For over 30 years, Wildsight has been recognized as a leader in large-scale conservation, sustainable community initiatives and environmental education. We work to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and Southern Rocky Mountain region. This area is internationally recognized as a keystone to conservation in western North America and is home to:
• The southern herd of endangered mountain caribou;
• A full-suite of carnivores and ungulates, including grizzly bears, wolverine, lynx, cougar, Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep and mountain goats, among others;
• The Columbia Wetlands, North America’s longest intact wetland;
• The Rocky Mountain trench;
• And the majestic peaks of the Columbia and Rocky Mountains.
Based in the upper Columbia Valley, the Wildsight Invermere “envisions a community where people value and protect wild spaces and embrace our interconnection with nature”. Our primarily volunteer run non-profit organization reaches out to visitors and locals alike “to inspire action and lead the way in conserving wild spaces and improving our relationship with nature” by hosting community events including film festivals, public outreach booths, and participating in a variety of local festivals. We seek to connect our community with the Columbia Valley’s rich biodiversity through:
• Fostering community engagement;
• Showcasing places of ecological interest;
• Facilitating outdoor experiences.
Check out www.wildsight.ca/invermere for more information and upcoming events!
Non-Profit Type and StatusRegistered charitable society in British Columbia. Each branch is an independent society.
Highlights of Recent Accomplishments
Some Wildsight Invermere’s notable accomplishments include:
• Initiating the Lake Windermere Project in 2005, now run by the Lake Windermere Ambassadors;
• Playing a key role in establishing the District of Invermere as pesticide-free in 2009;
• Receiving the Circle of Distinction award from the Canadian Cancer Society for our participation and success with the Pesticide Free Columbia;
• Organizing a 2012 community forum on the links between conservation, economics and wellbeing, called Finding Balance;
• Initiating the Columbia Valley Recreation Advisory Council;
• Bringing notable speakers to Invermere in 2012/13, including David Suzuki, Bhutanese government representative Dasho Kinley Dorje, and National Geographic Explorer in residence, Wade Davis;
• Leading Wild Nature Tours, a series of guided hikes unique to the Columbia Valley, in 2013-2014;
• Hosting the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, beginning in 2014, as a successful fundraiser and community engagement initiative;
• Undertaking the Lake Enid Restoration Project comprising trail rehabilitation, grassland restoration, construction of a boardwalk over sensitive habitat, nature walks and installation of interpretive signs;
• Supporting and participating in Wildsight Regional’s Jumbo Wild campaign.
Suggested Contribution AmountsLifetime membership is $20
Additional Benefits Available from Contributing
Members, volunteers and other supporters can participate in local initiatives, learn about critical issues affecting our region, take part in community events, volunteer for leadership positions, and receive the quarterly newsletter, The Wild Times.