As part of their ongoing fundraising efforts, Wildsight Golden is bringing The Wardens to the Civic Centre for a Jan. 29 show.
The Wardens are aptly named, each of their members, Ray Schmidt, Scott Ward and Bradley Bischoff, have worked for Parks Canada and they continue to have a profound passion for the environment and Canada’s wilderness. The group actually approached Wildsight Golden and asked if they’d like to go in on a show with them.
As a result, the group will be presenting their blend of folk, roots and western music to Golden and splitting the proceeds with Wildsight.
“(The audience) is going to hear some good stories and some nice folk music…it’s probably pretty cowboyish I’d say,” said Joan Dolinsky, Wildsight Golden’s president.
Hosting events like this give the organization a chance to raise funds, but it also helps them raise awareness in the community, as Dolinsky explains.
“They’re really good for us because they get people out who might not otherwise know about Wildsight. It gives us a chance to share what we’re doing,” she said.
Among the organization’s current projects is the extensive Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey, a multi-year initiative whose goal is to have the area classified as an Important Bird Area.
“We’re entering the second year of this (project) and we’re hoping to continue it for many years,” Dolinsky said.
Wildsight is also hoping to start a local foods project, which could involve gardening workshops and the potential development of a demonstration garden in the community that could be used as a valuable teaching tool.
“There’s lots of good gardening spaces around Golden…and there’s been a real insurgence of interest in gardening so we’re hoping to tap into that and get people excited about growing their own food and buying local food,” Dolinsky said.
Wildsight will host their AGM in February and Dolinsky says that the organization is always looking to get more of the community involved in their various initiatives.
“We’re really keen on getting more people involved in our organization. There’s so much work that can be done and we’re looking for new board members,” she said.