Daily Planner


Our mountain weather can be unpredictable. Even on a hot sunny day the weather conditions can change quickly. Please be 'wings weather wise' when attending field trips. We also recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes. Bring water, snacks or lunch. A camera and binoculars can enhance your experience!


Saturday Events

Mysterious Migrants

Time: 7:30AM to 12:00PM
Location: , Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Cam Gillies , Brian Keating

It is prime time for arriving migrants in the valley, and we’ll visit one or two spots to see and hear who’s back for the summer and who never left. We’ll...

Kootenay Park Car Birding

Time: 8:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: , Kootenay National Park, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): N/ A

In Kootenay Park, there are several pull out areas along highway 93 offering some different locales and bird types. All stops except for one have established parking lots. At most locations...

All Day Exploration Blitz

Time: 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Location: , Columbia Valley area, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Randy Hopkins

Well, most of the day at least. Join Randy on a fast paced trip following the Columbia River valley from Invermere north to the Brisco wetlands and Spillimacheen area. We'll be...

Wetlands Trail Run

Time: 8:45AM to 10:00AM
Location: , Invermere, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Beva Kirk , N/ A

This is a chance to see and explore the beauty of the wetlands alongside the Columbia River. We will explore while running a modest pace and make several stops along our...

Plate Tectonics & the Columbia River Wetlands

Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: , Spillimacheen, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Ron Grams

We’ll take a scenic hike through a historic wetlands property near Spillimacheen. We’ll discuss the geo-tectonic origin of the Columbia River Valley, share pioneering trivia and observe local bird life. 

Animal Tracks & Signs

Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: , Radium Hot Springs area, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Kalista Pruden

Join local naturalist Kalista for a walk along the banks of the mighty Columbia River as it weaves through the phenomenal Columbia Wetlands. Rich in wildlife, this area offers a unique...

A Source of Confusion

Time: 10:00AM to 12:30PM
Location: , Bella Vista, south of Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Bob Walker

This scenic 1.5 km walk focuses on the human history of the Columbia Valley while overlooking Columbia Lake. We'll explore how the 'Mystery of Migration' became the 'History of Migration' and...

Flight Cage Open House

Time: 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: , Invermere area, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Dr. Mark Zehnder and Judy Burns

The Invermere Veterinary Hospital's raptor flight cage has played a key role in the rehabilitation and release of 11 birds in the past year. Come and tour the unique structure that...

The Spirit Trail Story

Time: 11:00AM to 1:30PM
Location: , Fairmont Hot Springs area, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Peter Bartman

The first white man to use the Spirit Trail was explorer David Thompson. In the spring of 1808 he traveled south from Kootenae House along the East side of Columbia Lake...

Migration One Inch at a Time

Time: 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Location: , Fairmont Hot Springs area, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Bob Walker

This natural history walk winds through a beautiful wooded area supplied by natural springs. The group should spot some birds that are returning and others who stay year around. We'll see...

Wild Food and Medicine

Time: 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Location: , Invermere, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Kalista Pruden

Local naturalist Kalista Pruden will lead participants on a hunt for edible and medicinal wild plants, and talk about how birds and wildlife depend on them too. Learn about identification of...

Watershed Series Wrap-Up

Time: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Location: Pynelogs Cultural Centre , Invermere, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Kirsten Harma

Watershed Series by Lake Windermere Ambassadors. If you participated on four or more of the “watershed series” events, come to Pynelogs for this special watershed celebration. We will discuss learning gained over...

18th Annual Gala Banquet & Keynote

Time: 6:00PM to 10:00PM
Location: , Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Presenter(s)/Leader(s): Brian Keating

A Gala Event at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort complete with a fabulous dinner, Live & Silent Auction, Keynote Event celebrating the Mystery of MigrationMigration: The Run-Away Game - Brian KeatingBrian...