Category Archives: Workshop

Wild Birds in Your Garden

Become a Wingnut – an invitation from Brian Wesley to care for the Wild Birds in Your Garden
Info Session – Dec. 3, 2022
Brian WesleyBrian WesleyBrian WesleyBrian Wesley shared numerous tips and answered questions on how to care for Wild Birds. Turkey, squirrel, bear and magpie problems were discussed with excellent input from Brian and from the attendees who had many personal experiences to share.
The session wrapped with a discussion on volunteering for the Christmas bird count, using Cornell as an expert source and concern over the diminished number of songbirds seen locally over the past two years. The group discussed the impact of the 2021 heat bloom on the birds and will keep their eyes out to see how we are doing through the coming winter. To participate in future bird counts contact: Brian Wesley bjwesley at yahoo.com.

I learned a lot at this session. I didn’t know my Junco didn’t go south but instead he just moves into a new local home for the winter.” – Carole P
I have been spending a lot of money on fancy food that makes a mess for me to clean up. Thanks for educating me on a simpler way.” – Barbara T
Excellent workshop, both Curtis and I enjoyed it and learned a lot. We will definitely be watching for Wings Over the Rockies Come Spring.” – Thea W
Great tips on avoiding unwanted wildlife when you are feeding birds.” – Jim


Birds In My Garden – attracting and caring for wild birds to increase biodiversity and make your garden healthier
Brian Wesley, one of the top birders in our valley, whose Wings Over the Rockies bird walks are always the first to be SOLD OUT, will share ideas on how to best manage the bird life in your garden. Learn more about how to feed birds without attracting other wildlife (bears and turkeys) you don’t want.

Bird feeder
Would you like to look out your window and see this? A photo from Brian’s Window…

LEARN HOW: Different bird feeders have different uses and what to put in them to attract a variety of birds. Know and understand more about the diversity of the wild birds in the valley who are looking for a nice, safe, home for the winter. Learn how your garden flower seeds can come into play.
Gain a new appreciation for the value birds bring to your garden, not only through their song but also through their actions.
Location: Pynelogs
Date: Saturday, 2022 Dec 3
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Cost: Members $20. Non members $25. Young people over 10 are welcome to attend if they love nature and are interested in taking on the task of being responsible for the birds in their backyard.

Brian WesleyFacilitator:
Brian Wesley, a local birding enthusiast, has been a resident of the valley for the past 10 years. Brian has participated in numerous birding studies: British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas, Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas, Wildlife Canada Services Lewis’ Woodpecker Studies and the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey. He remains an active birder, completing annual Birds Canada Nightjar Survey, BC and Yukon Owl Survey and Wildlife Canada Services North American Breeding Bird Survey. He is a member of the Wings Over the Rockies Board.. His extensive knowledge of the environment opens up discussion far beyond birds. His walks take in everything from history and geology, to wildlife of all kinds. His interesting anecdotes help the information stick. His introduction to the sounds around you is both amazing and helpful. Brian’s low key leadership style makes participation comfortable for newcomers and experienced nature seekers alike.

Guilt Free Treats for the Holiday Season

Guilt Free Treats Noël for the Holiday Season

How you will find time for holiday baking? Wanting delicious treats that add to your family’s health?
At this workshop Groundswell wants you to use good things from the garden while you enjoy lots of laughs as you measure and mix:

  • Snowball Mini Carrot Bites
  • Chewy Chocolate Kisses
  • Peanut butter Reindeer Tracks
  • Holiday Surprise

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holiday treats

You will go home with the work all done and 3.5 dozen fresh, nutritious (shhhh don’t tell anyone) treats that will stay tasty right through the holidays.
Date: Nov 29
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: 734 – 9th St
Cost: $50 Members, $55 Non-members – this includes refreshments and an assortment of 3 dozen take home treats, plus a bag of Savory Samplers.

Facilitator: Heather Fischbuch, nutritionist, herbalist, owner of Flourishing Health, and great cook.

“The event was smooth and so relaxing to participate in it was especially terrific to I come home with my holiday treats already to share in lovely tins made with the finest of ingredients. Barbara and Heather worked hard to provide such a great nutritional experience.” – Shelley Shoemaker

“Thank you for a lovely, entertaining, informative, delicious evening. I look forward to more events hosted by Groundwell.” – Myra Abstreiter

Dahlia (Tuber Tango) Workshop Update

Jessie King facilitated a hands on workshop on how to cut and save your Dahlia tubers. It was fun and fascinating – a few deaths occurred as we learned to find ‘eyes’ and cut up the right bits. We all walked away with new kinds of dahlias for next spring. Now we just need to get them safely through the winter.

Watch for the Dahlia workshop in Feb on how to pot and start the tubers. We’ll have some for you to get in the dance even if you didn’t join in this fall.
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See Tuber Tango event page ➤
This is an informal and practical discussion on Dahlia’s – the most beautiful and diverse of autumns flowers. Come learn how to grow them, save and store tubers, share some and get some new ones for your next spring’s planting. Learn from dahlia lovers and share some thoughts of your own.

Jessie Caza (King) and Pat Roome and their dance partners will teach you all about dividing tubers to increase your quantities, storing your dahlias over winter, and starting them in the spring.

Arrive empty handed or dig up your own dahlia tubers and bring them along (you may have friends with dahlias who just let them freeze in their gardens and die – they’d be happy to give them to you if you asked to save them).  You’ll learn how to identify the parts of the dahlias, how to cut them, label them, how to let them cure and then store them over winter.

This session includes swapping/giving of tubers & tango’ing (socializing) – please bring an image of your dahlia(s) in bloom to show others. Participants who arrived without dahlias may be able to buy tubers from other gardeners.

Date: October 18, 2022 DATE CHANGE to Nov 8

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Location: Pynelogs Cultural Centre – 1720 4th Ave, Invermere

Cost: Includes wine and nibblies.  Members Price: $15.00/person; Non Member – $20.00

Seating is Limited
Brought to you by Groundswell and Home Hardware.

Culinary & Medicinal Benefits of Herbs – 2 Part Program

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Culinary & Medicinal Benefits of Herbs – 2 Part Program

Dates: Fresh Herbs Wed. Aug 24 — Dried Herbs Wed. Aug 31
Correction Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Facilitator: Heather Fischbuch, Herbalist
Cost: One Session: members: $50, non members $55
Two Sessions: members $90 non members $100
For more info and to Register contact us at: events@groundswellnetwork.ca