Birding Tour Leaders:
Kim Asquith – Creston, BC
Kim Asquith is a wildlife biologist turned naturalist. She enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of nature. Kim has a keen interest in birds, botany and gardening. She lives with her biologist husband Malcolm and 2 dogs on a small acreage in the Creston Valley.
Brian Baxter – Libby, Montana
Brian attended Forestry school at Penn State School of Technology, and Wildlife Management education at Western Carolina. He has over 42 years experience in the field, working in the U.S. and B.C. as a wildlife researcher, forester, and land surveyor. Baxter has been an outdoor education instructor for the last 20 years, and offers many programs in Montana and Idaho.
Ed and Hazel Beynon – Castlegar, BC
Ed and Hazel are both avid naturalists and outdoors people. Both were born and raised in BC. They lead botany hikes, bird walks, and participate in Castlegar bird counts every year. This couple participated in data collection for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas and have surveyed breeding bird routes for Bird Studies Canada for over 20 years. They bird by sound as well as sight and have recorded around 70 species on each Creston Bird Fest tour that they have led.
Gary Davidson – Nakusp, BC
Blame the MacGillivray’s Warbler for tweaking Gary Davidson’s lifelong interest in birds. These days, Gary lives most of the time in Nakusp, but prefers to escape to someplace warmer in the winter. In recent years he has wintered in Texas, Australia, Costa Rica and Panama. When in Nakusp he monitors the birds of the West Kootenay region. He has conducted over 30 years of Breeding Bird Surveys, greatly contributed to Wayne Campbell’s B.C. Nest Record Scheme, chaired several provincial committees, taught bird I.D. classes, written numerous articles, guided with Avocet Tours and has coordinated the Nakusp Christmas bird count for 45 years. He is currently the President of the BC Field Ornithologists. When in Australia, Gary has guided bird tours and worked as a naturalist/guide at a birding lodge in North Queensland. He has combined his love of bird photography with his love of travel and has also visited Peru, Jamaica, Thailand, Taiwan, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and South Africa.. This man knows birds
Carley Dunham – Creston, BC
Originally from the Fraser Valley, Carley is an elementary teacher in Creston BC. Before teaching, she worked for ten years as a BC Park Ranger in northern BC and in a variety of outdoor leadership positions throughout western Canada (and even, briefly, in Australia). She is a self- proclaimed nature nerd and loves to share her passion with people of all ages. Carley is also the creator of the YouTube channel, “Nerding for Nature”, where she shares her adventures in learning about wild edibles, wilderness skills, and various nature trivia. As a teacher, Carley loves taking her students outside and letting nature spark their curiosity and imaginations.
Paul Foth – 108 Mile House, BC
It all started when Paul noticed that the woodpeckers he saw on walks in the woods were different—very different. After opening up a field guide, it didn’t take long before he was competing with his brother (also learning his birds) in a little “big year.” Since then, Paul has lived and birded in the Fraser Valley, Creston Valley and 100 Mile House. He leads birding tours and bird identification workshops in the BC Cariboo through Go Pishing Birding Tours (www.gopishing.com). Paul nests in 100 Mile House with his wife Sunny and their fledgling Cassin.
Lyle Grisedale – Kimberley, BC
Lyle Grisedale is an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Guide who spends his summers leading hikers in the Bugaboos. He is an enthusiastic birder, photographer, and naturalist who spends as much time as possible exploring the mountains and grasslands of the East Kootenays area of British Columbia.
The Creston Valley Bird Fest would like to thank Lyle for samples of his photography throughout this website and in our advertising. For more information, please visit his website
Angela Prettie – Creston, BC
Angela Prettie has been an astronomy enthusiast since she was a teenager. She learned the constellations and star names by looking at a map with a red- cellophane covered flashlight (Very important to keep eye pupils dilated). She can bring her binoculars along, and will teach you how to find the main circumpolar constellations (e.g. Big and Little Dipper, Cassiopeia and Cepheus) as well as the zodiac and seasonal constellations for that night.
Check out my favorite weekly sky guide (you can download the app for your tablet too!).
This Week’s Sky at a Glance
Gaelen Schnare – Nelson, BC
Gaelen Schnare is a 15-year old birder and photographer from Nelson, British Columbia. As a frequent visitor to the Creston Valley, he is very familiar with all major hotspots and always has a great day on Kootenay River Road. Gaelen has birded internationally in the United States, Ireland and Ecuador, as well as locally in Vancouver, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and is a frequent presenter at local schools and environmental gatherings. He has been birding for over seven years in the Kootenay region and is known for his keen eyes and ears.
Ulrike Sliworsky – Creston, BC
Ulrike is a birder that lives in Creston. She has a science degree from the University of Manitoba with an Ornithology major. In addition to re-introducing endangered species such as Peregrine Falcons and Burrowing Owls, she has also banded waterfowl and songbirds. She has enjoyed participating in the Audubon’s Christmas bird count for over 30 years in various communities and is now the Coordinator for the Creston Valley Christmas Bird Count. Having been a Park Naturalist, she enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of nature especially with her son