October 2018

October 4th 
WildWings Festival Launch & Art Show

 6pm – 10pm

Just Jakes restaurant

The annual WWNAF Festival launch party is the official kick off to a month of events, activities, hands-on experiences and outdoor learning adventures in the Cowichan Valley as well as the opening reception for the WildWings Art Exhibition;  a collection of nature art for sale by Vancouver Island artists. Join us at Just Jakes Restaurant for an evening of original art with a first option to buy, gourmet bites, a tasting of WildWings ale and great Jazz music.


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October 6th 
Go Batty With The Hooters!

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Somenos Oaks Protected Area.

Can BC bats suck your blood? Find out with WildSafeBC’s conservation biologist Todd Carnahan at Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area. We’ll use the new Echometer Touch 2 listening device to hear and identify several species of bats remotely. We will also whistle for owls to see if they hoot back, and identify the several owl species in the region. — Head northbound on Lakes Rd > left on Trillium Terrace > left on York Rd.


To register, email – communications@somenosmarsh.com

October 10th
Paint Night!

 7pm – 8:30pm

Join us at Just Jakes (45 Craig St Duncan) and help us celebrate the return of Trumpeter Swans! Put your artist hat on, and enjoy the WildWings loft and a painting class.  All art supplies are provided including an apron. You get to come home with your creation, and have a great time while supporting SMWS in the work we do.


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October 13th
A Walk in the Koksilah Ancient Trees

October 13, 9am – 4pm

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.  Meet at 9:30am at the Community Centre outside of the Duncan library to arrange a car pool and for south enders, meet at 10am at Masons Store (1885 Renfrew, Shawnigan Lake).

$10- Children FREE

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October 14th
Coastal Waterbird Count

11am – 12pm

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Meet us for about an hour of identifying and counting coastal water birds.  This is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, enjoy the estuary, and socialize.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them.  1845 Cowichan Bay Rd. 


October 15th
Green Drinks

5pm – 7pm

Located at the Brew Pub.

Cowichan Valley Green Drinks is a monthly event for socializing and professional networking with people involved in the environmental field. Green Drinks happens in cities all over the world. We are pleased to be able to host this event right here in the valley! Come find out who will give a short presentation this month from our Green Community and mingle. 25 Craig St.


October 16th
The Man and the Vultures


The Fish Health Building.

Birder Dave Manning became hooked on vultures after stumbling upon a Turkey Vulture chick peeking from its nest cave.  Hosted by the Cowichan Valley Naturalists Society, his talk will include the three Vultures of North America, with a special emphasis on a Turkey Vulture nest site on Pender Island that was observed from mating to migration. His book “The Old Man and the Vultures” will also be available for viewing and signing on  – small donations gratefully accepted – all ages welcome! 1080 Wharncliffe Rd.


October 17th
Traditional Paths and Future Ways

4 pm – 6 pm

Ye’yemnuts Sacred Site.

Speaker and Quw’utsun’ cultural consultant Harold Joe has been working as an educator for many years, he shares his knowledge widely with the scientific and local community.  For many years he has been the monitor and guardian in archeological sites, assisting archeologists with cultural protocols, honour respect and sharing history and traditional knowledge.  Join us as he talks about the history of Ye’yumnuts and how it became protected area. Head northbound on Lakes Rd – left on Trillium Terrace- left on York Rd.

       By donation.

October 18
Traditional Pi'kwun (Salmon BBQ) with Jared Williams

10am – 12pm

Tl’ulpalus Beach. Spend the morning 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. Please bring a lawn chair and dress warmly! This event takes place at Tl’ulpalus beach just past the Oceanfront Suites at 1681 Cowichan Bay Rd. Turn left at the Dream Weaver B&B at 1682 Botwood Lane and follow to the beach.  

Bring some change for Fry bread!


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October 23d

 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Did you know we had 5 species of pacific salmon in the Somenos watershed? This ecosystem is rich with biodiversity and yet suffers from various barriers to its health.  Join biologist Dr. Dave Preikshot who has been studying and monitoring fish health in the valley for years at this meaningful and interesting wild fins event! 1845 Cowichan Bay Rd.

By donation.

                         October 27th 
Paint Night!

 7 pm- 8:30 pm

Coffee on the Moon.

Join us at Coffee on the Moon and help us celebrate the return of Trumpeter Swans! Put your artist hat on, and enjoy painting a beautiful scene of the rising moon.  All art supplies are provided including an apron. You get to come home with your creation, and have a great time while supporting SMWS in the work we do.


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October 25th
Bringing Back the Bluebirds in the Cowichan Watershed


Vancouver Island University Lecture room. Come learn about an amazing local effort to rebuild western bluebird populations –one of the region’s most beautiful feathered friends. This speaker’s event is presented by staff and volunteers of the Cowichan Land Trust’s bluebird project. A Somenos Marsh WildWings event, co-hosted by Cowichan Watershed Board and VIU-Cowichan. 2011 University Way


October 28th 
Native Biodiversity Hedgerow Planting 

 9am – 1pm

Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom.  Do you like to get your hands dirty? Do you want to learn more about native plants and the benefits they provide? If yes, then you should come to this event! During our break, come listen to an expert birder who will come and share his knowledge on Somenos birds including the Trumpeter Swans! Treats and coffee are on us. 6043 Trans-Canada Highway

                      October 28th
Marshcarades Fundraiser- Beer and Burger
costume Party

6pm – 10pm

The Ramada.

Dress up in a local nature theme to celebrate adult Halloween at this Beer and Burger marsherade organised by Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. Get creative with a costume (no masks please) that represents our Cowichan Valley habitat. This event includes a silent auction, costume prises and excellent music! Great event to let loose on the last Sunday before Halloween! 140 Trans-Canada Hwy-


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October 30th
Cowichan Ethnobotany with Dr. Nancy Turner
and Cowichan Elder Luschiim (Dr. Arvid Charlie)  

 6:30 pm- 8 pm

Vancouver Island University Lecture Hall

Come join us at this one in a lifetime event where Dr Nancy J Turner and Elder Luschiim (Dr. Arvid Charlie) give an important talk about Cowichan Valley’s Ethnobotany.  This event showcases important knowledge on the plants in this region and their historical use by Cowichan and surrounding tribes. 2011 University Way


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