A variety of birds and wildlife will be easier to see from a new viewing platform. Photo courtesy Ginger and Dan Poleschook

New viewing platform to spot local and migratory birds and wildlife

Over the years, weeds and wildflowers took over most of the old parking lot at the Comox Bay Farm.

Luckily for the Comox Valley, Ducks Unlimited decided that it would make a great location for a viewing platform so that residents and visitors could safely stop and view local and migratory birds and wildlife that grace the fields.

Paul Usher, conservation programs specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), commented on the collectiveness of talents and enthusiasm in the Comox Valley.

“It is the very fabric of this community. Their spirit and selflessness is interwoven with a sense of fun and purpose. It’s truly awe-inspiring.”

Greg Sawchuck, also with Ducks Unlimited, wanted to thank his fellow local DUC chapter members along with Mark Villeneuve and the Courtenay Rotary Club for their enthusiastic turnout to rake, sweep, and generally clean up the site in preparation for the actual building of the platform and placing of the parking barriers.

Ken Grieve provided his tractor for the heavy mowing and lifting power for the parking lot log barriers. Kelly Clausen of Slegg Lumber is also a Rotarian, and his positive energy was obvious as he attacked any job given to him with passion and a sense of fun.

Don and Barry McQueen, tool belts armed, gave direction while they wielded hammers and drills amidst the flying sawdust.

The platform went up in record time with only a few finishing touches left before it’s ready for the public.

With a wheelchair ramp, safety railings and interpretive signs, it is truly a gift to the Comox Valley from all of these amazing men and women.

Join Ducks Unlimited Canada in thanking the following for their support and contributions: The Rotary Club of Courtenay, Slegg Building Materials, McQueen Construction Ltd., Hyland Precast, Chinook Forest Products Ltd., and the Comox Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

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