Swan count takes flight

Swan count takes flight
January 4, 2017
The MorningStar

North Okanagan residents can help track down some majestic birds.

The North Okanagan Naturalists Club will hold the annual swan and eagle count Jan. 15.

“All interested people, new and experienced birders alike, are welcome to participate,” said Aaron Deans, co-ordinator.

The count covers four areas with nine routes.

“The routes are covered by different groups, with one group going as far north as Sicamous, another to the south end of Mabel Lake via Lavington and Lumby, and a third group counting from Enderby through Kingfisher to Mabel Lake,” said Deans.

“In the Vernon area, several groups scout the north and south end of Kalamalka Lake, the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake and the Head of the Lake area.”

The count numbers are compiled with others from the Interior and they form a database used by university students and graduate ornithologists in various programs.

“The count monitors the current population status of these birds,” said Deans.

For more information or to participate, contact bishopwildbird@gmail.com or 250-542-5122.

photo by Claude Rioux