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Wings Over the Rockies 2015

Fossils and Feathers

The theme for the 19th annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival is "Fossils and Feathers", inspired by the recent exceptional find of a fossil bed of significant importance in the Kootenay National Park.

Our Keynote Speaker and Guest Scientist will be Jean-Bernard Caron whose work on the Burgess Shale fossils and the recent Marble Canyon discoveries is a perfect fit. He will attend the Festival for several days, delivering the keynote address to the Wings Gala Banquet on May 9, an additional luncheon presentation as well as school presentations and participating in Festival field trips and paddles. Since the Burgess Shale fossil sites in the Kootenay National Park will still be under a blanket of snow during the Wings festival, Jean-Bernard Caron will share his exciting research and discoveries in the field by engaging participants in interesting presentations.

Click here to read the Dawn of Life, a very interesting and comprehensice article and videos in the Globe and Mail.

As always, the Festival will offer a wide array of speakers, field trips, paddles, and workshops focused on the amazing wetlands and mountains of the Columbia Valley. Our special objective is to educate the public on recent scientific research and discoveries.

The program for 2015 is now posted and available for viewing in the Day Planner. Registration begins on April 6 at 9am.

Costa Rica Tour for Wings Over the Rockies

The Wings Over the Rockies Eagle Eye Tour from February 21 to March 3, 2015 was an extraordinary experience!

Nine participants enjoyed travelling through a variety of habitats including lowland wet and dry forests, high elevation cloud forests and mangroves. The lodging surrounded by such rich habitats was very appealing and offered easy early birding experiences.

The expertise of the outstanding guides, Cam Gillies and Ernesto Carman, made it possible to view an amazing variety of birds, from bright colourful ones to some unusual sightings of rare birds, bringing excitement to the most experienced birders. The group also saw monkeys and other mammals, interesting reptiles, butterflies and spectacular trees and flowers. Another highlight included was a tour of Ernesto’s family-run organic shade grown coffee farm.

Check the website for a collection of images coming sometime in the next few weeks. Also, Cam Gillies will be giving an evening presentation, Costa Rica: A Rich Coastal Journey as part of the Flowers and Feathers presentation at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Monday May 4.

Eagle Eye Tours is in the planning stages of another trip to Costa Rica in February 2016. Please check this website for exact dates and details of this very exciting trip!

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.

Some birds stay in the valley over the fall and winter months. Enjoy viewing them in your backyard and please Contact Us if you have photos of birds you would like to share. We will happily post them in the Birds Page.

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