An enjoyable afternoon... Members of the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists group enjoyed a hike along the Similkameen River outside of Hedley.

An enjoyable afternoon... Members of the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists group enjoyed a hike along the Similkameen River outside of Hedley.

Busy Spring for Naturalist Club

Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists enjoyed a beautiful 8 km. walk on Saturday, April 13

Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists enjoyed a beautiful 8 km. walk on Saturday, April 13, along the southern slopes of the Similkameen River in the Hedley area. We climbed up steep slopes to discover an old eagle’s nest, tried a little fishing, and generally appreciated the exercise on the cool but sunny day. Thirteen club members and guests participated in this field trip, led by Rika Ruebsaat, which culminated with a lovely lunch at the Hitching Post.

Our April general meeting was well attended, with approximately 45 people eager to hear Dr. Jason Jones’ lively and informed discussion on bird migration. His presentation was not only enlightening, but extremely entertaining, and, happily, this very knowledgeable biologist promises to return! Our club sends a big thank you to the Princeton Sandman Inn for providing a complimentary room for Dr. Jones.

Next month’s general meeting will be held May 14, 7 p.m., at Riverside Centre, with guest speaker Murphy Schewchuk, freelance writer/photographer, who will proffer strategies and tips for fine nature photography. Our next field trip will be a birding expedition to the South Okanagan on April 27. Please meet at Billy’s at 8:00 am and phone Trish Reid at 295-6002 to confirm.