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New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

Summer is the season when property owners notice bats in their buildings. They may find guano on the deck, hear bats in the walls, or smell a build-up of guano. The Kootenay Community Bat Project, funded by the Columbia Basin Trust, has received numerous calls with these issues. In many cases, landowners are happy to leave bats where they are. However, for landowners who would like to have bats move out of their buildings, a new resource guide is available.

B.C. GETS BOOST IN FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS

B.C. GETS BOOST IN FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS

Columbia Basin Trust is helping the province to double the number of mobile decontamination units aimed at stopping invasive mussels from entering British Columbia waterways, thanks to $360,000 in new funding.
 

Free Nest Box Workshops Being Hosted Around Kootenay Lake

Free Nest Box Workshops Being Hosted Around Kootenay Lake

Come and join Friends of Kootenay Lake for a free, info-packed workshop about cavity nesting animals like bats, waterfowl, owls, and swallows.  We will walk you through how to improve habitat values on your property for these amazing creatures. 

Stores To Shores Weekly Update:

Stores To Shores Weekly Update:

Having bounced back after last week’s tremendous wind and rain storm, it’s a big week on the Stores To Shores Downtown Revitalization site.
 
Crews with Maglio Installations had to undertake some significant damage control after the downpour and near-gale.
 
“It’s been a wild week here in Nelson,” says Mayor Deb Kozak, “we’ve had not one but two natural disasters, if you include the Duhamel/Sitkum fire. Our City crews and Maglio’s have been pushed to the limit.”
 

Registration opens as instructor for UBC Creative Writing Course named

Registration opens as instructor for UBC Creative Writing Course named

An award-winning author, editor and teacher with a national profile, Sonnet L’Abbe, will be the instructor this fall as the University of B.C. offers a credit creative writing course in Nelson.

L’Abbe won the national Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers in 2000, and has two collections of poems with Toronto’s McClelland and Stewart publishers to her credit.  She edited the annual anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014, and has taught for the University of Toronto, and UBC’s Kelowna campus. 

Physical Literacy in the Columbia Basin

Physical Literacy in the Columbia Basin

More than 400 professionals from across the world and from a range of sectors including health, education, leisure, play and sport gathered with the common goal of developing a global community committed to the development of physical literacy. 

The International Physical Literacy Conference 2015 was held in Vancouver from June 13th -16th

Nelson Youth Centre get facelift

Nelson Youth Centre get facelift

Nelson and District Youth Centre expects more than 8,000 visits this year.

And to help with those visitors, there are some big, bold changes afoot.

“I'm excited about the renovations and programming changes both completed and underway,” says City Council Youth Advisory Committee Rep Valerie Warmington.

“The Center has been really well-used by youth from Nelson and surrounding areas in the past, and each improvement sees a further increase in participation and engagement.”

Nelson is going on the Lake to join in cross-Canada We>Tar Sands action

Nelson is going on the Lake to join in  cross-Canada We>Tar Sands action

Climate and pipeline activists in Nelson are getting ready to join in the national We>Tar Sands action coming up Saturday (July 4th.)

NETS & NDCU Offering a Free Streetcar Ride on Canada Day

NETS & NDCU Offering a Free Streetcar Ride on Canada Day

For the fourth year, Nelson & District Credit Union is sponsoring the Canada Day Free Ride on Nelson Electric Tramway Society’s Street Car #23.

NDCU staff and NETS conductors want to be sure you jump on at Lakeside Park in Nelson on July 1, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m, and enjoy Canada Day with a historical streetcar ride compliments of the members of the Credit Union.

The public is urged to take the free ride while participating in the Nelson Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park.

All-stars and brilliance at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

All-stars and brilliance at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

What do Bob Bossin, Kate Pullinger, and Marina Endicott have in common?

These multi-award-winning literary all-stars are all on stage on the same night at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s All-Star Reading on Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.

The Festival kicks off on Friday with a 100-mile Gala that pairs local authors with Creston wines in an evening of literary merriment.

Panel discussions all day Saturday explore the creative process with special guests and local artists and thinkers.