During the 2020 KCP Virtual Fall Gathering, participants were asked to participate in an interactive exercise by submitting up to 8 key words in response to the question “What challenges and uncertainties are you facing in your conservation work?” Above is the resulting word cloud that was created.
The organizing theme for the 2020 Fall Gathering was “Conservation in a Time of Uncertainty: Adapting to Challenges”.
2020 has been a time of great uncertainty. Organizations and individuals have been required to adapt to new and changing circumstances. Thus, adaptation was the focus of KCP’s 2020 Fall Gathering, both in the context of COVID-19 but also in the context of conservation and ecosystems.
To exercise an abundance of caution in consideration of the uncertainty around the impacts and threats of the COVID-19 virus, KCP hosted the 2020 Fall Gathering using a hybrid approach, offering both a virtual event and in-person localized field tours with a limited number of people.
For Day 1 of the Fall Gathering, a Virtual Conference and AGM took place on October 2 using the Zoom platform. More than 45 people joined from across the Kootenays (and Sweden!) to watch excellent presentations by our 4 guest speakers on a range of topics related to this year’s theme (see links to the recordings below), and participate in interactive “Conservation Cafe” discussions based on the same topics.
For Day 2, KCP coordinated localized tours at 4 different sites across the Kootenays, each in a different “Conservation Neighbourhood”: Kootenay Lake (Fish/Bear Lakes), Creston Valley (Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands), Columbia Valley (Galena Creek), and Elk Valley (Morrissey Meadows). Photo coverage of all 4 tours can be found below.
The hybrid approach exceeded our expectations and we extend our thanks to everyone who participated!