2016 Wild Wings Events

October 7, 2016
  • WildWings Festival Launch Party and Art Show Opening Reception

    October 7, 2016 @ 1:00 am - 5:00 am
    Just Jake's Restaurant, 45 Craig St, Duncan, BC V9L 1V7, Canada

    The 8th annual WWNAF Festival launch party is the official kick off of 6 weeks of events, activities, hands-on experiences and outdoor learning adventures in the Cowichan Valley. It is also the opening reception for the WildWings art show, a collection of nature art for sale by Vancouver Island artists. Please join us for this celebration!

    The evening will include:
    -The launch of our annual WildWings craft beer
    -The unveiling of the newly-renovated WildWings Loft where the growing collection of WildWings art works from this year, and past years, will now be displayed
    -The introduction of this year’s Artist of the Somenos, Don MacWatt
    -The introduction of the past Artists of the Somenos
    -The opening night for over 30 nature-themed art works with many of the artists present
    -Lots of great complementary Just Jake's appies
    -Cash bar
    -Nice background jazz provided by John Wade and friends.

October 8, 2016
  • Mt. Tzouhalem Awareness Hike

    October 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mount Tzouhalem, British Columbia V9L, Canada

    The Mount Tzouhalem Awareness Hike will be a unique opportunity for you to:
    -Deepen your understanding of the history of Mount Tzouhalem
    -Learn about the mountain’s cultural significance to First Nations people
    -Gain greater knowledge of the identification and usage of the mountain’s plants
    -Broaden your connection to this historic Cowichan Valley landmark
    -Please bring a snack, water, wear proper hiking footwear and weather appropriate clothing
    -Please note that there are some steep pitches

    Guide Ken Elliott is a Cowichan Tribes member whose home is the Quamichan Reserve. He graduated from secondary school in 1975 and went to work managing the Cowichan River Hatchery from 1978-1983. He then worked as a logging contractor. “creek cleaning” after various logging operations had packed up and moved on. June 6, 1994 is a date of “rebirth” for Ken, as he survived a horrible vehicle accident involving a 100 foot plunge off an isolated logging road. The accident was the beginning point of Ken’s dedication to creating an awareness in others, and a relinking, to the interconnectedness of people and land. He is currently the independent owner and operator of Ken’s Nature Plant Nursery located at the Cowichan River Hatchery.

    Participants please meet in the Mount Tzouhalem parking lot at the end of Kaspa Road:
    [take Maple Bay Road to Kingsview, right on Chippewa, left on Kaspa, through yellow gate to parking lot]

    Fee: $10 adult, children free

    Please Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mt-tzouhalem-awareness-hike-tickets-27909447910

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 9, 2016
  • Celebrate Somenos Open House Day

    October 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Somenos Marsh Conservation Area, Duncan, BC V9L 3A5, Canada

    Celebrate Somenos is an annual event that invites the community to the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom and Boardwalk to learn about it’s unique ecosystems from local nature interpreters. Kids can get a Swamp Stampcard and enter to win an awesome native plant prize pack!

    Presenters @ the boardwalk include:
    Kai Rietzel, Cowichan Land Trust - invertebrates, salmon
    Todd Carnahan, Cowichan Estuary Nature Center - roving naturalist, native plants
    Raptors Centre - live birds of prey, question and answers
    Derrek Marven - birding on the boardwalk with a local birding legend
    Paul Fletcher, SMWS - History of Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society
    Maria Curtis - weaving activity for kids

    John Scull, Cowichan Valley Naturalists - Coastal Waterbird Survey at Hecate Park, Cowichan Bay

    Suggested donation: $5/family

October 11, 2016
  • Walk in the Woods with a First Nations Medicine Woman

    October 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Bright Angel Park

    Stroll through Bright Angel Park with Cowichan First Nations Medicine Women, Della Rice-Sylvester and gain a deeper understanding of wild medicinal and edible plants that grow in our local forests.

    Experience Nature:
    -Enjoy a 1.5 hour walk along trails that wind through the natural environment.
    -Walk across a suspension bridge across the Koksilah River.
    -In natures’ classroom meet plants where they live and start a relationship that will last a lifetime.

    Gain a deeper understanding:
    -Identify wild medicinal and edible plants.
    -Learn how different plants & herbs are used for food and healing.
    -Sample wild-crafted herbal remedies.

    Price: $20/ adult, children are free

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/walk-in-the-woods-with-a-first-nations-medicine-woman-tickets-27741358149

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 12, 2016
  • Cowichan Tribes History of Somenos Marsh

    October 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Somenos Marsh Conservation Area, Duncan, BC V9L 3A5, Canada

    Tour Somenos Marsh with Cowichan Tribes member Tim Kulchyski and learn the history and cultural significance of Somenos Marsh in regards to Cowichan Tribes and First Nations from the surrounding areas prior to European contact. The presentation includes a 1.5 hour walk at the Open Air Classroom and board-walk that meanders through Somenos Marsh. Tim will help you:
    -Learn the Hul’qumi’num’ names of the birds, plants, shrubs and trees of the marsh
    -Learn what plants and resources were traditionally harvested from the marsh
    -Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and traditional significance of the marsh
    -Understand the impact of development on traditional lands and the importance of preserving ecosystems such as Somenos Marsh

    Tim has worked with a variety of clients assessing upland, freshwater and marine ecosystems for 19 years. His work often involves examining the impacts of development on cultural values. Over the last number of years he has also participated in a number of programs to control invasive species in the watershed. Tim has travelled extensively studying the interaction between resource issues and cultural heritage. He is a Cowichan Tribes Band member and Lands & Fisheries Biologist. Over a five-year period Tim coordinated a major Hul’qumi’num’ language revitalization initiative in a collaborative partnership between the Hul’qumi’num’ speaking nation and the University of Victoria. He currently sits on the Cowichan Watershed board as a member at large helping to represent resource use and other watershed issues.

    Fee: $10 adult, children free

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cowichan-tribes-history-of-somenos-marsh-tickets-27909689633

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 14, 2016
  • Western Bluebirds Return to the Cowichan Valley: Five Years in Review and Looking Ahead

    October 14, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 am
    Freshwater Ecocentre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan BC

    Beginning in 2012 the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team undertook a project to reintroduce the Western Bluebird to the Cowichan Valley. After five years of hard work by GOERT, Cowichan Valley Naturalists, and other partners, the bluebirds are once again breeding and making a steady comeback in the Cowichan Valley. 2016 marks the end of the five year commitment by GOERT and the Cowichan Valley Naturalists will take over the lead on the project. Join us to learn about the Bluebird Project including history of the project, analysis of the past five years, and looking ahead at the future of these endangered birds.

    Presenters: Ryan Hetschko is a former bluebird staff, member of the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team and ongoing bluebird volunteer with the Cowichan Valley Naturalists.

    Genevieve Singleton, well known local nature interpreter, is the local coordinator for the Bring Back the Bluebird Project and liaison between Cowichan Valley Naturalists and Victoria-based Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team.

    FREE event

October 15, 2016
  • CANCELLED - Birdhouse Rehabilitation Day in Somenos Marsh

    October 15, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Somenos Marsh Conservation Area, Duncan, BC V9L 3A5, Canada

    Had to cancel due to weather!!!

    Volunteer teams will open, assess and clean the numerous swallow nest boxes that are still in good condition in the Somenos Marsh Conservation Area. Damaged houses will be repaired if possible, or removed for replacement next year. Stepladders and some small tools will be very helpful. We will provide dust masks and gloves.

    Meet at the Open Air Classroom where we will divide into teams.

    Please contact program coordinator if you have any questions or if you have a stepladder you can bring for the event. Elizabeth Bailey, 250-884-0749, c.e.p.bailey@gmail.com

  • Backyard Bird Feeding

    October 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Derrick’s backyard, 1887 Frances Street, off of Maple Bay Rd

    Derrick’s presentation will include:
    -What are good and bad feeders
    -The very best food to feed your birds and we will discuss shop bought bags of feed and other commercial offerings
    -Where to place feeders and seed and we will talk about cover around your feeding stations
    -What you can plant to also attract birds to your garden, trees, shrubs and flowers
    -Keeping your feeding stations and feeders clean
    -The different species of birds you can attract and what you want to see
    -A discussion about cats, squirrels, rats and any other would be predators

    Derrick Marven is a longtime member of the Cowichan Valley Naturalists and the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, He is a well-practiced birder in the Cowichan Valley and has been feeding birds for over 30 years. Derrick has a vast knowledge of all things birds and is also the leader, organizer and blogger for the weekly swan, geese and raptor counts that kick off in October with the arrival of the Trumpeter Swans.

    Fee: $5 adults, children free

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/backyard-bird-feeding-tickets-27911224223

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 16, 2016
  • Kids Little Big Birding Day

    October 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Freshwater Ecocentre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan BC

    A fun family outing that matches teams of kids and parents with experienced birders to count bird species and numbers at a specified location. The teams go out for just a few hours in the morning to identify and count and then return to the Fresh Water EcoCentre to tally the results. A young person from each team will present their 'list' and maybe the 'bird of the day' or other highlights. Prizes will be given for most birds, most species and a couple of other fun categories. There will be a Potluck following event.

    Nature Kids is an exciting nature discovery and environmental action program that invites young people ages 3-12 years and their families to discover nature in their own neighbourhoods, explore local ecosystems on explorer days, learn about native wildlife and plants in NatureWILD Magazine and take part in environmental actions to protect their habitat with the Action Awards program. The Tuesday Homelearners Club and Weekend Clubs meet monthly in the Cowichan Valley.

    The bird leaders:
    Linda Hill has been an enthusiastic amateur birder for almost as long as she has worked with children and youth (over thirty-five years). She is an active member of CVNS, a co-founder of the Cowichan Valley Young Naturalists Club (now NatureKids). Linda especially enjoys nature photography and connecting children and families to nature.

    *RSVP’s to Boleyn cowichanvalley@naturekidsbc.ca/250 217-0389

    Fee: $10/family

October 17, 2016
  • Cowichan's Best Kept Birding Secret

    October 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Chemainus Estuary, meet at the end of Swallowfield Road

    Join Ann Nightingale for an easy walk through a variety of Chemainus Estuary habitats, looking for fall migrants, resident species, and wintering waterfowl. Dress for weather, bring binoculars, camera, bag lunch and water.

    Ann Nightingale is a volunteer with Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the Victoria Natural History Society. She coordinates the Victoria Christmas Bird Count, and is a frequent field trip leader and public speaker on all things birdy.

    Fee: $15 adults, children free

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cowichans-best-kept-birding-secret-tickets-27911375676

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 18, 2016
  • Traditional Pi'kwun (BBQ) with Jared Williams

    October 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Quw’ utsun Cultural Centre, Riverwalk cafe

    Spend the afternoon with Jared “Qwustenuxun” Williams as he talks about the traditional cooking method known modernly as ”Salmon Barbeque,” or traditionally as Pi’kwun. Qwustenuxun will also showcase several of his traditionally harvested teas and talk about their importance and usage. Once the salmon is cooked all workshop participants will get to enjoy some of the freshly cooked salmon and sample some of the traditional teas.

    Qwustenuxun will discuss the following as it pertains to the Pi’kwun and the Salmon to First Nations People.
    -Finding the correct wood to be used for making a Pi’kwun and the importance of choosing the right wood to cook with.
    -How to prepare the salmon for Pi’kwun cooking.
    -A Brief demonstration of creating a Pi’kwun stick.
    -Historical significance of Salmon for First Nations People.
    -While the salmon is baking over the fire Jared will discuss the importance of traditional foods and medicines as they pertain to modern forms of wellness.

    Jared Qwustenuxun Williams spent his youth with his grandmother immersed in Cowichan culture. This immersion allowed Jared to become familiar with the many cooking methods and techniques used by the Quw’utsun Mustimuhw (Cowichan People). In 2001 Jared graduated from culinary arts and spent the next few years working in restaurants across Vancouver Island. After spending many years gaining western cooking experience Jared decided to move home to Quw’utsun (Cowichan); and blend his culinary experience with his Snuw’uy’ulh (traditional teachings). Having spent his life working with elders to learn the many traditional sulhtun (food) and slhexun (medicine) it came as no surprise when Jared became the kitchen manager at the Cowichan Elder’s Building with Cowichan Tribes. Jared also manages a traditional foods program called Aluxut (to harvest food, medicine, or knowledge) and works with Wilderness International as a traditional foods advisor.

    Fee: $20

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/traditional-pikwun-bbq-with-jared-williams-tickets-27911497039

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 19, 2016
  • A Walk in the Koksilah Ancient Trees

    October 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Koksilah, BC V9L, Canada

    Join Warrick Whitehead on a hike to the Koksilah Ancient Trees to see this incredible old growth forest with tall Douglas Firs, up to 800 years old. He will talk about the biology and history of the area and will also provide details of his dream to have the Koksilah Ancient Tree area made into a park. Expect to see birds and other wildlife on the trail to the trees. The hike is 5 kms total on a good but rough trail, wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, a snack and lunch and water. We'll have lunch down by the river. A hiking stick would also be a useful thing to have along.

    Warrick Whitehead is a volunteer ecological reserve warden, has sat on the Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee, led countless hikes, hiked many places worldwide, guided for Nootka Island and participated in trying to save many precious areas.

    Hikers coming from Duncan meet under the big hockey stick on the Island Savings Centre to carpool at 9am. South end hikers will meet Duncan hikers at Mason's Store in Shawinigan Lake between 9:20-9:30am. From there everyone can carpool together to the hiking location. Hikers can expect to be back in Duncan by 4pm.

    Fee: $10 adults, children free

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-walk-in-the-koksilah-ancient-trees-tickets-27911743777

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 20, 2016
  • Movie Night - Winged Migration

    October 20, 2016 @ 1:30 am - 3:30 am
    Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0, Canada

    From internet: This documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that's uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. Rather than concentrating on statistics and facts, the film near-wordlessly portrays the sheer physical effort demanded of the birds on their disparate routes. Along the way, we see the many dangers they face, from man-made waste to a group of hungry crabs.

    Entry by donation to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

October 22, 2016
  • Salish Sea Whales and Wildlife Zodiac Tour

    October 22, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching, Cowichan Bay

    Our three to four hour tours provide a snapshot of our incredibly diverse and dynamic Salish Sea Ecosystem. We depart at 1pm for an afternoon full of wildlife viewing, interprative education, and memory building experiences on the water. We are lucky enough to have two distinct ecotypes of killer whales in our waters. One population eats marine mammals, such as seals, sea lions, and porpoises. The other population, our Southern Resident Killer Whales, eat Chinook Salmon. We tend to see Orcas on the majority of our tours. This year has seen a return of Humpback Whales to our waters that is an historical high since the commercial whaling era. We also see a myriad of other species, including Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Dall's and Harbour Porpoise, Steller and California Sealions, and Pacific Harbour Seals. We also enjoy a rich diversity of shorebird and bird of prey species. In addition to a rich diversity of wildlife, we get to spend time with an incredible mixture of landscapes and backgrounds. Every tour is different for us, which is exactly how we like it!

    Simon Piddock, owner/captain, has spent his whole life on and around the ocean. He had his first boat at the age of four and grew up in a west coast wooden boat repair yard. Simon has guided over 4000 whale watching adventures and is considered one of the top captains in the whale watching industry. His passion for the ocean and everything that inhabits it shows from the minute you meet him, he truly loves what he does. You can be assured that Simon’s passion and enthusiasm will make your whale watching adventure unforgettable! His goal is to make sure that everyone on the tour has as much fun as he does being educated about the diverse marine ecosystem called the Salish Sea.

    Fee: $120 - a donation goes back to the SMWS

    To Register: Contact Ocean Ecoventures directly by calling 250-748-3800, or 1-866-748-5333, between 8am and 11pm seven days a week. Or by visiting their website: www.OceanEcoVentures.com.

October 23, 2016
  • CANCELLED - Cowichan Artisans who work with Nature tour

    October 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Pick up at Cowichan Visitor Information Centre 10am

    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to lack of registrations.

    We will be visiting 4 local artisans who specialize in capturing nature or who are using natural materials for their art. The tour will be in the Cheers van and will include a stop at the Averill Creek Vineyard where we can eat our picnic lunch. The tour leader will be Misha Koslovsky, a local art curator, critic and bon vivant who will add some spice to the days presentations. The artists are all excited for your visit and you can expect to be treated royally at each studio

    Artist studios:
    Cathi Jefferson- potter: Cathi creates exquisite salt-fired stoneware pottery. Surrounded by parkland and on the banks of the Cowichan River, her studio and gallery are open to the public and a must see if you are in the area and are interested in fine pottery. You will find finely crafted functional pottery as well as beautiful unique sculptural pieces, all inspired by the wonderful natural setting in which they were created.

    Ken Broadland- wood turner: Ken's main goal in turning wood is to present the wood's beauty in a useable form. His specialty is large salad bowls and servers, with a supporting cast of other creations such as cutting boards, kitchen implements, small bowls, coasters, lidded containers, and whatever else catches his interest. Designs are simple and practical. The wood Ken uses is salvaged from around the Cowichan Valley and he uses mostly trees that have been downed by the wind or felled for safety reasons. All of his products have non-toxic, food-friendly finishes.

    Jennifer Lawson- watercolourist: Jennifer Lawson's charming and timeless watercolours evoke memories of the warm tangle of English gardens, European antiquity, and the intoxicating florals and colours of India. Her work, reputation and continued successes have established her as a celebrated national and international artist since 1974. An optimist absorbed in the beauty around her, Jennifer's unique interpretation of nature allows you to enjoy its magnificence forever in your home. Jennifer’s gallery is in Cowichan’s oldest and most historic log house; framed by the river and the ocean. This lovely spot is situated on a bluff with Garry Oaks and wild spring flowers at the end of Cowichan Bay.

    John Lore- Live Edge Design: "I hope to share with you my fascination for the tree's beauty. I look with wonder on its longevity in withstanding natural disasters , living through historic moments, and continuing its presence in your home." Trees tell us their stories. Our job is to relate that story to our customers as beautifully as we can. Our vision brings the materials, artisans and customers together to collaborate and create the finest of functional art. By honoring the tree we hope to enrich those it touches on its journey through Live Edge and beyond. Everything is done onsite at our artisan workshop in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island. From start to finish, we aim for a seamless process. Come see for yourself.

    Cheers Cowichan Tours is member of the Cowichan Green Community and offers guided winery, craft brewery, and farm to table tours as well as transportation for special events. Customize a day trip for your group. Enjoy the vineyards and rolling farmland, stopping for exploration and farm fresh cuisine. Get home safe rides from any venue

    Fee: $25

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cowichan-artisans-who-work-with-nature-tour-tickets-27911950395

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

    *Please bring a bag lunch

October 28, 2016
  • Coho Salmon in the Somenos Basin - CWB Speaker Series

    October 28, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 am
    Cowichan Campus, VIU Lecture Hall

    Fish biologist Dave Preikshot will be the feature speaker at the Cowichan Watershed Board's monthly Speaker Series, a free series of public lectures on topics about the health and sustainability of the Cowichan Watershed and surrounding areas. This series is made possible thanks to the support of VIU-Cowichan Campus and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Dave will be addressing the Persistence of Coho Salmon in the Somenos Basin.

    Bio: Dr. Dave Preikshot is from Winnipeg Manitoba. He has a PhD in fisheries sciences and previously served as a naval officer. Dave has most recently worked as a fisheries scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Madrone Environmental services. While with Fisheries and Oceans Dave has helped conduct several research projects in the Strait of Georgia examining processes governing the populations of juvenile and adult Pacific Salmon. He has been a lead or co-researcher on projects conducted for the Strait of Georgia Ecosystem Research Initiative, the Pew Charitable Trusts, DFO’s Salmon and Fisheries Ecosystems Division, the Pacific Shellfish institute, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and The Pacific Fisheries Resources Conservation Council.

    FREE event

October 29, 2016
  • CANCELLED - Sip and Spot: Wine Tasting and Bird Spotting Tour

    October 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Pick up at Cowichan Visitor Information Centre

    Cancelled due to lack of registration.

    Our first stop is Averill Creek Vineyards located on the side of Mt Prevost overlooking the Somenos Watershed. Here will tour the fermentation and barrel rooms. The next stop is at Vinoteca Zanatta for one of their famous Chef Fatima lunches and a winetasting. After lunch we will carry on to visit Cherry Point Vineyards in Cobble Hill and Emandare Vineyards on Norcross road close to the Conservation Area. We will meet at Visitor Centre at Drinkwater and Hwy1 by BC Discovery Railroad. We can leave cars there. Depart 10:45, returning before 5pm.

    Cheers Cowichan Tours is member of the Cowichan Green Community and offers guided winery, craft brewery, and farm to table tours as well as transportation for special events. Customize a day trip for your group. Enjoy the vineyards and rolling farmland, stopping for exploration and farm fresh cuisine. Get home safe rides from any venue.

    Fee: $135

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sip-and-spot-wine-tasting-and-bird-spotting-tour-tickets-27912133944

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749

October 30, 2016
  • Cancelled - Hands-on Raptors Experience

    October 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Pacific Northwest Raptors, 1877 Herd Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5W4, Canada

    Cancelled due to lack of registrations.

    Get closer to some amazing predators at The Raptors. Meet owls, hawks, falcons and eagles up close, and learn about their roles in the ecosystem, their history with humans, and their incredible superpowers. These birds are some of the most amazing predators in the world, having them so close is a rare and inspiring opportunity to learn more about them and how you can help them. Take a tour of the Raptors with one of our raptor handlers, and learn about many different raptors and how they survive, as well as different ways to help protect them in their natural habitats. Spend some one-on-one time with a hawk or owl, and catch a thrilling flying demonstration.

    Fee: $65 - a generous donation from the fee goes back to SMWS.

    To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hands-on-raptors-experience-tickets-

    To register by phone please call: 250-884-0749