Field naturalists enjoy Easter weekend outing

Our first warm day of Spring was a perfect day to take an outing to Keremeos and Cawston. There were ten of us who walked along the river trail in Keremeos. We started at the lovely treed park and then walked east exploring the river bed, watching canoeists paddle by, and sighted some birds. The foilage was out, past Hedley area and beyond, so we really enjoyed seeing the green grasses, trees, colourful bushes and flowers.

The Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists had an extra special day on their excursion to Ginty’s Pond with the warm spring weather.  They spotted this Wood Duck and others on their trip.

The Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists had an extra special day on their excursion to Ginty’s Pond with the warm spring weather. They spotted this Wood Duck and others on their trip.

Arriving at Cawston, we turned right onto Coulthart Road and stayed a couple of hours at the south-end of Ginty’s Pond. At least, most of us were at the south end. (inside joke).  There were three avid photographers with us, and they were first to spot six beautiful wood ducks.  There was also an osprey, mallards, red-winged blackbirds, coots, and an occasional marsh wren. After eating our lunches, a few of us enjoyed just basking in the sun with eyes closed, while others explored and found a trail to the river and another area of the marsh.

We all felt we had a wonderfully relaxing start to Easter weekend: out in nature, and finally some warmth and colour.

A website you might be interested re Wildlife Spotting areas in the South Okanagan, can be found by typing in British Columbia Wildlife Watch, or just Ginty’s Pond, Cawston B.C. You may also find the history of Ginty’s Pond by typing in the latter.

Our next hike will be led by Trish Reid on May 7th. We will drive up Baldy Mountain and go for a moderate walk toward Jack Budd’s cabin. Please confirm with Trish ahead of time at 295-6002. We leave from Billy’s Restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Our next speaker will be Madelon Schouten, our very knowledgeable founding member. She will give a talk and show photographs of her trip to Europe and the cruise that took her beyond the Arctic Circle. This will be on May10th at Riverside Community Centre (near the Arena) at 7:00 p.m.

New members are always welcome. We have a very friendly, knowledgeable group.

And then the South Okanagan Meadowlark Festival will soon be upon us!


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