Lots of eagles

Lots of eagles
Kate Bouey
Castanet
January 27, 2016

For a bird that used to be an endangered species, the bald eagle appears to be in plentiful supply in the North Okanagan.

At total of 134 bald eagle adults and 35 sub-adults were spotted by the North Okanagan Naturalists Club on Jan. 17.

Club members saw one golden eagle.

As well, 123 adult trumpeter swans and 37 juveniles were counted.

The North Okanagan count zone covers four areas and a total of nine different routes including, north to Sicamous, the south end of Mabel Lake via Lavington and Lumby and Enderby through Kingfisher and out to Mabel Lake.

In the Vernon area, several groups scout the north and south end of Kalamalka Lake, the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake and the Head of the Lake area.

Count numbers are collected from groups across the B.C. interior and elsewhere and form a database used by university students and graduate ornithologists in various bird research programs.

It's time to count the birds

It's time to count the birds
Kate Bouey
Castanet
January 17, 2016

It is back outside soon for members of the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club to count swans and eagles throughout the region.

The mid-January count is compiled with other tallies from the B.C. interior and elsewhere to form a database used by university students and graduate ornithologists in various bird research programs.

“Fluctuations and trends in the number of birds are an important early warning signal regarding the ecological health of their environment,” said Claude Rioux, a club director.

The North Okanagan count zone covers four areas and a total of nine different routes throughout the region, said Rioux.

One route goes north to Sicamous, another to the south end of Mabel Lake via Lavington and Lumby and a third stretches from Enderby through Kingfisher and out to Mabel Lake.

In the Vernon area, several groups scout the north and south end of Kalamalka Lake, the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake and the Head of the Lake area.

The Vernon area count takes place Jan. 17.

“There are several routes this year that are in need of additional people to join the effort,” said Rioux. “We invite all interested people (new and experienced birders alike) to participate in this year’s count.”

Those interested can contact Aaron Deans, count coordinator by email, bishopwildbird@gmail.com, or by telephone at 250-542-5122.

Eagle and swan count commencing in North Okanagan

Eagle and swan count commencing in North Okanagan
By Brendan Kergin
InfoTel.ca

January 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM

VERNON - Swans and eagles in the North Okanagan will be seeing a lot more people soon. The annual count of both birds gets underway this weekend.

The North Okanagan Naturalist Club is one of the participating organizations and will be sending groups to areas around Kalamalka Lake, Sicamous and Mabel Lake. The Vernon area will be covered Sunday, Jan. 17.

The numbers collected are compiled with other groups’ counts in other regions of B.C., creating a database used by universities and ornithologists. Trends in the numbers collected help provide information about the region’s ecological health.

The North Okanagan Naturalist Club are looking for additional people to joint the count. Those interested can contact coordinator Aaron Deans via email at
bishopwildbird@gmail.com.

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