Cowichan Tribes History and a Western Bluebird Talk this Week

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Another full week of festival activities is upon us. Today WildWings event-goers were treated to a wild  plant walk with Medicine Woman Della Rice-Sylvester. A wonderful activity for a stunning fall day!

untitled-7024Wednesday morning we will meet at the Somenos Open Air Classroom for a guided walk with Tim Kulchyski, Land and Fisheries Biologist with Cowichan Tribes, to learn about pre-European contact history of the Somenos Marsh. The walk will last from 10am-11:30am and reports are that the weather will hold for us until tomorrow evening.  Some of the things you can expect to learn about are:

  • the Hul’qumi’num’ names of the birds, plants, shrubs and trees of the marsh
  • 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

Registration is $10 for adults, free for children and can be made by calling Elizabeth at 250-884-0749 or visiting:

bluebirds-bhetschko-9407Thursday evening is the night to learn all about the Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project from the Cowichan Valley Naturalists who are taking over the project. Presenters Genevieve Singleton and Ryan Hetschko will be talking about the history of the project, analysis of the past five years, and looking ahead at the future of these endangered birds. This is a FREE EVENT and will be held at the Freshwater Ecocentre on Wharncliffe Rd in Duncan from 7-9pm. No registration required.