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2019 Festival Yearbook

Wings Over the Rockies 2019

Go Ahead…Explore!

May 6th to 12th, 2019

With over 100 events to choose from, the fabulous Spring weather, plenty of wildlife to see and a dynamic Keynote Speaker, we sure had a terrific 2019 Festival. Our Festival photographers, Don Delany & Pat Morrow captured so many photos of the folks enjoying the Festival…it was hard to capture a frown since everyone was having such a great time!!

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2018 Festival Yearbook

Wings Over the Rockies 2018

Webs & Roots: Talk About Networking!

May 7th to 13th, 2018

 

This year’s Wings Over the Rockies Festival explored the theme Webs & Roots: Talk About Networking! in recognition of Ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard who while researching her doctoral thesis discovered that trees use a network of soil fungi to communicate their needs and send each other nutrients through a network of roots and web-type fungi buried in the soil.

With over 100 events to choose from over 7-days, there was a variety of hikes, paddles, presentations and field trips hosted by a large cross-section of educators, wildlife experts, conservationists, ecologists, historians, biologists and more…

Whether it’s talking and networking to spread a web of ideas, or finding ways that birds depend on trees for nesting, safety and nutrients, or how lakes are networked by trails, webs and roots or having a more global view of how we can live in a more interconnected world that binds together for a stronger system of communication and social networks, thanks for joining us for our 22nd annual Festival in the beautiful Columbia Valley to experience ways to connect and network with like-minded people.

 

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2017 Festival Yearbook

Wings Over the Rockies 2017

Birds, Bats, Bears & Beyond…

May 8thto 15th, 2017

The year’s Wings Over the Rockies Festival explored the theme Birds, Bats, Bears & Beyond in recognition of Canada’s interconnected, but increasingly challenged wildlife – international migratory birds; mysterious bats and grizzly bears, all symbols of our wilderness. The festival (over 100 events) brought in experts to provide insights into the lives of these animals and the conservation challenges in protecting them. Wings Fest provides opportunities for visitors and locals alike to engage in wildlife watching and learn about the nature of the Columbia Valley – the envy of the world.

We were honoured that Danny Catt was the the Keynote Speaker at the Gala on Saturday May 13. Danny is an internationally known conservationist, photographer and environmental educator. He spent more than decade in the upper Columbia Valley as a park planner when he received a Rotary International ‘Preserve Planet Earth’ scholarship to study conservation around the globe. Since then, Danny has explored and photographed the people, landscapes and wildlife of close to 100 countries. Now head of British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Fish, Wildlife and Recreational Land Management program he inspires future generations of wildlife conservationists.

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2016 Festival Yearbook

REFLECTIONS ON WATER

20thAnnual Wings Over the Rockies Festival

May 9-15, 2016

Through presentations, fieldtrips, paddles, and workshops, the Festival explored the essential role of fresh water resources in our Columbia Valley, examined the current conditions in our lakes, rivers, creeks and glaciers, and discussed the challenges our water resources will face in the future from climate change, population growth, recreational use, invasive species and other pressures.

Within this umbrella, the Festival continued to offer amazing birding opportunities and a wide variety of presentations and field trips examining many aspects of the natural environment in our Columbia Valley.

 

DAVID SCHINDLER

Keynote Speaker and Guest Scientist

We were honoured that David Schindler, an internationally celebrated scientist who has led efforts to protect fresh water resources in Canada and around the world, was the Keynote Speaker and Guest Scientist for the 2016 Wings Festival – Reflections on Water.

Dr. Schindler received his doctorate from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Later, he directed the Experimental Lakes Project of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans near Kenora, Ontario and his ground-breaking research on boreal aquatic ecosystems has been widely used in formulating ecological management policy around the world. Most recently, Dr. Schindler served as the Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton from where he retired to the Brisco wetlands several years ago.

Over his 50-year career, Dr. Schindler has authored over 300 scientific publications and received numerous awards and honors for his remarkable accomplishments including the highly prestigious Stockholm Water Prize and the Officer of the Order of Canada.

Through tireless outreach and collaboration with policy makers, Dr. Schindler has had a significant impact on environmental policy. He regularly writes articles for popular magazines, provides commentary for radio and television and serves an expert advisor for environmental documentaries, as well as giving an average of 50 public lectures per year on a variety of issues related to the aquatic sciences.

Record Participation at the 2015 Wings Over the Rockies Festival

The 2015 Wings Festival – Fossils & Feathers enjoyed record attendance with over 2300 bookings for 100 events.  We would like to thank these participants for making the 2015 Festival so successful.

Donation to the Canadian Red Cross for Nepal Relief

Wings donated the entire proceeds of Pat and Baiba Morrow’s Heart of the Himalaya presentation during the 2015 Festival, together with the contents from a collection jar, a total of $4184 to the Canadian Red Cross for relief work following the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  This amount was doubled by a matching contribution from the Government of Canada.

Wings Over the Rockies 2016 Costa Rica Trip

After great success this year, Eagle-Eye Tours is once again offering a special birding tour in Costa Rica for past participants and friends of Wings Over the Rockies. The tour will be led by Cam Gillies who many of you will know as an event leader and banquet emcee at Wings Festivals. Cam’s PhD studied the movement of forest birds in Costa Rica.

This year’s tour saw 336 species of birds including quetzals, tanagers, antbirds, a plethora of hummingbirds and much more plus sloths, orchids, frogs and butterflies.  The tour samples a range of habitats from the high cloud forest to coastal mangroves.  The tour will be Feb. 2 – 12, is limited to 12 people and costs $3,995 CAD. Go to http://www.eagle-eye.com/Costa-Rica-Wings-Birding-Tour for full details on itinerary, featured birds, what to expect, and registration.

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