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Mountain Bluebird. Photo: Cathy Parkes

The 18th annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival was a great success. The theme, The Mystery of Migration, explored many different aspects of migration including the migration of waterfowl and songbirds and the seasonal movement of ungulates, carnivores, butterflies, bats, fish and even humans. A full week of more than 90 field trips, presentations and workshops culminated with a Gala banquet and an exciting and enthusiastic presentation by Brian Keating, world-renowned naturalist who has explored nearly 50 countries on all seven continents. Brian Keating spent three full days at the Festival giving school presentations and leading field trips, communicating and teaching about the world’s astonishing and fragile biodiversity.

A recent exceptional find of a fossil bed of significant importance in the Kootenay National Park has inspired our theme for the festival in 2015, Fossils and Feathers. We will broaden our scope to learn about the research being done in this remarkable fossil bed. The keynote guest speaker will be Jean Bernard Caron, curator of the Royal Toronto Museum. We will also explore the research occuring in the valley related to ecosystems, flora and fauna in the valley, as well as offering the usual birding and other popular events. For more information on the recent discovery see the News page and links to the Royal Toronto Museum.

The program for 2015 will be posted in early March. However the program for 2014 is still available for viewing in the Day Planner or in PDF format in the Events tab. Registration for events for the festival begins in early April, 2015.

Columbia Valley Wetlands

The Columbia River Wetlands, one of the longest undisturbed wetland ecosystems found in North America, stretches over 180 km in length from Canal Flats to Donald, BC. This impressive ecosystem gained international recognition when it was chosen a Ramsar wetlands in 2005 and represents one of the few remaining intact portions of the Pacific Flyway critical to migrating birds.

The Wings Over the Rockies Festival provides the opportunity for visitors and locals alike to engage in bird watching and to learn about the relationship of habitats, flora and fauna in the Columbia Valley, our backyard – the envy of the world.

Photos: Lorrie Anderson.

Click on the image below to view photos of some past events. Click on the image below to view some stunning bird photos seen during the festival.

Dates for the Wings Over the Rockies Festival for the next three years:

May 4 to 10, 2015

May 9 to 15, 2016

May 8 to 14, 2017