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Cumberland Wetlands Working Group – Volunteers needed!

Cumberland is surrounded by wetlands. They play an important role in the ecology of the Comox Valley, hosting a huge number of birds and aquatic creatures as well as providing a beautiful place for a stroll in every season of the year. The wetlands are changing. The last few years have seen the wetlands partially drying up in the summer, and although the drought is partially responsible, there’s a lot we don’t yet understand about how our wetlands work. The village of Cumberland is sponsoring a project to gather water level data in the wetlands. A series of staff gauges that look like giant rulers has been installed in key areas of the wetlands and we need volunteers to read the gauges. It takes about 20 minutes to read all six gauges, the reading can be done from dry land, and minimal training is required. Your commitment can range anywhere from being available as a backup gauge reader to committing to a month or more of weekly readings. The gauges have to be read regardless of the weather, so here is an opportunity experience the extraordinary beauty of Cumberland wetlands throughout the seasons. If you would like to be part of the Cumberland Wetlands Working Group, learn more about our wetlands and do your part to help protect and enhance our wetlands, please contact Steve Morgan at 250 465 4966 or stevemorgan42@gmail.com.

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