If you happen to be up that way, our neighbors to the north are doing a special event on the Canadian Flathead Valley. Here’s the announcement . . .
Join us at the Royal BC Museum for this special event
It’s called a BioBlitz!
On February 28, please join Sierra Club BC and the Royal BC Museum for an evening of stories, science and imagery about B.C.’s Flathead River Valley. RSVP for your free ticket!
In August 2012, Royal BC Museum staff and volunteers joined forces with other scientists in a 7-day BioBlitz to survey and record as many species as possible in the Flathead River Valley. For one intensive week, they documented the valley’s birds, insects, fish, plants, mammals, salamanders, spiders, frogs, slugs, snails, and other surprises!
When: February 28, 2013
Where: Royal BC Museum – Newcombe Conference Hall, 675 Belleville St., Victoria
Free admission, but please RSVP through Eventbrite for a ticket
Join us and begin to appreciate the richness of the Flathead River Valley – a natural treasure in our own backyard.
This article on the Sierra Club BC’s web site does a good job of putting the current actions by the B.C. government to protect the Canadian part of the Flathead valley in context.
Here’s the lead-in . . .
Legislation to prohibit mining and energy development in the Flathead River Valley is only the first of three steps the B.C. government must take to protect the Flathead permanently, said Sierra Club BC in a recent press release.
On February 15, 2011, the B.C. premier’s office issued a statement that “the Province has signed an agreement to sustain environmental values in the Flathead Valley, and will introduce legislation to support the 2010 MOU on Environmental Protection, Climate Action and Energy with the State of Montana.”
“While the legislation is an important step, it does not equate to long-term conservation for the Flathead River Valley,” said Sierra Club BC spokesperson Sarah Cox. “It’s a complete stretch to say that the Flathead is forever protected.”
Continue reading . . .
The Sierra Club BC, Wildsight, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter and Flathead Wild recently launched a drive to save British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley. They hope to get the southern third designated as a national park, effectively filling out Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and protect the remainder by establishing it as part of a wildlife management area. See the Friends of the Flathead website for more information.