Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists take Pictograph field trip

Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists took great pleasure in a sunny outing on Saturday, March 9

First Nations pictographs Sixteen members of the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists and guests enjoyed searching for and viewing intriguing paintings along the Old Hedley Road.

First Nations pictographs Sixteen members of the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists and guests enjoyed searching for and viewing intriguing paintings along the Old Hedley Road.

Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists took great pleasure in a sunny outing on Saturday, March 9, as Charlotte Sellers led a field trip along Old Hedley Road to view some of the First Nations pictographs located along that route. Sixteen members and guests enjoyed searching for and viewing the intriguing paintings, a process that took a few hours. Along the way, we spotted a Northern Pygmy-Owl, Canada Geese, Bald Eagles, American Dippers, as well as the ubiquitous Steller’s Jays and Mountain Chickadees. We also managed to spot five Mountain Goats grazing above us on a rocky hillside—a bonus for the day. The weather was the second bonus, and we ate our lunches at a forestry campsite picnic table overlooking the Similkameen River, while basking in the warmth of the sun. It definitely felt like spring!

Our general meeting on April 9, will feature Dr. Jason Jones, who will speak on the “miracle of migration.” Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., at Riverside Community Centre. The public is welcome to join us for an educational and interesting evening.