Learn how local agencies keep things wild at Campbell River wildlife symposium

This free event is open to everyone and is intended to be of interest to both professionals working in related fields, as well as the public

An upcoming symposium on wildlife will feature four expert speakers.

This free event is open to everyone and is intended to be of interest to both professionals working in related fields, as well as the public.

“I think there is a real interest from the public to learn about wildlife and wildlife management,” says organizer Jason Hutchinson, “and I wanted to provide a forum where this knowledge is shared not only to professionals, but to anyone who is interested.”

Hutchinson previously organized a similar symposium in Prince George that was attended by more than 200 people.

The presenters include Dave Donald, Terri Martin, Elke Wind and David Ewart.

Donald is an ecosystem biologist who will be presenting about species at risk management on the B.C. coast, highlighting marbled murrelet, northern goshawk, amphibians, grizzly bear and ungulates.

Martin is the environmental co-ordinator for the City of Campbell River.

Her presentation is entitled “Environmental development permits – Why all the red tape?”

Wind is a biologist who specializes in amphibians.

Her presentation is about the threats and management practices relating to amphibians on Vancouver Island.

Ewart is a watershed enhancement manager from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and he will be providing an update on the Quinsam River Fish Passage Project.

This symposium will be held at the Lecture Hall at North Island College/Timberline from 7-9 p.m. on May 24.