Okanagan Branch presents the
Restoration, Birds and Wine bus tour
Sat. Sept. 21 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Focusing on restoration for plants, soils, salmon, and birds this is an extensive all day tour of some of the restoration and conservation effort s in the Southern Okanagan. Looking at how a collaborative approach for restoring sections of channelized Okanagan River is creating more natural conditions and regaining some lost river habitat quality & quantity. The tour will be stopping at two different phases of restoration along the Okanagan River and review many of the challenges including installing a pipeline for creek diversion when dredging, creation of salmon habitat, and restorative planting efforts. Folks from the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI) will be on board to discuss the various efforts going into this exciting restoration project.
As well, the Vaseux Lake Bird observatory located on the Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary is doing some bird banding this fall and will be a stop along the tour. It is a member station of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network (CMMN) which is a subsidiary of Bird Studies Canada that oversees all migration monitoring stations in Canada. One of eight active stations that monitor avian migration in British Columbia, it is the only one in the dry southern interior region. Representation from Environment Canada will provide an overview of the Migratory Birds Convention Act and how to avoid incidental take of migratory birds.
If that wasn’t enough, the tour will also include lunch and a tour of Liquidity Winery. The winery is located in Okanagan Falls which now has a special Sub Geographic Indicator designation to indicate the unique characteristics of the terroir and resulting wines. Here the viticulturist is moving away from using herbicides to control weeds and the traditional use of grasses between rows. Instead they have been experimenting with purposefully choosing different blends of plants species for ground cover that will add to the health and nutrient levels of the soil naturally. It makes for an interesting change to the typical Okanagan vineyard landscape.
• 7:50 a.m. - Kelowna - at the Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna.
• 9:00 a.m. -Penticton - Provincial Ministry Building 102 Industrial Ave W
Tour locations include:
- 1St Stop - Restoration work on Ellis Creek - one of the three phases of the Okanagan River Restoration.
- 2nd Stop - Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory – Bird banding at the Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary and review of how to avoid incidental take of migratory birds
- 3rd Stop - Liquidity Wines in Okanagan Falls – Lunch and review of soil restoration efforts
- 4th Stop/ Oliver, Pacific Silica- a second and extensive phase of the Okanagan River Restoration
- 5th stop – Drop off in Penticton 102 Industrial Ave W prior to 4:00.
- Heading back to Kelowna for 5:00pm
Registration: Cost is $20 for BCIA members and students and $35 for non-members. Lunch is provided and space is limited. Please note this is a first come first serve basis with preference provided for BCIA members.