Annual Researchers’ Forum & AGM

  • Start Date: May 02, 2014
  • End Date: May 02, 2014
  • Time: 9am
  • City: Revelstoke, BC
  • Venue: Revelstoke United Church
Airport wetlands as seen from the Revelstoke Flying Club. (White dots are swans with their heads down feeding). Michael Morris photo

Airport wetlands as seen from the Revelstoke Flying Club. (White dots are swans with their heads down feeding). Michael Morris photo

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Every year CMI members get together to provide updates on their projects (research, field trials, new initiatives in southeastern British Columbia) and catch up on each others’ news. It’s an informal atmosphere and non-CMI members are welcome to join us in Revelstoke.

Presentations will commence in the morning, and continue into the early afternoon with local field trips to follow. CMI’s short Annual General Meeting will be held just before lunch. More details on the event schedule are below. A social community event focusing on Revelstoke’s Wetlands will take place in the evening, hosted by the North Columbia Environmental Society, which will be open to all participants in CMI’s researcher’s forum. More information about that event, “Revelstoke Wetlands: past, present, future” can be found here.



List of speakers, posters and field trips

SPEAKERS:  9am-1:30pm

Dr. Robert Serrouya, Columbia Mountains Caribou Research Project and Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Director of the Caribou Monitoring Unit, 5 or 6 easy steps to recover endangered Mountain Caribou

Kevin Bollefer, Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild Project, Revelstoke Rearing in the Wild: Maternity Pen Project

Lisa Larson, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, Highlights of monitoring alpine birds and wolverine in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks

Harry VanOorte, Cooper Beauchesne and Associates Ltd.,  What impacts do reservoir operations have on riparian songbirds when their nesting habitat becomes flooded?

Jennifer Greenwood, University of British Columbia, Forest Conservation Sciences, Proximate and ultimate causes of elevational variations in life histories of songbirds

Carrie Nadeau, Summit Environmental Consultants, Goals, objectives and targets: Learning how to plan a successful restoration program

Ryan Gill, Cooper Beauchesne and Associates Ltd., Threatened Bobolinks in the Middle Shuswap

Steve Arndt, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, A review of the Arrow Lakes Reservoir Fishery and fish population trends following 15 years of nutrient additions 


Amy Leeming, Thompson Rivers University, Fine scale habitat needs may reveal ‘hotspots’ for management: where exactly do turtles hibernate in the reservoir?

Mandy Kellner, Kingbird Biological Consultants Ltd., Floating nest platforms buoy up common loon nesting success in a reservoir

Sarah Boyle and Mandy Kellner, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, Using passive acoustic monitoring to confirm presence of bat species in the Nakimu Cave System, Glacier National Park, British Columbia – Interim results 

Dr. Robert Serrouya, Columbia Mountains Caribou Research Project and Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Director of the Caribou Monitoring Unit, Experimentally reducing predator-mediated apparent competition: theory and conservation


 Harvesting with a Biodiversity Emphasis, Kevin Bollefer, Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation.  1:30pm – 4:30pm

We will leave Revelstoke and head north approximately 30 minutes along Lake Revelstoke to the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation’s Tree Farm License.  There we will examine a number of harvested blocks up the Key Road.  The blocks have been harvested with biodiversity, wildlife and visuals objectives in mind as well as timber.  Some areas have a beautiful park like setting while others have gorgeous views of the Lake and surrounding mountains.  Forest harvesting can meet many different objectives at the same time but require certain site requirements.  This will be discussed as well as other challenges with this type of harvesting.  Also, there is a chance that the mountain caribou may still be on the road this time of year!

BRING: A pair of good boots, a snack, and dress appropriately for the weather.

COST: free

Birding, bird-banding and turtle telemetry in Revelstoke Wetlands, Michal Pavlik, Cooper Beauchesne and Associates Ltd., and Amy Leeming, Thompson Rivers University.  1:30pm – 3:30pm

Departing from the Revelstoke United Church we will carpool south of town to a site near Montana Bay and “Airport Marsh” area for some birding and research method demonstrations. With the aid of a mist net, we’ll aim to capture and band some birds with one half of the group. The other half of the group will learn more about where turtles have emerged from their overwintering sites (as well as some spring nesting sites) and partake in a telemetry demonstration – then the groups will switch.

BRING: Binoculars and gum boots, dress appropriately for the weather.

COST: free

Revelstoke Wetlands: past, present, future, The North Columbia Environmental Society and partners.  6:30pm – 8:30pm

A community event to raise public awareness of wetlands in the Revelstoke area. This event will shed light on the beauty and ecological value of areas such as the “airport marsh,’ how it was created, current developments and the potential outcome of future decisions. Presentations will include perspectives from history (Revelstoke Museum and Archives), ecological values (local biologists), development potential (Chamber of Commerce), beauty (local artists), etc!.  This event takes place at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, wine and cheese will be served.

COST: Entry is by donation to be paid at the door. More information may be found here.


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