Sunday May 21, 2023 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tour Location: Vaseux Lake Meeting Place: Vaseux Lake Wildlife Centre, Hwy 97, 5 km south of Okanagan Falls
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Tour 38 – Explore the National Wildlife Area

Nature Trust and BC Parks protected habitat for California Bighorn Sheep

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Description Of This Tour

Many consider the California Bighorn Sheep one of the most charismatic wilde species in the area. Join local naturalist, Doreen Olson and biologist, Keith Watson from Conservation Northwest on an exploration of the special habitats and features of some of this National Wildlife Management Area. Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area (NWA) was established to protect habitat for species deemed to be special and of high importance It provides significant habitat for many bird species and other wildlife, including some at-risk species.

Learn how partnerships with BC Parks and The Nature Trust of BC have expanded the area primarily to protect winter rangeland for California Bighorn Sheep and why connected landscapes are critically important for wildlife. You won’t want to miss a Canyon Wren or Golden Eagle so make sure you bring your binoculars. The Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area encompasses the unseeded traditional and ancestral territory of the Syilx Nation and holds high cultural significance to them. We are grateful for their long history of caring for the land.

Special notes. Poison Ivy is present in some areas and there is a possibility of snake migration at this time of the year. Terrain is rocky but not difficult. Please wear long pants, socks and covered shoes, sandals not appropriate.

Tour Leaders: Doreen Olson, Keith Watson

Please be prepared for all sorts of weather – hot, sunny, windy, cold and rain too! Dress in layers and bring all-weather clothing, sunscreen, a sun hat, sturdy hiking footwear, a snack and at least 1 litre of water for all tours and events. For longer walks and hikes you will need at least 2 litres of water, as well as snacks and a bagged lunch (if not provided). Cameras, binoculars and plant and bird field guides are optional but add to your enjoyment. Please note any additional items to bring if applicable for your tour.

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Tour Details

Difficulty Level: 2

Price: $25.00

+ Price Includes: N/A

 Max Group: 20

Additional Items To Bring

  • Water
  • Pocket Snacks
  • Covered Shoes - sandals not appropriate

Area

Location: Vaseux Lake

Meeting Place: Vaseux Lake Wildlife Centre

Transportation: Carpool

Age Permitted

 12+