allan S. Cochrane, Charles D. Ellis, Captain Albert H. MacCarthy, Edward Tunnacliffe, Walter J. Nixon,  Stanley B. Harrison, H. G. Lowe, James W. Crawford and Joseph Lake.

So as you can see, our 100th anniversary is approaching.  In just over a year, we will be entering our 100th year and we need a program of events to celebrate this accomplishment.  Your executive is looking to establish a committee of interested and imaginative club members who would start the planning process for the 100th year events.

If you are interested in participating in this committee please advise a member of the executive or email us at

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Friday, April 21st @ the Invermere Community Hall!

As members of this club we all are very concerned about the way our wildlife is being managed and the low numbers we are experiencing in our valley. The Town Hall meeting this Friday is not only a chance to receive up to date information but it as well shows our concern. Having a good attendance by members will indicate to MLA Candidates just how important this matter is to us and something they need to be aware of heading towards election day. Procrastination is not what we can afford at this point. See you Friday night – 7 pm at the Invermere Community Hall.

Rick Hoar – President.

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Recreational Access Management Plan

The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club is a strong supporter for a much needed Recreational Access Management Plan and strategy. We continue to support and sit on the Columbia Valley Recreational Access Management Planning group made up of local groups. This pictorial arrangement made by Pat Morrow, a sitting member, shows quite well why such a plan is required.

What’s At Stake_ Invermere RAMP

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