Ban Hunting in the Cowichan Bay Estuary.

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The Cowichan River Estuary is an a 400 hectare estuarine ecosystem and internationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA) in the unceded and traditional territory of the Quw’utsun people.The estuary hosts vast numbers of rare migratory and year round birds such as Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, as s many varieties of ducks, geese and song birds. Some birds such as Trumpeter Swans and Canada Geese mate for life and form strong bonds with their life mates. 

The estuary has accessable walking trails enjoyed by the community and visitors alike of all ages. But the walking trails are along side hunting areas. The shots being fired so close to walkers is frightening let alone the fact that the hunting is allowed in this important ecosystem. 

The community shudders every time the blasts are heard. But the final straw was on November 13th 2020 a beautiful pair of Swans had taken flight only for one to be shot and not killed but coming to the ground by the walking trail. Due to the quick and kind action of local birders and walkers the swan was saved and hopes are it will survive as it was taken to a recovery centre. Note that the hunter did not come to see how the injured swan was. It was an act of sickening, malicious destruction. Pictured are the exact pair moments before the shots were fired. 

Our last few generations have caused the environmental damage we are now observing everywhere on the globe. Individual smaller projects such as this can help start the process of repair.  We owe this at the very least to our future decendants. So please sign this petition to protect all the wildlife in this important birding area. 

Thank you for your caring.