Accepting the cheque were CVWMA manager Marc-André Beaucher and Regional District of Central Kootenay chair John Kettle.
The CVWMA is recognized as a wetland of international importance as it plays a critical role in maintaining the global environment. CVWMA is home and year-round sanctuary to over 265 bird species, 50 mammal species, 30 fish, reptile and amphibian species, and thousands of invertebrate and plant species.
The Creston Valley is a migration corridor for several waterfowl species and is the largest regional locale for wintering birds of prey in the interior of the province. It is considered second only to the coast as a flyway route for numbers of migrating waterfowl that follow it twice yearly.