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Mt Wash. drive, Marmot spotting, lunch, chair-ride

PCA - Vancouver Island Region

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Mount Washington, Courtenay, BC

Registration closed July 13, 2018 11:59 AM on July 13, 2018 11:59 AM PDT Registration ends July 13, 2018 11:59 AM on July 13, 2018 11:59 AM PDT Registration opens June 11, 2018 12:00 AM on June 11, 2018 12:00 AM PDT Registration runs from June 11, 2018 12:00 AM to July 13, 2018 11:59 AM

Comox Valley Cars & Coffee, Sat. July 14th, 10 a.m., Crown Isle Plaza, “Clinic” parking lot, across from Starbucks.  This will also include a scenic drive to Mount Washington Alpine Resort,  Marmot “spotting” walk, lead by Adam Taylor, Executive Director, Marmot Recovery Foundation, lunch in Eagle View Bistro, and a chairlift ride, at a group rate, $15 +GST

For those of you who don’t know much our very special V.I. Marmot, I have included the info below from the Marmot Recovery Foundation....

With less than 200 in the wild, the Vancouver Island Marmot is one of the world’s rarest mammals. Despite their small population, the future is looking better for the marmot. In the early 2000’s, fewer than 30 wild marmots remained, but through recovery efforts, the population is rebounding. The centerpiece of these efforts is a captive-breeding program. A purpose-built facility was built in 2002 at Mt Washington, the Tony Barrett Mt Washington Marmot Recovery Centre, to breed marmots.  The Calgary and Toronto Zoos also breed Vancouver Island Marmots, which are transitioned through the Recovery Centre before their release to the wild. Today, in addition to Mt Washington, colonies of marmots can be found in the Nanaimo Lakes area and in Strathcona Provincial Park.

When recovery efforts began, the small colony of wild Vancouver Island Marmots at Mt Washington was showing signs of inbreeding and isolation, but had managed to persist while many others winked out. Today, the colony is thriving, and ski hill is playing an important role in recovering more remote colonies as well. In addition to housing the Marmot Recovery Centre, researchers found that releasing marmots to the established ski hill colony for one year helped them learn how to survive. The following year, these “pre-conditioned” marmots are moved into Strathcona Provincial Park, where they have helped re-establish a population of marmots in the Park that had completely disappeared. 




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