West Kootenay – May 3
The West Kootenay Spring Tour took place on Thursday, May 3 with the West Kootenay Stewardship Committee meeting occurring in the morning at the Balfour Hall and the afternoon field tour discussing Landowner Outreach activities in the Balfour Area. Avery Deboer-Smith discussed the water monitoring and osprey monitoring programs of Friends of Kootenay Lake and demonstrated the use of equipment. Marlene Machmer discussed Great Blue Heron conservation and threats, including human disturbance, logging, and dogs off leash. Finally, Jason Rae of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada showed a bat roost in a local bat house and discussed current research on bat houses in the Kootenay Lake area.