The swan and eagle count is in

The swan and eagle count is in

The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has been busy counting swans and eagles

Vernon MorningStar Feb. 18, 2018

Naturalists all over the North Okanagan took part in the 2018 Swan and Eagle Count, and the results are in.

The count took place in the greater Vernon area Jan. 14 with the results as follows:

Bald eagles — 125 (100 adults, 25 sub-adult)

Golden eagles — 2 (2 adults)

Trumpeter swans — 118 (109 adults, 9 immature)

Tundra swans – zero

We had 31 participants covering four routes with a total of 127 eagles and 118 swans observed during this year’s count, with three of the four focal species seen. These numbers were down from 2017 when we had 184 bald eagles, eight golden eagles and 160 swans.

The majority of the birds were observed on the Vernon-Sicamous route with a count of 66 bald eagles and 98 trumpeter swans.

The other routes were Coldstream, the south end of Mabel Lake, Enderby-Kingfisher, Mabel Lake and Vernon area where 59 bald eagles, two bald eagles and 20 trumpeter swans were counted. Sub-adult eagles were observed on all of the routes while immature swans were only seen on the Vernon-Sicamous route and in the Vernon area.

Join us again next year when we convene on Jan. 13, 2019 to count swans and eagles! Until then, happy birding and enjoy yourself enjoying nature. For more information, please contact Aaron Deans, Swan & Eagle Count coordinator for the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club.
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Big Bird Count is Back

Big bird count is back
Jon Manchester - Feb 13, 2018
castanet.net

The Great Backyard Bird Count is back.

The 21st annual event is exactly as it sounds – participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (Feb. 16-19), then report their sightings online.

Claude Rioux of the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club says tens of thousands of volunteers around the globe will take part.

The count is an important snapshot at the health of the ecosystem and an annual tradition for birding enthusiasts across the country.

"Many members of our local naturalist club participate every year," said Rioux.

If wintry weather keeps you indoors, you can count the birds outside your window.

To learn more, visit the GBBC website or email Canadian co-ordinator Kerrie Wilcox at gbbc@birdscanada.org.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
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Counting down to the Great Backyard Bird Count

Counting down to the Great Backyard Bird Count

Naturalists around the world will take part in the 21st annual count

Feb. 8, 2018
Claude Rioux

Special to The Morning Star

Show how much you care about birds by participating in the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Simply count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (Feb. 16 to 19, 2018) and report your sightings online.

Around the globe, tens of thousands of volunteers – of all ages and birding skill levels – will participate. If wintery weather keeps you indoors, you can count the birds outside your window!

This free, family-friendly event is fun, provides opportunities to learn about birds and connect with nature, and supports bird conservation. To learn more, visit the GBBC website or email Canadian coordinator Kerrie Wilcox at gbbc@birdscanada.org.

You may also be interested in the GBBC photo contest. Visit gbbc.birdcount.org to find out how to participate, and gbbc.birdcount.org/2017-photo-contest-winners/ to see some of last year’s top entries.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

Many Members of our local naturalist club, the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club, participate every year. Check out the website http://www.nonc.ca
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