Most animals have three choices to survive winter: migrate, hibernate, or cope with freezing temperatures. Many birds (and some humans) choose to migrate south to warmer places. Bears fatten up and sleep through winter in their dens. But aquatic animals have an extra challenge: freezing water. Few animals can withstand being frozen because the forming ice destroys cell membranes, so aquatic animals have “cool” adaptations.

We all want to get where we’re going, safely. Animal strikes are a major road safety issue, and an expensive one. No one wants to experience an elk suddenly crashing through their windshield. Yet, each year at least 200 collisions with large mammals occur on Highway 3 between Hosmer, BC and the Alberta border, costing society $2.8 million annually in injuries and property damage. Further east near Rock Creek in Alberta, 38 collisions a year are reported. More go unreported. 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, August 18, 2022
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Grizzly Bear Solutions is coming to town! They will be teaming up for a FREE bear safety workshop in Jaffray Aug 17, followed by a FREE electric fencing workshop in Fernie Aug 18! Come learn from an expert in grizzly bear coexistence.

Event Date(s): 
Monday, March 7, 2022
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Learn about bats in our communities! Join the Fernie Heritage Library Monday, March 7th at 7:30pm as we discover the secret lives of our amazing Kootenay bats, including the challenges these small mammals face.

Mandy of the BC Community Bat Project will talk about bats and bat habitat, conservation issues, and the role of citizen scientists in helping us understand and protect these important animals. This event will prepare you for using the new library bat packs. Bring your batty questions and stay on to chat.

A proposal to rezone property for subdivision in Electoral Area A adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort has been referred back to staff.

Bylaws 3102 and 3103 would amend the Official Community Plan and zoning designation of multiple properties, known as the Galloway Lands, to permit future subdivision.

As we start to collectively sway back into equilibrium, we should take a moment to note the things that we lost, and the things that we learned. How do we prevent our ecosystems from getting out of balance in the future? What are our keystone species? What have we done with our wolves?

Event Date(s): 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Wildsight Elk Valley for their annual AGM and potluck. Clayton Lamb, bear biologist and researcher for the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project, will be joining us and giving a presentation following the AGM. Everyone welcome but only current Wildsight members are eligible for voting.

They are actively seeking members for the Wildsight Elk Valley Board of Directors. Interested? Know someone who may be? Please contact Courtney at elkvalley@wildsight.ca for more info or to nominate.

Jesse joins Emma Van Tussenbroek, a wildlife technician for the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project (SRGBP), in learning about bears.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bear safety education is fairly involved but there are two simple things you can do to increase your odds of avoiding or surviving a bear encounter. That is: keep your dog on leash and carry bear spray and know how to use it.