Left to right: Joan Kelly

Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists enjoy autumn weather

Hikes will occur sporadically now, as we approach the winter season.

Six enthusiastic hikers and a seventh straggler (sorry we missed you, Tim) set out Saturday, Oct. 20, on a path that parallels the Similkameen River to the west of Princeton.  Amanda Lahaie was the able leader of this field trip, which took us 5 km through the woods and eventually to a small pond, where we were rewarded with the rare sight of a male Eurasian Wigeon, who was accompanied by two female American Wigeons, likely attracted by the exoticism of this striking male!  The flowing river sparkled in the sunlight and we delighted in the lovely landscape, as the fall colours continue to flaunt themselves. After having lunch at the pond we journeyed back amid a few snowflakes, just to add some variety to the day.  It was another great walk with a companionable group of naturalists.

Hikes will occur sporadically now, as we approach the winter season, but there will be a few outings and snow shoe treks in the months to come.  For more information please call Janis Wright at 250-295-7560.  Our next meeting is Nov. 13, when Vic Sagorski will speak on storm water treatment. Please join us at Riverside Centre at 7:00 that evening!