It’s lambing season in the Similkameen and a large group of Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists were delighted to visit Happy Hollow Farm on Saturday, March 23, and interact with 50 plus lambs, as well as 60 plus ewes and rams. A few ewes are still awaiting delivery of their precious bundles, while one mother has triplets to care for. Club member Charles Weber and his wife Bev, owners of this lovely site on Highway 3, were kind enough to let us bottle-feed some of the lambs, and we fell in love with a little one called Teacup, who was comfortable with the 17 visitors, and completely relaxed with his ever-constant companion, the herding border collie. It was another sunny Saturday morning, and we were happy to watch the lambs frolic while Charles explained various features of the pure-bred Suffolk sheep. After our tour many of us lingered to eat our lunches outdoors and glory in the early spring air.
The next field trip will be held on April 13, when Rika Ruebsaat will lead us on a section of the old Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern Railway bed, along the river near Hedley. Please confirm with Rika at 295-4006 and meet at Billy’s Restaurant at 9 a.m. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., at Riverside Centre, when we will feature Dr. Jason Jones who will speak on the miracle of migration.