South Okanagan Bird Essay by Dwayne Flexhaug

Northern Saw-whet Owl Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

Downey Wood Pecker 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

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

 

 

Yellow Warbler Photo Credit: Dwayne Flexhaug

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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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Our first hike of the years was for the birds – literally!

Our first hike of the years was for the birds – literally!

It was a sun drenched Saturday for an easy and eventful walk along the Okanagan River to the McAlpine Bridge and back to the Oliver Visitor Centre.

Special thanks to Donna Heard who’s camera captured a plethora of feathered friends including a Bald Eagle; Bohemian Waxwing; Northern Pintail; Pileated Woodpecker, and a Snow Goose who befriended two local Canada Geese.

 

Our first hike of the years was for the birds – literally! 

Our first hike of the years was for the birds – literally 

It was a sun drenched Saturday for an easy and eventful walk along the Okanagan River to the McAlpine Bridge and back to the Oliver Visitor Centre.

Special thanks to Donna Heard who’s camera captured a plethora of feathered friends including a Bald Eagle; Bohemian Waxwing; Northern Pintail; Pileated Woodpecker, and a Snow Goose who befriended two local Canada Geese.

 

 

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It’s time to GET OUTDOORS with the Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club March-July ’19

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Fall will be arriving soon. It’s time to just do it!  Let’s all get out there!

Join your local Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists for fun and informative walks/hikes in the south Okanagan.

Check out our just released fall schedule!!!

Scheduled Events, September – November 2019

Wed Sept 18. Vaseaux Boardwalk ClearingThe annual brushing of the boardwalk to the viewing blind. With more than a bare minimum of volunteers the work goes quickly. Bring loppers, pruners, etc. Meet at the parking lot 10 AM or call Skip King (250) ­485-­0263

Sun. Sept.22 Long Joe Road Moderate walk in Anarchist area. Meet at the Osoyoos Lakeview Plaza at 9.30 AM.  Leader Greg Byron­ (250) ­495­-5704.

Sat Oct 5. McIntyre Bluff. A familiar, pleasant walk from Covert Farms. Moderate difficulty, good views from top. Meet 9:30 AM at Oliver Visitor Centre.  Leader Maryse Dumas (250) ­495-­4973.

Sat Oct 19 Leaders Choice TripObjective to be decided later, details to follow. Leader Dwayne Flexhaug (250) ­495-­7645.

Sun., Oct. 27 Potluck Dinner at the Oliver United Church, 511 Church Ave at 5.30 PM. Bring food contribution, plate, cutlery etc. Membership renewals are due. Call Marianne (250) ­498­-2743

Sat. Nov 2: Madden Lake. A less common fall walk but we should see many ducks on the water as we circumnavigate the lake. Be prepared for chilly weather.  Meet Oliver Visitor Centre 9:30 AM.  Leader Doug Brown. For info call Skip 250-485-0263

Sun Nov 17 Kaleden to Penticton. Walk along Skaha Lake following KVR trail beside Skaha Lake. Easy but possible lengthy walk. Meet Oliver Visitor Centre at 9:30 AM. Leader Phil Harfman (250) ­495-­8071

Things to remember:

For all walks, please, be on time, as we like to start promptly! Bring lunch and water, and wear suitable footwear and clothing! Be especially prepared for chilly Fall weather! Please leave dogs home, they disturb wildlife. We would like to increase our membership, so bring a friend!

Non-members and Visitors are invited to join us on our outings. Current annual membership dues are still only: Single: $25, Family: $30.

Membership includes a subscription to “BC Nature”, mailed to members four times annually. Please pay your dues at the next meeting or outing you attend. Volunteers are always welcome! If you would like to lead a hike or have suggestions for hikes or meeting-speakers, contact any of the leaders listed in this schedule

 

 

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