As the seasons change, it’s not just humans who begin to fly south for the winter, as Vaseux Lake hosts the banding of migratory birds.
The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is once again hosting its annual Bird Migration Open House at the Vasseux Lake Bird Observatory.
The event will take place on October 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, to give the public a chance to see migratory birds being banded, take a guided tour, and learn about work in progress at the observatory.
Bird Migration Day revolves around three themes:
* adaptation of birds to migration,
* bird conservation issues and threats,
* tracking migration by ringing birds.
Bird banding not only allows researchers to track the movements of different species, but also to track their population levels through year-to-year comparisons.
In just 51 days into their 2019 season, for example, searches captured and tagged more than 2,500 different birds.
The Okanagan is Canada’s top birding hotspot and an important summer nesting area for many species. Birds that bred in the boreal forest and northern British Columbia also cross the Okanagan Valley south into the United States, Central America, and South America, using the Vaseux Lake region as a migratory stopover to resupply with insects or seeds.
The Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory is located 3 km south of Okanagan Falls and, due to the terrain, is not wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available on the west side of Highway 97 at a roadside exit just north of the site. Please note that parking on the shoulder of Highway 97 is not safe.
Parking directly adjacent to the observatory site is reserved for visitors with reduced mobility and staff.
Also, please note that no pets are allowed on the self-guided tour.
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