Description Of This Tour
Join Rick McKelvey of Friends of the Oxbows to tour a selection of remnant oxbows along the floodplain of the Okanagan River between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. Learn about the historical and recent impacts on those wetlands resulting from expanding urbanization and agriculture as well as the channelization of the river in the 1950’s. Also, hear about the progress being made to rejuvenate and restore some of their ecological function as well as the protection and enhancement of the oxbows with the support of the City of Penticton, the Penticton Indian Band and other conservation interests. On the tour, there will be opportunities to see native plants and animals (particularly birds) as well as some invasive species and their effects.