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Why a Creston Valley Bird Fest?

The Creston Valley is a vital birdwatching site, important bird area and staging area for migratory birds with over three hundred species of birds recorded. The Creston Valley Bird Fest celebrates this incredible diversity in an environmentally sensitive manner, inviting residents and visitors to expand their interest in the world of birds. The festival offers a variety of birdwatching activities guided by field experts, as well as photography and art displays and bird-oriented workshops. Promotional tours to local businesses, and art studios have been incorporated into the festival providing economic stimulus in a low impact way.

Birdwatching is a growing activity.  In 2016, Invermere’s “Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival” experienced its most successful year. Many people enjoy the “Meadowlark Nature Festival” in the South Okanagan every year. The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area has Ramsar status—it is a Wetland of International Significance. It is home to a healthy and diverse population of birds making the valley an ideal location for such a festival and a natural source of pride for those of us living here.

Here's a first hand account!
 
I would like to let you know that the Creston Bird Fest is a highlight of my year.  I love to hike, kayak, bike and backpack in nature but my experience is always enhanced after attending your festival.  I always learn something new and it resharpens my birding skills!  The speakers and guest naturalists are a rare treat and privilege to be able to experience.  To be able to go birdwatching with such talented and experienced naturalists is priceless! I'm not surprised enrollment fills so quickly.  That is why I actually plan my business trips to the Kootenays around your event up to a year in advance.  Soon as I know the dates I start calling clients!  Thank you also for always seeming to find a way to add 'extra spice' at the event by having such interesting other activities.  Learning about fungi, bats, moths and butterflies helps expand my knowledge base and as I said, enhance my future outdoors activities.  I have never been disappointed and am ready to start planning my next visit.  I love BC and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to access an event like this to increase my understanding of the natural world we enjoy here.  Creston is such an excellent place for it to happen as well due to its geographical location on migratory routes.  I am looking forward to many years more of attending.  It has become a yearly pilgrimage for me!   Thank you for introducing me to the festival and for all the hard work you so enthusiastically put into making it such an enjoyable success.  
Yours truly, Emmett McRobie

Click here to read the BC Nature article about the Creston Valley Important Bird Area.