Comox V. Environmental Council
COMOX VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL.
The Comox Valley Environmental Council will have a meeting at the Comox Regional District Boardroom, 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, at 7:00 pm, Wed. January 19, 2010. There will be a short presentation by Karen Barry, on the Important Bird Area (IBA) Program.
Karen Barry works for Bird Studies Canada (www.birdscanada.org)
, Canada's leading non-profit bird research and conservation organization, where she coordinates the Coastal Waterbird Survey and the Beached Bird Survey programs, and helps coordinate the Important Bird Area program in BC with colleagues Peter Davidson (also with Bird Studies Canada), and Anne Murray and Krista Englund with BC Nature (Nature Canada). Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Waterloo, and a Master’s Degree in Biology from University of Victoria. Karen lives in Nanaimo and is an avid birdwatcher with particular interest in natural history and conservation.
The Important Bird Area (IBA) Program was initiated in the 1980s by BirdLife International, and aims to identify, monitor and protect a global network of sites for the conservation of the world’s birds & biodiversity. Migratory birds depend on Important Bird Areas to rest, feed and breed during their long journeys. Canada has about 600 sites with 84 in British Columbia (www.ibacanada.ca)
. Most of BC's sites encompass offshore islands, coastal habitats, freshwater wetlands and grasslands that provide habitat for threatened species and/or congregations of migratory species, primarily waterfowl, shorebirds, and seabirds. The IBA program brings together local volunteers, organizations and governments to work collaboratively to increase long term conservation of BC's Important Bird Areas through land protection, stewardship, management, and public education and outreach projects.
The Comox Valley Environmental Council is a 20 year old 'Not for Profit Society' which acts as an umbrella organization for 18 local environmental organizations and local Municipal and Regional representatives. CVEC meets about seven times a year, meetings are open to the public, are generally with a small group of people, and often include a short presentation of some local issue. We especially welcome attendance by any representatives of Environmental organizations which may wish to join CVEC.