Like the tourist towns nearby, the Columbia Wetlands are a popular seasonal destination. But instead of skiers and sunbathers, the wetlands attract a well-travelled flock of a different feather. Birds. Thousands of birds make the Columbia Wetlands a must-stop spot for a brief respite, a short stay, or year-round home base. These wetlands, stretching approximately … Continued
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Wildsight News :Water
Everything has a breaking point. The trout population of the upper Fording River, who have long suffered toxic water pollution from Teck’s Elk Valley coal mines, not to mention destruction of their habitat, have finally reached their breaking point. Of the adult westslope cutthroat trout in this 60km stretch of river, 90% are gone in … Continued
By Graeme Lee Rowlands, Program Coordinator of the Columbia River Field School Photos by Bailey Repp “I wonder[ed how they] could understand so little about my purpose, what I was born for: to find my way with great freedom and power to the sea.” So says the Columbia River, personified, in Heart of … Continued
Here in BC, it’s obvious that we care about our environment—and we like to think that our laws reflect how we feel. But when it comes to mining, the sad truth is that our laws to protect the environment and our communities are outdated, weak or sometimes just not enforced. There’s a saying that BC … Continued
Teck Coal had a plan to deal with Elk Valley water pollution problems, but the plan hasn’t worked. Is BC going to let Teck delay for years or will they finally stand up and enforce permits that limit water pollution? Without real changes to mining practices, the future is bleak for fish and rivers.
Join us in celebrating everything we’ve achieved together with our 2018 annual report. Take a look and read about what we accomplished together last year with our partners, members, donors and supporters. A special thanks to each and every one of you for your commitment to wildlife, wild places and clean water. The Wildsight Team … Continued
I’m writing to you because we need your help today to fight for our wildlife and wild spaces. You may have seen the many news reports coming out lately about how our world’s wilderness is disappearing. About how we’ve wiped out 60% of our planet’s mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970. It’s upsetting, to say the … Continued
The results of the fall 2018 Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey (CWWS) are in! With the highest bird counts since the project’s inception in 2015, and with the largest number of volunteers participating… this was our best set of bird counts to date with 57,057 birds counted! 105 citizen-scientists observed birds for three hours over three … Continued
Who pays to clean up old mines? Our mine reclamation security system is supposed to make sure mine owners pay to clean up their mine sites and downstream pollution, but there are so many exceptions, secrets, weak policies and backroom deals, that mine owners across the province are profiting while BC taxpayers cover the long-term … Continued
Last week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Will Warnock, Aquatic Biologist for the Ktunaxa Nation Council. I wanted to learn more about Kokanee and I’d heard he was the person to ask. Here’s our conversation. Lindsay: Hi Will. Maybe you could just introduce yourself and tell us what you do for a living? Will: … Continued