Earth Week Watershed Walk, K’ómoks Estuary to Kus-kus-sum
Walking down to the Estuary by Crystal Norman
Map of Location
Park Cafe – 102 20th St, Courtenay, BC V9N 2B5
Date and Time
10:00am to 12:00 noon
Courtenay Airpark, meeting at the Mansfield Drive Parking Lot next to the Rotary Skypark.
Come walk with us for Earth Day and learn about the wonders of shoreline habitats. Project Watershed’s own Jay Baker-French and Caila Holbrook will lead the way, discussing how these waterside environments support fish and wildlife, mitigate the effects of climate change and make life on Earth so amazing! They will also point out important cultural and ecological sights along the way including the thousands of remnants of Ancient Fish Traps that still exist in the K’ómoks Estuary. Both Caila and Jay have Masters in Environmental Conservation and have intimate experience working with Comox Valley ecosystems.
We will meet at Mansfied Drive Parking Lot, visit the mudflats of the K’ómoks Estuary and stroll along the Riverway walk and then cross the 17th Street Bridge to the Kus-kus-sum site. Please bring gumboots, dress for the weather and carry a water bottle. This is a free event, however, donations will be accepted and appreciated!
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.