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Friday, May 11th, 2018

Final Registration

When:   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 Channels with birding guide-recreational birder Kim Asquith.  The Kootenay River Channels 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
SOLD OUT
Where:
Meet at West Creston Channel on Peterman Road.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.
When: 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:     $45.00
Limit:   
8 participants, must be 17 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:   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex

Make new birding friends over a fine glass of locally produced wine or a mug of beer, tea, or coffee. Digital photography exhibit by 11-year old Gaelen Schnare of Nelson, B.C. Cost is included with the following Welcome Buffet and presentation.

Friday Welcome Buffet and Presentation

When:   5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex
Cost of Meet and Greet, digital photography display,welcome buffet and presentation:      $35 adults, $17.50 youth (17 years old and under) 

Caterer: Heather Thiessen, Creston Valley Catering.

Friday Night Presentation

When:   6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex

Creston Valley Bird Fest Friday Night Speaker:

Exploring birds and their behaviour in Southern Africa

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.


Heron/Cormorant Colony and Kootenay River Walk 
With Birding Guide Lyle Grisedale

Sensitive Area
Enjoy an opportunity to see Double-crested Cormorants and Great Blue Herons nesting in the same colony thanks to the generosity of a private landowner. Great Blue Herons are declining in number and are attempting to raise their young at this critical time of year, thus the sensitivity of this location.

To ensure a harm-free visit, birdwatchers are encouraged to stay hidden from sight in the treed area away from the river’s edge and keep voices low. Limited viewing (20-30 minutes) is advised. Following the visit to the colony, Lyle will guide you along the dyke beside the river through the cottonwoods to an active eagle’s nest.

SOLD OUT
When:   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where:  1635 Duck Lake Road, Wynndel
Limit:    20
Cost:
       $15

Click here for a map to the Cormorant Colony and Kootenay River Walk


Owl Prowl with Dr. James Duncan and Marc-Andre Beaucher

Marc-André Beaucher, Creston, BC.  

Marc-André is a professional wildlife biologist with great enthusiasm for the feathered kind.  He started birdwatching at 13, in Sherbrooke, Qc where he grew up. He has had binoculars strapped around his neck since then.  Marc-André moved out west over 20 years ago and is currently responsible for conservation programs at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area where his work requires him to "trample" through the wetland to count waterfowl, waterbirds, and other feathered species. Marc-André supports bird conservation through Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is also a member of several professional ornithological societies.  One of his goals for the coming years is to learn more about acoustic recordings and analysis of bird songs.


Come and have a hoot of a time with James Duncan and Marc-André Beaucher for a 2-hr owling excursion to Duck Lake on Friday May 11th, from 20:00 to 22:00.  James and Marc-André will lead you through prime forested riparian, riverine, and wetland habitats south and west of Duck Lake in a quest for a glimpse of these elusive silent flying creatures.  Frequent stops will take place along the way to listen and watch for owls,...or to give a hoot or two, ...and yes, moments of silence will be mandatory. While May is not owl-ways the best month to look for owls, there are some reasonable chances to see a Short-eared Owl or two, or hear Great Horned and Northern Saw-whet Owls.  If no one gives a hoot, we will look and listen for something else!  

Please, let us know whooo's  coming!

SOLD OUT

When:   8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where:  Meet at the Creston and District Community Complex to carpool to Duck Lake
Limit:  20
Cost:
  $15.00
Limit:  2 groups of 10 each


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:   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:       $10.00


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:   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:      $10.00



Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Saturday Birding Tours
6:30 am to 10:30 am

All tours meet at the Creston and District Community Complex unless otherwise stated.

Cost: $15.00 except for Raptor Search by Bus: $20.00  (18+)  


Birding Tour Leaders:


Ed and Hazel Beynon, Castlegar, BC

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. 

Where:   Birding along Lower Wynndel Road to Duck Lake
Limit:        10


Kim Asquith, Creston, BC

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.

SOLD OUT
Where: Birds and Botany 5 km. walk. Participants must be able to walk 5 km.
Limit:
     10


Daryl Calder, Cranbrook, BC

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.

Where:  Driving trip with short walks along west side of valley, including Balancing Rock trailhead, Reclamation road, to Dodge Creek Forest Service Road. 
Limit:
     12


Carolee Colter and Paul Prappas, Nelson, BC

This will be Carolee and Paul's 4th appearance as guides for our Festival. Originally from the US, Paul Prappas and Carolee Colter met in Seattle, Washington, where they started birding together, and have been doing so ever since.  In 2008, they moved to Nelson, BC, and made that their home where they continue to pursue their passion for birds and butterflies.  In addition to collecting data and leading tours, they love sharing their knowledge with new birders, hoping to increase awareness about birds and the natural environment.   They also support various environmental organizations working diligently to purchase, protect and create suitable habitat for threatened bird and butterfly populations.

Best for novices

SOLD OUT
Where:   Wildlife Centre Trails
Limit:      10


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.

SOLD OUT
Where:   Leach Lake
Limit:       12


Peter McIver, Castlegar, B.C 

Peter has been an outdoors person with a passion for birds since aged 8.  His other interests are climbing, hiking, skiing and travel all of which he combines with birding.Living on the banks of the Columbia River in Castlegar, his favorite local birding area is Creston, which he has birded since the Management Area was established.  He has travelled to 50 countries in search of birds and seen almost 4000 species.

SOLD OUT
Where:  6 mile slough/Duck Lake
Limit:     10


Lyle Grisedale, Kimberley, BC

Lyle Grisedale is an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Guide who spends his summers leading hikers in the Bugaboos. He is an enthusiastic birder, photographer, and naturalist who spends as much time as possible exploring the mountains and grasslands of the East Kootenays area of British Columbia.

The Creston Valley Bird Fest would like to thank Lyle for samples of his photography throughout this website and in our advertising. For more information, please visit his website:

http://www.lylegrisedalephotography.com/

When:    Saturday, May 12th
Where:   Driving trip with short walks south of Creston to Fox Tree Hill, Tanal Marsh, Vic Mawson Lake to the U.S. border.
Limit:     
10


Craig Sandvig, Castlegar, BC

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.

Where:  South of Wildlife Centre along Wood Duck Trail, Corn Creek Woods.   About 5 km.
Click here for the google map.

Limit:    10


Brian Baxter, Libby, Montana.
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.

Where:  Wildlife management area roads
Ages:      
18+
Limit:      7
Cost:      
$20.00  


Gaelen Schnare, Nelson, BC

Family Friendly Birding

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.

SOLD OUT
When:    9:00 am to 11:30 am
Where:   Kootenay River Road.  Please meet at the Creston and District Community Complex parking lot.
Cost:         $2.50 per person or $10 for a family of 4
Limit:  
     12


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 Channels 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: 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:     $45.00
Limit:   
8 participants, must be 17 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:  1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Cost:     $10.00



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:  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:     $10.00
Limit:   20

Click here for a map to Swan Valley Honey



Photography Workshop with Lyle Grisedale from Kimberley, B.C

http://www.lylegrisedalephotography.com/

Lyle Grisedale is an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Guide who spends his summers leading hikers in the Bugaboos. He is an enthusiastic birder, photographer, and naturalist who spends as much time as possible exploring the mountains and grasslands of the East Kootenays area of British Columbia.

Workshop includes information and images indoors and some outdoor photography tips.

Where: Creston and District Community Complex, Erickson Room
When: 
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:     $30.00
Limit:    20

Create a Felted Owl with artist Leah Wilson

 
Equipment and materials starter balls provided.  Click here to visit Leah's website for more information.

Where:
Carr Building at Creston Museum.  219-Devon St.  Click here for a map.
When: 
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, time required to create your owl
Cost:     $40.00
Limit:  
18


Tour of the Food Forest with Melissa Flint

Come take at look a 5 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 as well as the design principles for creating more productive, diverse, environments.  

Melissa Flint is a permaculture designer and environmental educator who creates new possibilities for a more imaginative, regenerative future.
www.auroraedibledesigns.com 

Where:
College of the Rockies
When: 
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:     $10.00


Birding from the First Nations Perspective

A 2 km walk through the Lower Kootenay Wetland takes you to the camp of traditionalist and keeper of the knowledge, Wayne Louie, of the Ktanaxa nation. Accompanied by a traditional bulrush, or tule-mat teepee and a sturgeon-nosed canoe that he has made, Wayne will explain the many relationships between birds and First Nations Culture. Return 2 km. through wetlands on a second dyke.  

Wayne has documented the gathering of material from the wild and the actual construction of the sturgeon nose canoe in a 13- minute video available on his web-site: www.sturgeon-nose-creations.com 

SOLD OUT
Where:
Lower Kootenay Wetlands.  Click here for a map.
Meet at Creston and District Community Complex to carpool.  Drive 3 km. south of Creston on Highway 21 to the site of the Lower Kootenay Band Log Sort Yard. Turn west off the highway to park.
Note: participants must be able to walk 4 km on uneven surfaced dykes.
When: 
 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost:     $20.00
Limit:  
 20


Guided Canoe Tours at the Wildlife Centre 

Join a Naturalist for a one-hour guided tour to experience the sights and sounds of this internationally designated wetland.  Paddle the ponds and channels in a voyageur-style canoe in search of wildlife and birds!

Where:   
Meet at the dock at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre (1760 West Creston Road)  
When:  
11:00 am to 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Limit:    Children must be at least 3-years old and accompanied by an adult.  Limit:  14 participants per trip.
Cost:     $10 adults, $5 youth (17 years old and under)



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:  
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost:     $10.00

Click here for a map to Kootenay Meadows



Keynote Speaker:
James Duncan
When:  
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: 
Prince Charles Secondary School Auditorium.  223 18th Ave South.
Cost:     
$20.00 advance adult, $2.00 youth, $25.00 at the door

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

6:30-10:30 am
All tours meet at the Creston and District Community Complex at 6:00 am unless otherwise stated.
Cost: $15.00 except for Raptor Search by Bus: $20.00  (18+)


Birding with Ed McMackin, Creston, BC

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: 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  SOLD OUT
Where: Meet at Schikurski Park-1400 Regina St
Limit:  
6

Click here for a map to Schikurski Park


Daryl Calder, Cranbrook, BC

Where:  Driving/walking tour of south end of valley: Tanal Marsh, Vic Mawson Lake, Lister, Canyon Park 
Limit:     12


Carolee Colter and Paul Prappas, Nelson, BC

This will be Carolee and Paul's 4th appearance as guides for our Festival. Originally from the US, Paul Prappas and Carolee Colter met in Seattle, Washington, where they started birding together, and have been doing so ever since.  In 2008, they moved to Nelson, BC, and made that their home where they continue to pursue their passion for birds and butterflies.  In addition to collecting data and leading tours, they love sharing their knowledge with new birders, hoping to increase awareness about birds and the natural environment.   They also support various environmental organizations working diligently to purchase, protect and create suitable habitat for threatened bird and butterfly populations.

Where:   Kootenay River Road
Limit:     
10


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.

WhereLeach Lake (driving tour)
Limit:     10


Lyle Grisedale, Kimberley, BC

http://www.lylegrisedalephotography.com/

Lyle Grisedale is an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Guide who spends his summers leading hikers in the Bugaboos. He is an enthusiastic birder, photographer, and naturalist who spends as much time as possible exploring the mountains and grasslands of the East Kootenays area of British Columbia.

Where:   Wildlife Centre Trails (North)
Limit:      10


Craig Sandvig, Castlegar, BC

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.

SOLD OUT
Where:  
Leach Lake (walking tour).  About 5 km.
Limit:    10


Ed and Hazel Beynon, Castlegar, BC

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. 

Where:   Birding along Lower Wynndel Road to Duck Lake. 
Limit:     10


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.

Where:   Driving tour with short walks along west side of valley, including Balancing Rock trailhead, Reclamation Rd to Dodge Creek Forest Service road at the south end. (as time permits).
Limit:       12


Brian Baxter, Libby, Montana
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.

SOLD OUT
Where:      Wildlife Management Area Roads
Cost:          $20.00

Age limit:  18  +
Limit:         7


Valley Events

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


Kayak the Kootenay River Channels with birding guide-recreational birder Kim Asquith.  The Kootenay River Channels 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: 
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost:     $45.00
Limit:   
8 participants, must be 17 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.

Mother’s Day “Paint and Pour” with artist Brandy Dyer
at Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

Drawing owls with artist Brandy Dyer

Where:
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
When: 
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:     $40.00


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

Where:
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
When: 
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:      FREE!