Vernon club cleans the stream

Vernon club cleans the stream

North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club participated in their first Adopt-a-Stream cleanup Sunday, April 14.

Morning Star Staff Apr. 27, 2019

On Sunday, April 14, members of the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club “adopted” a section of BX Creek, near Walmart and Rona, at the north end of the City.

A crew of 13 club members, plus eleven adults and children from the NatureKids of BC program, spent two hours collecting trash and debris along the creek shoreline as well as in the adjacent parkland.

“In the end, a mound of trash-filled bags was collected and the area is now much cleaner and enjoyable, ready for the lush growth of vegetation that is now emerging for the Spring and Summer,” said Club president Harold Sellers. “In addition to taking action to help protect our natural spaces, the Club also provides many opportunities for enjoying nature.”

He said that anyone interested in joining the Club on its monthly nature walks or having youngsters interested in getting outside for some nature-based fun with NatureKids, should visit the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club website at www.nonc.ca.

The club also wanted to issue a thank you to Jennifer Miles, the Adopt-a-Stream coordinator at Regional District of North Okanagan, for providing instructions and materials to assist in the cleanup. Those interested in “adopting their neighbourhood stream” can contact her at jmiles@rdno.ca.
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Creek trash cleared out

Creek trash cleared out
Darren Handschuh - Apr 25, 2019

Members of the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club have 'adopted' their first stream.

The club has adopted a section of BX Creek, near Walmart and Rona, at the north end of the city.

Thirteen club members plus 11 adults and children from the NatureKids of BC program, spent two hours collecting trash and debris along the creek shoreline as well as in the adjacent parkland.

By the time the volunteers were done, a mountain of garbage had been collected.

“The area is now much cleaner and enjoyable, ready for the lush growth of vegetation that is now emerging for the spring and summer,” said Harold Sellers, with the club. “In addition to taking action to help protect our natural spaces, the club also provides many opportunities for enjoying nature.

Anyone interested in joining the club on its monthly nature walks or having youngsters interested in getting outside for some nature-based fun with NatureKids, should visit the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club website.

The Adopt a stream program was started in 2009 to support the health of local waterways.

Since then, it has successfully established a list of local stream stewards who, twice a year, ensure that their stretch of stream is clean.

Through this program, the Regional District and City of Vernon offer training opportunities.

Anyone interested in adopting their neighbourhood stream can contact Jennifer Miles, RDNO Adopt-a-Stream co-ordinator, at jmiles@rdno.ca.

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Program is for the birds

Program is for the birds
Darren Handschuh - Apr 3, 2019
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This program is for the birds: bluebirds that is.

The Vernon North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has established hundreds of man-made nests for the beautiful bird and they are inviting others to get in on helping the feathered friends.

A workshop and information session on the Bluebird Trail Program is planned for Saturday, April 6 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

The NONC joined the Bluebird Nest Box Program more than 25 years ago to help increase the dwindling numbers of bluebirds.

NONC manages 18 nestbox trails on farms and ranch lands with some 400 nest boxes.

Each trail has from eight to 40 boxes which are maintained and monitored weekly.