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Friday, May 11th, 2018

Final Registration

When:   Friday, May 11th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where:  Foyer, Creston and District Community Complex



Kayaking with Paddle and Portage
Recreational Birder Kim Asquith to Accompany Group


Kayak the Kootenay River with birding guide-recreational birder Kim Asquith.  The Kootenay River offers an easy paddle (great for novices), and you will have an experience you will want to share with friends. For further information about Paddle & Portage please visit our website at www.paddleandportage.ca

Click here for larger map
Where:
Meet at West Creston Channel on Peterman Road.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.
When: 
Friday, May 11, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:     
Limit:   
8 participants, must be 18 years or older, each paddler must sign waiver prior to trip.

Our kayaks are single, sit-inside, recreational kayaks that are made for easy access, roominess and stability. Paddle and PFD included.

Friday Meet & Greet

When:   Friday, May 11th, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex

Digital Photography exhibit by Gaelen Schnare, Nelson B.C.

 


Friday Welcome Buffet and Presentation

When:   Friday, May 11th, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex

Caterer to be announced.

Friday Night Presentation

When:   Friday, May 11th, 6:10 pm to 6:50 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex

Creston Valley Bird Fest Friday Night Speaker:

Timothy Jackson from Nelson, B.C.
African Safari Specialist

Experience Africa through the unique habits and tales of the birds that live there. Timothy has both designed and led African safari experiences starting at its earliest beginnings 17 years ago. Paying attention to the needs of local people, their culture, and looking after the wildlife, all of which are a part of what is important in the conservation of habitat for birds, especially in Africa.

Timothy’s love of nature and Africa began on a Dairy/sheep farm in rural England living next to neighbors who had farmed in the Kenyan Highlands and led safaris throughout Eastern Africa.  This connection started the ‘safari bug’, that has now become a way of life for Timothy.   

When Timothy moved to B.C. his old neighbors introduced him to the Hopcraft family in Creston.  John Hopcraft had grown up on one of many colonial settled farms surrounding Lake Nakuru in Kenya. While there, John and his wife Sandy worked closely with the World Wildlife Fund, Roger Troy Peterson and others to create the Nakuru National Park’created to protect the flamingoes and birdlife of the area.

Since a teenager Timothy has participated in bird counts and festivals throughout BC; including winter and weekend bird counts in Vernon and Nelson, the Meadowlark Festival in the Okanagan, and the Manning Park Bird Blitz.  He spends his year designing custom tours for the clients of the South African company Jackson’s African Safaris, sometimes Timothy leads and guides trips, taking him to Africa 1-3 times a year, and the rest of the year he spends at home in Nelson, B.C.

Visit www.jacksonsafricansafaris.com to learn more.


Friday Night Field Trips

Please dress warmly. It’s cold near the water.  A warm jacket & long underwear are a good idea! Headlamps optional. Sundown 8:15, dark at 9:00 pm.


Counting Bats at the Wildlife Centre with Naturalist Brendan Mitchell

See and hear an active bat colony within the walls of the Wildlife Centre. Brendan has taken the Bat Educators Workshop and can explain all things batty. He has information on attracting and building bat houses for the back yard, and how our bats are faring against White Nose Syndrome

When:   Friday, May 11th, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where:  Meet at the Creston and District Community Complex to carpool to the Wildlife Centre (Upper Deck)
Cost:       


The Dark Sky with Astrophysicist Dan McCowan

Join Dan McCowan and his trusty telescope on the dark side of the Wildlife Centre. Dan will point out some of the interesting objects in the night sky as well as some of the constellations that have lurked about since before the time of the Greeks.

Dan McCowan has a B.Sc. in astrophysics from the University of Calgary, as well as history and education degrees. He is a  teacher at Prince Charles Secondary School in Creston, and has been excited about space and the sky since his youth. His background gives him a unique perspective on both the scientific and historical aspects of stargazing.

When:   Friday, May 11th, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where:  Meet at the Creston and District Community Complex to carpool to the Wildlife Centre (Lower Deck)
Cost:    


Owl Prowl with Dr. James Duncan

When:   Friday, May 11th, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where:  Meet at the Creston and District Community Complex to carpool to Duck Lake
Limit:  TBA
Cost:
  TBA    



Field Trip to the Cormorant colony and River Walk

When:   Friday, May 11th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where:  TBA
Limit:     TBA
Cost:
  TBA    



Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Saturday Birding Tours
6:30 am to 11:00 am

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am to 10:30 am
Where:  Meet Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool

All tours meet at the Creston and District Community Complex.


Birding Tour Leaders:


Ed and Hazel Beynon (Castlegar)

Ed and Hazel are both avid naturalists and outdoors people.  Both were born and raised in BC.  They lead botany hikes, bird walks, and participate in Castlegar bird counts every year.  This couple participated in data collection for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas and have surveyed breeding bird routes for Bird Studies Canada for over 20 years.  They bird by sound as well as sight and have recorded around 70 species on each Creston Bird Fest tour that they have led. 

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:   Birding along Lower Wynndel Road to Duck Lake
Cost:        
Limit:        10


Kim Asquith (Creston)

Saturday Only. Kim Asquith is a wildlife biologist turned naturalist.  She enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of nature.  Kim has a keen interest in birds, botany and gardening.  She lives with her biologist husband Malcolm, 2 dogs and 5 chickens on a small acreage in the Creston Valley.

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        
Limit:        8

Saturday Location: Birds and Botany 5 km. walk. Participants must be able to walk 5 km.


file:///C:/My%20Stuff/002%20-%20WebProjects/CrestonValleyBirdFest/2015/site/images/daryl.jpgDaryl Calder (Cranbrook)

Daryl, from Cranbrook, is an active member of Rocky Mountain Naturalists.  He likes to observe and question the finer details of everything Animal, Vegetable and Mineral and is always keen to learn and discuss.  Daryl is an amateur nature writer, hoping others will share his interest in the natural world.

Driving trip with short walks.  Car-poolers to drive South down the west side of the valley (Reclamation Road).

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:   Driving/walking tour along west side of valley from Balancing Rock trailhead, down Reclamation Road, to Dodge Creek FSR
Cost:        


Carolee Colter and Paul Prappas

Best for novices

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:   Wildlife Centre Trails
Cost:  


Gary Davidson, Nakusp, BC

Blame the MacGillivray’s Warbler for tweaking Gary Davidson’s lifelong interest in birds. These days, Gary lives most of the time in Nakusp, but prefers to escape to someplace warmer in the winter. In recent years he has wintered in Texas, Australia, Costa Rica and Panama. When in Nakusp he monitors the birds of the West Kootenay region. He has conducted over 30 years of Breeding Bird Surveys, greatly contributed to Wayne Campbell’s B.C. Nest Record Scheme, chaired several provincial committees, taught bird I.D. classes, written numerous articles, guided with Avocet Tours and has coordinated the Nakusp Christmas bird count for almost 40 years. When in Australia, Gary has guided bird tours and worked as a naturalist/guide at a birding lodge in North Queensland. He has combined his love of bird photography with his love of travel and has also visited Peru, Jamaica, Thailand, Taiwan, Kenya, and Uganda. This man knows birds.

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:   Leach Lake
Cost:        
Limit:       10

Location:  Leach Lake


Brian Baxter (Libby, Mt.) Raptor Search by Bus

Brian attended Forestry school at Penn State School of Technology, and Wildlife Management education at Western Carolina.  He has over 38 years experience in the field, working in the U.S. and B.C. as a wildlife researcher, forester, and land surveyor.  Baxter has been an outdoor education instructor for the last 16 years, and offers many programs in Montana and Idaho.

When:   Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
                    Sunday, May 13th, 6:30 am

Where:  Raptor Search by Bus—wildlife management area roads
Cost:       
Limit:      7  


Peter McIver, Castlegar, B.C 

Peter,who lives in Castlegar on the banks of the Columbia river, has birded in the Kootenays for more than 40 years and in the Creston Valley,his favorite local birding area, for the same period.He travels the world to find birds and has a life list of almost 4000 species.

When:   Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:  6 mile slough/Duck Lake
Cost:       
Limit:     10


Lyle Grisedale

When:    Saturday, May 12th
Where:   Fox Tree Hill, Tanal Marsh
Cost:  


Craig Sandvig

Craig was born and raised in Chile where he developed a keen interest in birds. He moved to Castlegar to attend Selkirk College and become a Fish and Wildlife Tech. Since moving to the Kootenays he has built a strong understanding of local bird distribution and honed his ear birding. He is now a hopeless birder, getting out as often as his young family allows! Craig has been birding regularly in the Creston Valley for 15 years.

When:    Saturday, May 12th
Where:   Wood Duck Trailhead.  Click here for the google map.
Limit:    10
Cost:  


Gaelen Schnare

Where the Birds Are—a family friendly event (birding for kids)

Gaelen Schnare is an 11 year old amateur birder, fisherman, and wildlife  photographer from Nelson, B.C.  He has taken 20, 000 photos of over 100 species in the Kootenay region and has explored the Creston area extensively.  He has made numerous presentations in Kootenay schools and senior centres.  He has recently returned from a five week birding expedition in Ecuador and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of birds with others. He hopes to inspire other young people to join the bird watching flock.

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where:   Kootenay River Road
Cost:  


11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Enjoy lunch at any of Creston's local eateries.

Valley Events



Kayaking with Paddle and Portage
Recreational Birder Ulrike Sliworsky to Accompany Group


Kayak the Kootenay River with birding guide-recreational birder Ulrike Sliworsky.  The Kootenay River offers an easy paddle (great for novices), and you will have an experience you will want to share with friends. For further information about Paddle & Portage please visit our website at www.paddleandportage.ca

Click here for larger map
Where:
Meet at West Creston Channel on Peterman Road.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.
When: 
Saturday, May 12, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost:     
Limit:   
8 participants, must be 18 years or older, each paddler must sign waiver prior to trip.

Our kayaks are single, sit-inside, recreational kayaks that are made for easy access, roominess and stability. Paddle and PFD included.

Saturday Presentation by Gary Davidson
Birds of South Africa and Namibia
 
Where: Creston and District Community Complex, Erickson Room
When:  Saturday, May 12th, 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Cost:    



Tour of Swan Valley Honey

Amanda Goodman Lee and Jeff Lee are pleased to give a tour of their honey farm. The tour includes a visit to the honey extracting facility, a display and explanation of newly assembled bee equipment, and a visit to the bee yard for those not allergic or phobic. Honey can be purchased at their sales office on location.  Bee suits are available on site.

http://www.swanvalleyhoney.ca/

Where: Meet at the Honey Farm: 220 East Placsko Road.
When:  Saturday, May 12, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:    

Click here for a map to Swan Valley Honey



Photography Workshop with Stephanie Harron from Castlegar

 
https://www.castlegarphotography.com/

Where: Creston and District Community Complex, Erickson Room
When: 
Saturday, May 12th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:    
Limit:  

Create a Felted Owl with artist Leah Wilson

 
Equipment and materials supplied

Where: Creston Museum
When: 
Saturday, May 12th, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost:    
Limit:  


Tour of the Food Forest with Melissa Flint

Come take a look a 3 year old Food Forest at the College of the Rockies. The food forest is designed to mimic natural ecosystems in function and interrelationships while providing, food, beauty, medicine, pollinator habitat, bird habitat, and outdoor learning opportunities. Learn about the many different species of plants in the food forest and taste what is in season.

Where:
College of the Rockies
When: 
Saturday, May 12, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:    


Kootenay Meadows Organic Dairy Farm Tour 

Guided tour of organic dairy farm followed by cheese tasting and explanation of the cheese-making process. Patrons may not go inside the cheese-making or milk bottling facility for cross contamination reasons. Feel free to peruse the bird-friendly pastures, ponds, and creek on the farm property.

http://www.kootenayalpinecheese.com/

Where:   
Meet at the Dairy located at Kootenay Alpine Cheese, 3071 16th Street, Creston, BC 
When:   
Saturday, May 12, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost:    

Click here for a map to Kootenay Meadows



Keynote Speaker:
James Duncan
When:  Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jim Duncan, born in Montréal, Québec, obtained a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for research on the Great Gray Owl. He worked as a conservation zoologist for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Conservation Data Centres 1992-1999 after which he took on the role of Manager of the Manitoba Biodiversity, Habitat and Endangered Species Section of the Wildlife Branch.  

Currently, Jim is the Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Sustainable Development where he is active in local, national and international biodiversity conservation initiatives. The Branch is responsible for the conservation, enhancement and management of provincial wildlife and fish populations including protection of biodiversity, habitat and species at risk as well as the implementation of related legislation and regulations, and science-based programming.  

Jim has researched Great Gray and other owls for over 30 years and has published numerous scientific papers, books and symposium proceedings on owls from around the world. He has also served as adjunct professor at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg where he supervised graduate research students studying owls and other birds of prey. Jim claims that his job is simply a way to support his obsessive habit of studying owls with his wife and fellow zoologist, Patsy. Together they have banded over 3,000 owls in Manitoba.  

Please join us at the 2018 Creston Valley Bird Fest and enjoy Jim’s keynote address on the ecology of the Great Gray Owl and why many refer to it as the Phantom of the Boreal Forest.

Please visit these websites for more information:

James Duncan's Research    Discover Owls

 

Sunday, May 13th, 2018




Sunday Birding Tours

When:    Sunday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool


Daryl Calder (Cranbrook)

When:  
Sunday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

Location:  Driving/walking tour of south end of valley: Tanal Marsh, Vic Mawson Lake, Lister, Canyon Park 


Carolee Colter and Paul Prappas

When:    Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 am
Where:   Kootenay River Road
Cost:  


Brian Baxter (Libby, Mt.) Raptor Search by Bus

Brian attended Forestry school at Penn State School of Technology, and Wildlife Management education at Western Carolina.  He has over 38 years experience in the field, working in the U.S. and B.C. as a wildlife researcher, forester, and land surveyor.  Baxter has been an outdoor education instructor for the last 16 years, and offers many programs in Montana and Idaho.

When:   Sunday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:  Wildlife Management Area Roads
Cost:       
Limit:     7 


Birding with Ed McMackin

Four one-hour birdwatching sessions with biologist Ed McMackin.  Ed has been birding in the valley for over 40 years and is excellent at bird identification by sound.

Ed McMackin writes the “Out There” column in the Creston Valley Advance describing fascinating events happening in the bird, animal, and insect world. He is a biologist by profession, naturalist by nature.

When:  Sunday, May 12, 6
                 6:00 am to 7:00 am

                 7:00 am to 8:00 am
                 8:00 am to 9:00 am
                 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Meet at Schikurski Park-1400 Regina St
Cost:    

Click here for a map to Schikurski Park


Peter McIver, Castlegar, B.C 

Peter,who lives in Castlegar on the banks of the Columbia river, has birded in the Kootenays for more than 40 years and in the Creston Valley,his favorite local birding area, for the same period.He travels the world to find birds and has a life list of almost 4000 species.

When:   Sunday, May 13th
WhereLeach Lake (driving tour)
Cost:       
Limit:     10


Lyle Grisedale

When:    Sunday, May 13th
Where:   Wildlife Centre Trails (North)
Cost:  


Craig Sandvig

Craig was born and raised in Chile where he developed a keen interest in birds. He moved to Castlegar to attend Selkirk College and become a Fish and Wildlife Tech. Since moving to the Kootenays he has built a strong understanding of local bird distribution and honed his ear birding. He is now a hopeless birder, getting out as often as his young family allows! Craig has been birding regularly in the Creston Valley for 15 years.

When:    Sunday, May 13th
Where:  Leach Lake (walking tour)
Limit:    10

Cost:  


Ed and Hazel Beynon

When:    Sunday, May 13th
Where:   Birding along Lower Wynndel Road to Duck Lake. 
Cost:  


Gary Davidson, Nakusp, BC

Blame the MacGillivray’s Warbler for tweaking Gary Davidson’s lifelong interest in birds. These days, Gary lives most of the time in Nakusp, but prefers to escape to someplace warmer in the winter. In recent years he has wintered in Texas, Australia, Costa Rica and Panama. When in Nakusp he monitors the birds of the West Kootenay region. He has conducted over 30 years of Breeding Bird Surveys, greatly contributed to Wayne Campbell’s B.C. Nest Record Scheme, chaired several provincial committees, taught bird I.D. classes, written numerous articles, guided with Avocet Tours and has coordinated the Nakusp Christmas bird count for almost 40 years. When in Australia, Gary has guided bird tours and worked as a naturalist/guide at a birding lodge in North Queensland. He has combined his love of bird photography with his love of travel and has also visited Peru, Jamaica, Thailand, Taiwan, Kenya, and Uganda. This man knows birds.

When:    Sunday, May 13th
Where:   Leach Lake
Cost:        
Limit:       10

Location:  Leach Lake



Valley Events

Kayaking with Paddle and Portage
Recreational Birder Kim Asquith to Accompany Group


Kayak the Kootenay River with birding guide-recreational birder Kim Asquith.  The Kootenay River offers an easy paddle (great for novices), and you will have an experience you will want to share with friends. For further information about Paddle & Portage please visit our website at www.paddleandportage.ca

Click here for larger map
Where:
Meet at West Creston Channel on Peterman Road.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.
When: 
Sunday, May 13th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost:     
Limit:   
8 participants, must be 18 years or older, each paddler must sign waiver prior to trip.

Our kayaks are single, sit-inside, recreational kayaks that are made for easy access, roominess and stability. Paddle and PFD included.

Art Project at Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

Drawing owls with artist Brandy Dyer

Where:
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
When: 
Sunday, May 13th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 

 


Wind Down at the Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
** No registration required **

Where:
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
When: 
Sunday, May 13th, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:      FREE!