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Wings over the Rockies: May 7-13

Wings over the Rockies: May 7-13

During the first week in May, Wings Over the Rockies is celebrated in the Upper Columbia Valley. In the words of the festival’s patron, Robert Bateman, the world-famous wildlife artist and environmentalist:

“The Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival’ conjures up an image of all that is great about Canada… spectacular scenery, abundant nature and a warm, human spirit of getting together in a worthy cause. The world over, when people think of Canada, they think of the glory of the Rockies. When you combine this with the upper reaches of the mighty Columbia, you have an unsurpassed natural setting. The continuous wetlands along the river are perfect as breeding areas and staging places for a significant number of bird species. This and the many other habitats provide a variety of ecosystems which will bring joy to any naturalist. But the idea of this festival goes far beyond a “get-together” of serious naturalists. It is an ideal chance for everyone to learn and share the excitement of nature “in the flesh” so to speak.”

This ecosystem grows in value every day as other places like it disappear. A celebration of its wonder and beauty must respect its fragility and ensure that its natural values are protected for the future. Wings Over the Rockies is a festival that contributes to a long-term vision of sustainability for our communities - balancing the needs of human and natural systems.

This annual festival enhances community spirit and cooperation as volunteers, local businesses, naturalists, conservancy groups and special guests work together to provide activities that educate and instill an appreciation of nature. Visitors who come to the valley for this festival make a positive economic impact on our local businesses.

Since 1999, Wings Over the Rockies has been involved in education through the Wild Voices for Kids Program which has successfully delivered environmental education programs to students in the Rocky Mountain School District. This innovative program is now being implemented throughout the East and West Kootenays and Wings has transferred control to the Columbia Basin Environmental Education network (CBEEN). The program continues to support students in the local Rocky Mountain School District throughout the school year and during the Festival, with Wings speakers giving presentations in our local schools.

Wings also awards a scholarship to a local graduating high school student pursuing a career in environmental or natural sciences.

Visit the Wings Over the Rockies website for more information.

Registration now open for the 2012 Project WET Conference!

Registration now open for the 2012 Project WET Conference!

May 22-25, 2012

**The call for proposals is now open! Click here for details**

The goal of the conference is to increase the knowledge and capacity of conference participants to effectively reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. In the interest of innovation, engaging and interactive presentations are encouraged. Presentations must address one of the following strands: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in Water Education, Pedagogy & Water Education, ActionEducation™ & Water Education, and Technology & Other Water Education Topics.

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Regional Environmental Justice Conference: Nelson, April 27-29

Regional Environmental Justice Conference: Nelson, April 27-29

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Essay Competition: Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General

Essay Competition: Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General

‘Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General ...’ Essay Competition

As part of the lead-up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil in June 2012, the Living Rainforest is organising an international essay competition for primary and secondary schoolchildren, Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General ...

The Living Rainforest wants to hear what children think governments and world leaders should be doing to build a more sustainable future on planet Earth. First Prize is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil, with other winners receiving trophies and certificates. We think it’s an important opportunity to engage children in this crucial global debate.

Interested teachers, schools & parents can register here. The deadline is 30 March 2012 for registration and essay submissions.

Please help spread the word! Click here for more information.

Finding Balance: A Forum on Community, Environment and Economy

Finding Balance: A Forum on Community, Environment and Economy

Economics meets the Environment in Invermere
Finding Balance Forum, March 2nd & 3rd
Register As Soon as Possible

“What’s the value of our environment as it relates to economics?” It’s a question that has garnered much attention in national and international media as of late.

Finding Balance is an event that discusses and connects economics with the environment and is being held in Invermere, BC on March 2 and 3. Finding Balance is an ‘Economic and Environmental Forum’ that brings economists, researchers and other innovators together with the public to discuss and review the environment and economics.  We’d be pleased if you could join us!

“There’s been an exceptional amount of interest in an event of this type in our region and we’re pleased to see how much attention the Forum’s already garnered,” said event organizer Juri Peepre.

The Forum is comprised of an evening keynote event at 7:30 PM, Friday March 2nd, and an all-day public seminar March 3.

Friday’s keynote event is presented by Mark Anielski, renowned speaker and authour of ‘The Economics of Happiness: Discovering Genuine Wealth’ and will be held at 7:30 pm at the Invermere Community Hall. Saturday’s event sees presentations from Dr. Richard Kool on “The Economics of ‘Local’ and the Positive Psychology of the ‘Nearby’”;  Amy Robinson presents Greening and Sustaining Small Business and the power of local business networks; and John Thompson hosts The Economic Impacts and Benefits of Protected Areas and their role in the larger economy. There will also be a panel discussion on building a conservation economy in the East Kootenays and Columbia Valley.

“There’s often a disconnect between the value of our environment and how it’s relevant to our communities. This forum aims to address the issue and seeks to provide clarity about the worth of where we live,” said Peepre.

Interest is high and capacity is limited and attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets for the event as soon as possible. To obtain tickets for the entire event or for select portions, visit www.Wildsight.ca.

The event is being hosted by Wildsight, an environmental group celebrating over 25 years of working for the environment with communities and people in Canada’s Columbia and Southern Rocky Mountain region.

To register visit http://www.wildsight.ca/findingbalance

For questions or requests for further information regarding the event, please contact:

Juri Peepre
250-688-1005    
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