The Uplifters Shop is lifting up Kus-kus-sum and Project Watershed
My business partner, Mackenzie Gartside, and I selected your organisation because the site of the former Field’s Sawmill in the K’omoks Estuary is such a concrete eyesore in the heart of our community! We are so excited to be a small part of your legacy restoring it as a community gem for everyone to enjoy. Your vision of helping the wetlands can’t come soon enough. We feel the education and restoration behind the Kus-Kus-Sum project will be one of the best “community makeover” projects for future generations to benefit from
If you are looking for gifts and would like to support Kus-kus-sum at the same time visit their shop, located at 535 Cliffe Avenue. They are carrying our handmade pottery fish tags and our Keeping It Living gift cards. They are also putting together gift boxes called the Uplifters Shop Care Package. If you select Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum when you purchase one of these gift boxes, we will receive 20% of the total cost of the box. The hand painted boxes are filled with personally selected items and a handwritten card informing the recipient of the charitable givebacks included and that a donation was made in their honour.
They are also going to help us distribute the Keeping It Living art we give as a token of appreciation for donations to our Society. Since our offices are currently closed due to COVID, this is a big help to us. The Uplifters Shop is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
On Saturday, September 26, forty volunteers pitched in to collect garbage at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The photos and short video captured from the day illustrate just how industrious it was.
Project Watershed has raised over $2.9 million for Kus-kus-sum and they are closer than ever to acquiring and restoring the site to natural habitat for fish & wildlife, climate change mitigation, reconciliation and community health.
Project Watershed needs volunteers to help us harvest willow cuttings, and then plant them alongside sections of Mallard Creek.
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.
Nikki Wright from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Maria Cantazaro from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) visited our kelp research site at Oyster River and our saltmarsh projects. Maria is a researcher working for the PSF on a report looking at the importance of nearshore, habitat connectivity and estuarine habitat to Pacific salmon.
Join us on September 26th as we participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The cleanup will occur on the Kus-kus-sum property and the adjacent Hollyhock flats area. We will start at 10am and go til about noon.
The World Wildlife Fund has released a variety of resources for both professionals and citizen scientists researching forage fish. This includes a spawning survey guidance document, as well as QEP and Citizen Scientist sampling methodologies and data sheets.