SUNDAY SEPT 27 – Save The Date – 9:30 AM Oliver Visitor Centre

On Sunday, September 27, 2020, the Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club (OONC) will be conducting a walk and talk to check out Sockeye Salmon spawning at the river restoration areas north of Oliver.
Members and guests are welcome.
We will meet at the Oliver Visitor Centre (6431 Station Street, Oliver, BC) at 9:30 AM and walk from there.
We will go to the first site, two major oxbows, on the west side of the Okanagan River.
Then we will return a short distance and cross to the east side and continue upstream a few kilometres to phase two for more viewing and lunch.
We will then return along the east side back to the Oliver Tourism Centre.
Wear appropriate hiking gear and bring your lunch, water, questions and cameras.
Photo Credits Skip King, Brian Bousquet, Oliver Tourism

American Butte Hike, Sat. Sept. 12, 9:00 AM

On Saturday September 12, the Oliver Osoyoos Naturalist Club (OONC) will be leading a hike to American Butte.
 
OONC members and guests are welcome to assemble at Lakeview Plaza in Osoyoos around 8:30 AM for registration and leave for American Butte at 9:00 AM. 
 
This will be a moderate hike with some steep sections.  Once on top of the ridge it is an easy walk allowing for rewarding views in all directions.  
 
We highly recommend that you wear appropriate hiking footwear and gear (including poles) and bring a lunch with ample water as the weather is forecast to be hot.  
 
We will drive from Osoyoos to just past Lake Killpoola and hike from there.  Total time should be about five (5) hours.  
 
We estimate that we will return to Osoyoos between 2:00 and 2:30 PM. 
 
For more information about the hike please contact hike leader Dwayne Flexhaug directly at (250) 495-7645.  
All Photo Credits: Dwayne Flexhaug

SAVE THE DATE – SAT AUG 29 – HIKE TO MOUNT KOBAU

SAVE THE DATE – SAT AUG 29 – HIKE TO MOUNT KOBAU
HIKE LEADER GREG BYRON

We will meet at the Lakeview Plaza 9150 Main Street in Osoyoos at 9 AM.
The drive to the parking lot on Mount Kobau takes about 40 minutes, the last 20 kms once we turn off of highway 97 is over a fairly rough gravel road.
This day’s hike will first take us to the lookout over the Similkameen Valley returning to the parking lot a walk of 4.5 kms.
Part 2 of the hike will take us to the summit of Mt Kobau (elevation 1,873 meters) overlooking the Okanagan Valley.
The round trip for this portion is 2 kms.
Both segments of the hike contain some steep sections on well-defined gravely paths, walking poles and hiking boots (no sandals) are recommended.
This is considered a Moderately Difficult hike.
Hikers should bring adequate water, a lunch, insect repellent, camera, etc.
We should be returning to Osoyoos no later than 2 PM.
Social distancing and other safety measures for COVID-a9 will be in place.
Both members and guests are welcome.
Please direct all hiking questions to the Hike Leader Greg Byron who can be reached at (250) 485-2232.

Scarlett Paintbrush are easy to spot on the hillsides of Mt. Kobau.

UPDATE ON JOE DANDY LAKE HIKE NOW SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 6

UPDATE ON JOE DANDY LAKE HIKE JUNE 6

Doug Brown’s walk to Joe Dandy Lake is now planned for Saturday June 6, (not May 31) as first scheduled.

We will meet 8:30 AM at Lakeview Plaza.

The walk will allow for proper social distancing.

Doug says there will be many plants not usually seen in the Okanagan.

In lieu of the signup sheet, members must notify Doug that they are coming. (dougbrown7003@gmail.com).

All Photo Credits: Doug Brown

Showy Jacob's-ladder, Polemonium pulcherrimum

Showy Jacob’s-ladder, Polemonium pulcherrimum

Blue Clematis, Clematis occidentalis

Blue Clematis, Clematis occidentalis

Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca

Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca

Blue Clematis, Clematis occidentalis

Blue Clematis, Clematis occidentalis

False Solomon's-seal, Maianthemum racemosum

False Solomon’s-seal, Maianthemum racemosum

Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club Update March 31

Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club Update March 31
Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug
We hope that you all remain healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic and are listening to the current messaging from both provincial and federal healthcare bodies, encouraging all of us to stay home and limit going out anywhere, except for essential services.
Your Board of Directors has made a number of decisions that impact our club.
We have cancelled our Annual General Meeting this spring due to COVID-19 concerns.
We have also suspended our schedule of April-July 2020 hikes until further notice.
We remain optimistic that our activities (hikes) will resume later this summer when healthcare authorities indicate it is appropriate to do so.
Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug
 
We also believe that it is important to continue with renewing our membership, for the financial health of our club.
Current annual membership dues are Single: $30, Family: $35.
You can download and print the membership form at the following link:
 
Please make your cheque payable to: The Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists Club
Mail your cheque to: The Treasurer, Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists Club, 152 Road 9, Oliver BC V0H 1T1
-Our membership includes a subscription to “BC Nature”, mailed to members four times a year.
-Our membership year runs January 1st – December 31st.  However, If you join after September, your membership will cover all of the following year as well.
Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club
Photo Credit: Brian Bousquet

South Okanagan Bird Essay by Dwayne Flexhaug

Northern Saw-whet Owl Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Hairy Woodpecker Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Long-eared Owl Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Bewick’s Wren Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Stellers Jay Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Golden-crowned Kinglet Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Red-head Duck Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

White -breasted Nuthatch (N) Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Yellow Warbler Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Skaha Lake – a fitting final season outing

The Skaha Lake walk on November 10 was a fitting final outing for the Oliver Osoyoos Naturalist Club.

It turned out to be a beautiful day for walking along the KVR from OK Falls to Kaleden.

Photo essay from Donna Heard includes pictures of two Great Horned owls, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, a Canvasback, a Horned Grebe and of course lovely Skaha Lake.

Photo Credits: Donna Heard

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