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General News · 24th March 2019
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WILDLIFE CONFERENCE
April 12, 13 & 14, 2019
Linnaea Education Center; hosted by Friends of Cortes Island Society (FOCI)

This is an initial callout to mark your calendars and stay tuned to Tideline for the upcoming speaker series and daily schedules as we get closer to the dates.

Dr. Cole Burton, Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Forestry and a Canada Research Chair in terrestrial mammal conservation, will be our keynote speaker.
Cole leads the Wildlife Coexistence Lab (WildCo) at UBC and the lab’s work is… “focused on doing science that can support coexistence between human society and these species that require large areas of habitat and low disturbance.”
Check out WildCo at www.wildlife.forestry.ubc.ca

In 2009 FOCI established the Cortes Community Wolf Project, in response to increased interactions between Cortes wolves and the Cortes community. In collaboration with the Conservation Officer Service and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, FOCI wrote Learning to Live With Wolves on Cortes Island, a 5-point primer instructing Islanders in how to proactively reduce conflict with our local wolves. Laminated copies of the primer are posted throughout the community year round.

In 2011 FOCI hosted… Listening & Dialogue I: Wildlife-Human Interactions, a workshop to introduce the Cortes community to the extended community of professional expertise we had reached out to, in working towards wildlife coexistence.

Eight years later, we are bringing the Cortes community together again – to listen & dialogue on wildlife coexistence.
Black bear are swimming across to Cortes more regularly so we need some bear “smarts”, new residents and their pets are arriving from places where they did not share the land with large WILDlife and our community activities continue to expand into our shared Cortes landscape.

Join us for an exciting and informative weekend. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
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