Friends of the Lardeau River Speaker Series Dec. 6th


Are you curious about bats, the important role bats play in keeping ecosystems healthy, the increasing threats bats are facing across the continent? Friends of the Lardeau River is delighted that DR. CORI L. LAUSEN will be our December Speaker Series presenter.




Preparing B.C. Bats For The Arrival Of White Nose Syndrome: A Comprehensive Conservation Approach.


Cori L. Lausen, 
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada,
PO Box 606, Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
Phone: 250-353-8204


As the primary consumers of night-time insects, including forest and agricultural pests, bats play an important role in keeping ecosystems healthy. Bats face increasing threats with unprecedented declines across the continent. Most urgent is white-nose syndrome (WNS), an invasive and deadly fungal disease that has killed millions of bats since its discovery in 2006 in New York State. It has subsequently spread across eastern North America into 7 provinces, as far west as Manitoba. In 2016 it made an unexpected leap to Washington State, and now threatens B.C. bats. Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCSC) is dedicated to bat conservation in western Canada, and our comprehensive program addresses 3 levels of preparation for the arrival of this disease: obtaining baseline data, assessing risk, and developing and evaluating mitigation tools.

Baseline data are needed to determine current diversity, range and abundance information prior to the arrival of the disease. Such data include locating where bats hibernate in winter, the season during which bats succumb to WNS (WCSC’s program), and monitoring various habitats across the province to determine what species are found where and in what relative abundance so that impacts of the disease can be measured (North American Bat Monitoring program). Baseline data will also inform future recovery strategies, which is critical for this group of mammals for which very basic ecological information is still lacking.

WNS is unlikely to affect all western bat species equally. While the extreme negative impact of WNS on many eastern bats has been documented, in B.C. we are uncertain which species are most vulnerable to the disease and would thus be most in need of limited resources. B.C. has approximately 16 species of bats, more than double the number found in eastern Canada. How most of these species will fare in the face of WNS, is not yet known. As such, through international collaborations, we are developing survivorship models that predict which bat species are likely to experience the highest mortality rates from WNS, taking into consideration latitude, winter length, hibernation conditions, and bat physiology.

Concurrent to the above activities, WCSC has teamed up with Thompson Rivers University, McMaster University, UBC Okanagan, the BC provincial government, and BC Wildlife Park to develop, test and eventually implement a new potential prophylaxis application for reducing the severity and spread of WNS. This is through development of a naturally occurring probiotic that can positively alter the wing microbiome of bats to more effectively fight off WNS infection. A prototype probiotic cocktail has been developed that contains bacteria found on some B.C. bats that inhibit the growth of the WNS fungus. This approach is potentially self-propagating, can be delivered in summer, and is more realistic than any other proposed WNS treatments for western bats to date. And there are other mitigation strategies including the promotion of habitat enhancement using such artificial structures such as bat boxes. One of our up-and-coming projects includes an assessment of bat boxes across North America to determine if bat reproduction is enhanced or hindered by these structures; the field work for this project will focus largely in the West Kootenay.

I will provide an overview of our bat conservation activities in the Columbia Basin in the context of our larger western Canada program.

Biographical notes:

Dr. Cori Lausen lives in Kaslo, and is a conservation research biologist. After completing her PhD in bat ecology, she worked as an independent bat biologist. During this time she initiated several research projects, setting the foundation for a western Canada bat conservation program which she continues to develop and expand as a full time associate research scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. She sits on a number of bat conservation committees including the North American Bat Conservation Alliance and played a key role in developing and implementing the North American Bat Monitoring Program. This presentation provides an overview of this larger bat conservation program and describes WCS Canada’s activities in the Columbia Basin in particular.


Kids wildlife art can win!

Good morning,

We are emailing today about BCCF’s first provincial Student Wildlife Art Contest. Do you or someone you know have children in grades K-12?

BC students in grades K-12 can enter their wildlife paintings or drawings for a chance to win a prize valued at $100 and have their work featured on the BCCF website! 3 winners from each of our 4 individual age categories will be chosen for a total of 12 winners.

Contest details can be found at:

WoW, residential,commercial, garbage and recycle pickups!

Kootenay Waste Services ltd


We’ve started our bi-weekly service north of Schroeder Creek all the way to LARDEAU and MEADOW CREEK!

Residential / commercial, garbage and recycle pickups!

Want on our route? Msg us here, call 250-353-2080 or visit

Since we, Kootenay Waste Services, will be servicing the Lardeau Valley now, we’d like to share some info.

• As of now, biweekly curbside garbage/recycle pickup is our only option as our dumpsters are on back order and have been for the last 6 months. Future plans for other systems can be worked out at a later date once we get our dumpster order in. ie) having a dumpster at a central location and use our bag tag system.

• October 26 is our next pickup date for Lardeau Valley and Jon will be dropping off info and survey sheets (complete list of services included) at the Meadow Creek store, Cooper Creek store and bulletin boards.

Residents can call or email to get on our route.
Cost: rates are from $14/month plus $1.80 per bag


Commercial/Residential Garbage & Recycling

CBT Energy Grants for Community Buildings



Columbia Basin Trust supports renewable, alternative energy generation

(Columbia Basin) – From town halls to seniors’ centres, community purpose buildings are well-used gathering places that can use a lot of electricity and be costly to operate. The new Energy Sustainability Grant from Columbia Basin Trust can help these buildings generate energy, increase energy efficiency and sustainability, and reduce energy costs.

“Basin residents told us that alternative and renewable energy are important to them,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve already supported a fewsuccessful projects in the region and we have now created the Energy Sustainability Grants program to support even more. The goal is to support community efforts to generate energy, while reducing energy costs, saving money and becoming more environmentally and economically sustainable.”

The program provides funding for community buildings that will generate their own energy using alternative and renewable methods such as installing solar panels, biomass energy boilers or wind turbines. There’s additional support for energy conservation and efficiency efforts, such as upgrading lighting, insulation or the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The buildings must be actively used by the general public and owned by a non-profit organization, local government or First Nation.

Depending on the project scope, available support ranges from 50 to 75 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum grant of $100,000 per category. Funding is also available to help install level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. There is $900,000 available for this first intake which closes January 7, 2019. Learn more at

This program is one of the ways the Trust is helping communities conserve energy and generate renewable and alternative energy—one of our strategic priorities. The Trust has also supported the East Kootenay community energy manager and community energy diets, as well as an electric vehicle charging network across the Basin ( In addition, the Trust has helped improve energy efficiency and sustainability in 47 affordable housing buildings in the Basin.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.


Emily Gilmar Columbia Basin Trust 1.800.505.8998

Friends of the Lardeau Valley Speaker Series

Michael Proctor 1200px Nov 6th Poster

Friends of the Lardeau River is thrilled that Dr. Michael Proctor will be our November Speaker Series presenter.

Tuesday November 6, 7PM at the Argenta Hall.

The Cooperation and Science Fix for Grizzly Bear Conservation Issues.

We have been researching conservation issues and implementing a comprehensive program to reduce human bear conflicts for over a decade in the trans-border region of southern Canada and NW USA across several small fragmented threatened populations. We found conflicts significantly contributed to their threatened status by causing population declines, fragmentation, and decreased habitat effectiveness. Monitoring has found clear evidence that our efforts to reduce conflicts have resulted in reduced mortality, increased connectivity, and improved habitat effectiveness resulting in increased reproduction and survival and improved conservation status. Our program includes strategic private land purchases to reduce human densities in wildlife corridors, efforts to secure bear attractants where human settlement and agriculture exists, and non-lethal management of conflict bears and more. Attractant management includes cost-share electric fencing and other techniques, bear resistant garbage containers, and deadstock containment. We teach bear safety courses and bear spray training to increase tolerance and give people tools to avoid dangerous encounters with bears. We radio collared and used non-lethal management on potential conflict bears and have a ~85% success rate on females. We identified the most important backcountry foraging habitats for protection with motorized access controls to reduce conflicts and mortality and provide habitat security to reproductive females. The composite effects of working across these arenas has resulted in a significant reduction in human-caused mortality and increased connectivity, habitat effectiveness, and reproduction resulting in an improved conservations status of several now-recovering threatened populations. Several challenges remain including a plethora of offspring from females living adjacent to agricultural areas. We discuss strategies to incorporate a vision for success into conflict reduction programs. What to do with all the bears?