Earth Day 2022 with Project Watershed
Volunteers are needed to staff information booths at Mark Isfeld’s environmental fair and at the Comox Earth Day event. Volunteers will be paired up with Project Watershed staff or board members and asked to help distribute information about Project Watershed, the estuary and Kus-kus-sum.
If you are looking to get your hands dirty we need volunteers to help plant and maintain native species at the Courtenay Airpark. In addition to planting, we will be mulching, weeding and watering past and present plantings. As rabbit herbivory greatly impacts the plants at the Airpark we will be building cages to protect the plantings.
We are also looking for volunteers to help spread mulch and compost on the Kus-kus-sum site. These two activities will happen concurrently and volunteers may be asked to assist at either location depending on workload.
All volunteers who participate in our April/May opportunities will be entered in a draw for one of three $25 Peninsula COOP gift cards.
Times and locations for our Earth Week volunteer opportunities are listed on this page. To sign up for one or more timeslots click on the Volunteer heart link below.
Earth Week Planting and Maintenence
Earth Day Information Booths
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.