Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists walked the KVR trail from the tunnel to Vermilion Bluffs and back, on the very warm morning of July 20, and managed to keep cool with periodic visits to the river. The bluffs are an area of interest, of course, as the historic source of the esteemed red ochre used for trading & face painting by many First Nations. Our group was also able to appreciate the various species of birds we encountered, as field trip leader Amanda Lahaie is one of our club’s more knowledgeable birders.
Lazuli buntings, gray catbirds, ospreys, and turkey vultures were some of the highlights. Our convivial group of nine not only found interesting gems along the Tulameen riverbed, but were good citizens, picking up litter along the way.