CRED Talks (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions)
- Start Date: November 03, 2016
- End Date: July 31, 2017
- City: Revelstoke BC
CMI and the North Columbia Environmental Society are happy to announce a new series: CRED Talks! The Columbia Region Ecological Discussions will include speakers addressing a diversity of topics such as science communication, active ecological management, citizen science, research skills and techniques and the influences that our natural environment has on art and culture.
This series will commence in October 2016 and run until July 2017 (with the potential for extension.) Talks are offered free of cost. See speaker information below, and return back here for schedule updates as they become available.
Natalie Stafl, Parks Canada Resource Management Officer, Whitebark Pine Restoration in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks BC
Wedndesday Feb 22, 2017. 12pm. Revelstoke Community Centre
Whitebark pine is a keystone sub-alpine species that is federally listed as Endangered under the Species at Risk Act. Come learn about the on-going initiatives in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park to protect, restore and enhance whitebark pine and associated habitat. Park staff will highlight elements of their whitebark pine conservation program including cone collection, disease resistance trials, prescribed fire and targeted planting in the parks.
IMAGE: Parks Canada
KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful – Film Screening & Discussion with the film’s producer Nettie Wild.
Thursday March 9, 2017. 6:30pm. Roxie Theatre, Revelstoke
Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, is a compelling art film which tells the story of the many different people who wander, work, dream, create, and conserve throughout Northwestern British Columbia and celebrates their common love and respect for the land. Set deep in the traditional lands of the Tahltan First Nation, Koneline (pronounced kona-leena) captures the beauty of the land while the wilderness undergoes irrevocable change. The film shares with it’s audience a different, non-lecturing, way of seeing and being – from hunters to miners, and guide outfitters to elders of the Tahltan First Nation, Koneline shares their stories of politics, drama, and humour displayed in a visually stunning and poetic presentation. The film smashes stereotypes of the people who work and live in the region: white hunters carry bows and arrows while members of the Tahltan First Nation hunt out of the back of a pickup truck with high powered rifles, both Native and caucasian diamond drillers reporting to work while elders blockade them, young Natives struggling to preserve their dying language and older white men sing to their stuffed moose. Although the film is set in a region outside of Revelstoke, the stories there reflect a common thread throughout BC – mixing resource extraction, with wilderness preservation, and an adventurous way of life.
The award winning film creates an experience full of complexity which parks all assumptions, shows the stories of the land from several perspectives, and compels the audience to look at their own journeys as a mutual project, working with everyone to create a sustainable planet – socially, economically, and environmentally.
Join us, along with our co-hosts: Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, and Monashee Outfitting Ltd on Thursday, March 9th at the Roxy Theatre Revelstoke, doors at 6:30pm. There will be a Q&A session with the film’s director, Nettie Wild, after the screening.
Advance tickets will be available for $10 ($12 at the door).
Discovering Endangered Bat Species in the Nakimu Cave System, Glacier National Park B.C
Wednesday March 8, 2017. 12pm. Revelstoke Community Centre
Parks Ecologist Sarah Boyle from Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks will present a 20 minute lively talk to highlight the history of the Nakimu Cave System and the recent discovery of the bat species that call it home.
IMAGE: B. Fenton
Dr. Karl Larsen, The Western Painted Turtle: Revelstoke’s Resilient Reptile
Thursday November 3, 2016. 7pm. Revelstoke Community Centre
The Western Painted Turtle is a fascinating animal, which has adapted to tolerate harsh conditions. Because of its resilience, this species of turtle has managed to survive further north than any other turtle in North Ameica, with the population in Revelstoke representing one of the more extreme northern points in its range. The painted turtle population which inhabit the Arrow Lakes Reservoir are of particular interest since they are able to tolerate the climate of the area but can also the dynamics of the reservoir. Through partnerships between BC Hydro, LGL Ltd., the Okanagan Nation Alliance, and Thompson Rivers University (TRU), intense research on these animals has been brought to bear since 2010. Dr. Karl Larsen of TRU will provide an overview of this work, particularly that which was conducted by graduate students to improve our understanding of the Revelstoke turtle population, including their relationship to their environment and the potential threats to their long-term perseverance. This work shows the amazing resilience of these animals, and although certain knowledge gaps need to be filled, the animals appear to be handling life in the reservoir fairly successfully. Dr. Larsen’s presentation will also include a brief overview of how amphibians and reptiles deal with northern environments.
Karl Larsen grew up in Revelstoke, where he developed a life-long interest in wildlife. After graduating from Revelstoke Secondary School, he went on to compete BSc, MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. Along with the graduate students in his lab, he has studied a variety of animals, including snakes, badgers, spadefoot toads, mice, goshawks, pikas, pillbugs and squirrels. He currently teaches senior-level courses in wildlife conservation and management in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
IMAGE: Karl Larsen
Dr. Alan Burger, BC Nature President
Monday October 3, 2016. 7pm. Revelstoke Community Centre
To help kick off our series, we invite you to join recently retired seabird biologist, university professor, and BC Nature President Dr. Alan Burger, as he discusses his personal experiences aboard small adventure-tourism vessels to the Antarctic and Arctic as a naturalist and lecturer. His talk will focus on Global climate change and its unexpected effects on these polar regions and their wildlife, while touching on the impacts of climate change in BC.
Enjoy his photos of wildlife and spectacular scenery and learn how our activities affect life at the extremes of the earth.
As the President of of BC Nature, the federation of naturalist clubs in BC, he will discuss the possibilities of a Naturalist Club in Revelstoke supported by BC Nature.
IMAGE: Alan Burger