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.

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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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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