COMMUNITY NEWS

How Prepared are you for a Disaster? PreparedBC Survey

As part of PreparedBC, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is working to engage with stakeholders and the public to better understand what household and neighbourhood preparedness looks like across the province. This survey is an initial attempt for EMBC to create baseline data on preparedness and to better understand how they can tailor their resources to better meet the needs of British Columbians. Please click this article to be taken to the Prepared BC Survey Page at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc

Invasive Species

The RDMW is continuing our efforts to eradicate noxious plant species on the North Island and we are looking for your help! We currently rely on information provided by the Invasive Plant Species Program, which has created a free and public access mobile app called Report-a-Weed for iPhone and Android platforms as well as an online map application. If you would like to report the location of an invasive species in your community, and we encourage you to do so, please follow this link http://www.reportaweedbc.ca/ or click this item to be taken to the website. This webpage provides valuable information regarding the Report-a-Weed app as well as aids for identifying particular species. Alternatively you can download the Report-a-Weed app directly from the iTunes store or GooglePlay store.

The "BEAR" Essentials

It’s that time of year again in the Tri-Port region. The sun is out (sometimes) and the bears are waking up. Our black bears here on the North Island live in a very difficult environment with hunting pressures, logging, traffic accidents, natural selection, and other predators all affecting a single bear’s survival rate. But the most important species in this equation is us – those that live in the urban interface. Please click this link to be taken to information from Bryce Casavant, North Island Conservation Officer, on how to reduce bear and human conflicts in our communities.

Coming Soon - Bald Eagle Rescue Workshop

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) rescues almost 50 bald eagles per year and responds to twice as many phone calls about them, many of those calls coming from the North Island. MARS needs trained volunteers who can rescue the birds safely and help get them to their Wildlife Centre located South of Campbell River. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact MARS directly at 250-337-2021 or by email at info@wingtips.org. Dates for the Rescue Workshop will be announced. This workshop is sponsored by Western Forest Products. Please click this link to be taken to the MARS poster.
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