Commercial harvesting of wild huckleberries is happening on a scale we’ve never seen before in the Kootenays. One camp of thirty harvesters near Yahk, working with berry rakes, is picking hundreds of pounds per day and they plan to keep picking until frost. A thousand pounds per day are crossing the US border at Kingsgate … Continued
Supreme Court decision on Qat'muk: What's next?
Wildsight welcomes the ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears announced yesterday, but we are unclear what a meat hunt will mean for the bears. Big-game hunters may still hunt grizzlies, taking home photos of themselves with their kill instead of the bear’s hide, head and paws, which will be prohibited. Very few, if any, … Continued
“You wouldn’t want to build a resort in the Vatican, so why are we talking about building a resort in any other sacred space?”
Aq’am Chief Joe Pierre on the sacred home of the grizzly bear spirit, Qat’muk.
For the last three years, I, Ben Gadd (of no relation to the Ben Gadd), have participated in Go Wild!, hiking for six days into the middle of nowhere and out the other side, accompanied by complete strangers—and Dave Quinn. The first year, in 2015, a group of 14 teens, ranging in age from 14 … Continued
A few days ago, I spent a day in the woods near Invermere with two of Canfor’s foresters, a local rancher, and the president of the local rod and gun club. The day’s objective? To make sure that Canfor’s logging plans would not negatively impact the mountain goats who travel through the area on their … Continued
Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook is proud to announce the winner of our artist design contest: Jennifer Johnston! Jen’s vision of vibrant, sustainable communities was beautifully captured in her design: weaving plant forms and pollinators together with our charismatic neighbour, the black bear. Jen offers her thoughts here on art, community and living (and growing) with nature. … Continued
Continuing our celebration of 30 years of Wildsight, Jeremy Sroka sat down with someone who has been working to protect the wild landscapes of the East Kootenay that he loves for nearly 50 years, long before Wildsight (or the East Kootenay Environmental Society) began. From the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy to Akamina-Kishinena Park in the Flathead … Continued
Imagine a pine tree. You’re probably thinking of a tall, skinny, fast-growing lodgepole pine, like the ones that cover so much of the Kootenay landscape. But lodgepole pine aren’t our only pine. Hidden high up in the mountains or on dry, rocky slopes in valleys in the Purcells and the Rockies, limber and whitebark pine … Continued
Wildsight has been delivering environmental education programs in schools throughout the Columbia Basin for 17 years. We have 5 programs customized for youth from kindergarten to grade 10. We are seeking environmental educators to deliver our Winter Wonder, Classroom with Outdoors, Beyond Recycling and Know Your Watershed programs in Invermere and Golden for the 2017-18 … Continued
This school year, more than 2000 Grade 4-7 students from around the Columbia Basin put their pencils in their pockets and marched deep into the wild world of their own backyards with our Classroom With Outdoors program. As the name suggests, students stepped away from their desks and headed outside on day-long field trips to … Continued