General · 20th March 2010
Comox Valley Naturalists Soc.
Comox Valley Naturalists Society Nature Walk
Once upon a time, not really so long ago, in an estuary near where you live, there was a small smelly ugly sewage lagoon...
This is now known as The Courtenay River Airpark. The Comox Valley Naturalists Society will be presenting a nature walk in this fine example of land restoration, recovery, and urban re-use, on Saturday April 3rd, 10:00 am to noon, parking on Mansfield Drive. The walk is to be lead by local Naturalist Fred Constabel.
For the last 15 years CVNS volunteers, aided by many other organizations, have been planting native vegetation, removing foreign invasive species (such as Scotch broom, English ivy) and otherwise improving this former sewage lagoon site. It is now a minor gem in the estuary. Please come and join us for a Botanist’s view of this success story.
Some of the planted species include Garry Oak, Oregon grape, ocean spray, Pacific ninebark, and red-flowering current as well as many others. CVNS has also been active in nearby areas of the estuary, such as just across the river (aka “hollyhock flats”) where we have been very active removing invasive species in conjunction with the Comox Valley Regional District.
For those of you who would enjoy a bit more “hands on” action, CVNS is having one of our annual “Airpark Broom Bashes”, a week earlier, Saturday March 27, 9:00 am to noon. This will be lead by Frank Hovenden, please bring along clippers, gloves, water and a snack. You can help (maybe also join CVNS?), and “become a part of the solution”.
See you there...
CVNS is a 44 year old local registered charity with about 150 members. We have active Birding, Botany, and Conservation groups. Our primary goals are to protect Nature, and to educate the public about Nature. Meetings are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings are open to the public, including youth. A donation of $2.00 is suggested for non-members, and new memberships are always welcomed.
CVNS "Broom Bash", 2008.