Photo: Common Loon by Lyle Grisedale

Creston Valley Bird Festival

May 12-14, 2023

Breaking News!!!  Birds Canada is sending a team to our festival for amazing presentations!!!  Sachi Snively is also giving a presentation on his work at the Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory! And 

Tentative Schedule below ……

   

Our Mission:               

“The Creston Valley Bird Festival exists to foster awareness of birds and their habitats in the Creston Valley”

Where the Birds Are: 

“Celebrate the birds, art, and the agriculture of the Creston Valley”


WHERE THE BIRDS ARE!

There were three RUFFED GROUSE spotted during the Creston Christmas Bird Count on December 27th. They can be found singly in mixed woods. throughout our valley and BC.

They have a distinctive dark tail-band, crested head, and bold, dark bars on their flanks.

In the spring, you can hear the male’s territorial drumming and possibly see them displaying their fanned tail and collared ruff. This time of year they are “budding” which is feeding on the buds of deciduous trees and shrubs (source from Linda Van Damme 2020).

 See Where the Birds Are page for more!

2023 Tentative SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 
Friday, May 13
   
     
12:00-4:00 pm Final Festival Registration Baillie-Grohman Winery
12:30-4:30 Kayak the West Creston Channels Daryl Calder
2:30-4:30 Native Bee and Mason Bee Condo Info Session Gord Hutchinson
5:00-7:00

7:00-8:00

Flocking Together Food Truck Social

Indigenous Wetland at LKB Presentation

Baillie-Grohman Winery

Norm Allard

8:30-10:00 Star Gazing at Baillie-Grohman Winery  Angela Prettie
 
Saturday, May 14
   
6:00-6:30 am Coffee and Muffins Baillie-Grohman Winery
6:30-10:30 Kayak the West Creston Channels Daryl Calder
6:30-10:30

6:30-10:30

Drive to Duck Lake

Birding at Duck Lake

Ed and Hazel Beynon

Tina Watters

6:30-10:30

6:30-10:30

Birding the Wildlife Area Trails

Birding the Wildlife Area Trails – Beginner

Jo Ellen and Gretchen

Carolee Coulter

6:30-10:30 Birding-by-Bus Road Tour  Brian Baxter
6:30-10:30 Fox Tree Hill, Tanal Marsh, Mawson Lk  Lyle Grisedale
6:30-10:30 Birding the Farmlands Gaelen Schnare
6:30-10:30 Leach Lake  Gary Davidson
     
10:00-3:00 Bird Kite Building/Family Bird-a-thon/Bird BINGO Discovery Centre
10:30-11:30 Guided Canoe Trip  Discovery Centre
11:30-12:30 Guided Canoe Trip  Discovery Centre
12:30-1:30 pm Guided Canoe Trip  Discovery Centre
1:30-2:30 Guided Canoe Trip  Discovery Centre
2:30-3:30 Guided Canoe Trip  Discovery Centre
12:00-4:00 The Wobbling Warbler Bus Tour

Winery, Brewery, Craft Distillery

Creston Valley Tour Co.
12:30-2:30 Dairy Tour Kootenay Meadows
12:30-2:30 Honey Tour Swan Valley Honey
1:00-3:00 Merlin and eBird Workshop Sachi Snively
     
3:00-5:00 Botany hike up Balancing Rock (tentative)  
3:00-5:00 Botany and Birds for Kids  Carley Dunham
3:00-5:00 Weeds to the Rescue (tentative) Tilia Botanicals
7:00-9:00 Birds Canada – BC Avian Research/Projects KRSS
  Sachi Snively – Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory  
     
 
Sunday May 15
   
6:00-6:30 am Coffee and Muffins Baillie-Grohman Winery
6:30-10:30 Kayak the West Creston Channels  Daryl Calder
6:30-10:30

6:30-10:30

Drive to Duck Lake 

Birding at Duck Lake

Ed and Hazel Beynon

Tina Watters

6:30-10:30

6:30-10:30

6:30-10:30

Birding-by-Bus Road Tour 

Birding the Wildlife Area Trails

Birding the Wildlife Area Trails – Beginner

Brian Baxter

Jo Ellen and Gretchen

Carolee Coulter

6:30-10:30 Fox Tree Hill, Tanal Marsh, Mawson Lk  Lyle Grisedale
6:30-10:30 Birding the Farmlands Gaelen Schnare
6:30-10:30 Leach Lake  Gary Davidson
12:00-1:30 pm Winery Tour   Baillie-Grohman Winery
12:00-3:00 Mother’s Day Mandela Art Workshop Wendy Franz
1:00-5:00 Wine Down Baillie-Grohman Winery

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Join us for the Creston Valley’s showing of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival on Saturday February 4th at 7pm. The VIMFF celebrates and embraces mountain film and culture, outdoor sports and environmental initiatives.  Come on a film journey in the outdoors with us!

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February 7 - February 14, 2023

Join acclaimed author, naturalist and biologist Douglas Chadwick on a Kootenays book tour this February. In his latest…

Creston Valley Branch AGM

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Join us at on Thursday, February 23rd at 7 pm at the Rotocrest Hall. More information to come…

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