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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Banquet tickets for February 24th

There are still tickets available for the Wild Game Banquet on Saturday, Feb24th at the new community centre in Invermere! Get them at Rona or Kootenay Coffee Works.

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The East Kootenay Urban Mule Deer Translocation Trial final report

The East Kootenay Urban Mule Deer Translocation Trial final report has been released and is available on the Vast Resource Solution website (  scroll down to bottom for links). I have also attached a copy here.  There is also a summary and some FAQ’s.

Overall the project was modest success; certainly not without challenges. We demonstrated that we can reliably and safely capture deer in urban areas via free-range darting. The capture, transfer, translocate and release portion of the project went very well. Many thanks to the several people on this distribution who helped with that work, particularly in 2016.

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Sunday – February 11 from 10am – 3pm

“ The annual Rod & Gun Club Family Fishing event for club members will be held once again. This year it is on Sunday – February 11 from 10am – 3pm at the club fishing hut on Lake Windermere in front of the Bay Condos, as last year. As in previous year we will have the BBQ on along with hot drink and a few other items to nibble on. We will have the hut open and a few holes drilled as well. If you bring a chair that will help take a load off your feet.”

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Chilli Night 2018!

“Chilli night” is also our club “horn scoring night”. Members should contact Kent Kebe ahead of the event to allow him time to pre-score your trophies.
When…………    starts 6pm, Saturday January 27.
Where………     Invermere Legion
Cost………..      no cost to members, but you may wish to bring some $ if you wish to
  purchase a drink from the Legion bar and/or purchase tickets for a draw item.
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Recent wildlife research on BC wildlife

Two interesting reports to read:

Region 3 Mule Deer Hunter Survey Final Report December 2017Kootenay Remote Camera

Multi-Species Occupancy Project – 2017 Progress Report

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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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