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Friday, May 12th, 2017

Festival Registration and Sales Table
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex
Foyer & Sunshine Room

7 bird-themed vendor tables in the foyer:
Mellowood Studio
Karen Whitford Photography
Tilia Natural Products
Creston Mudders
Lark Coffee
Legend Logos
Purple Rose Enterprises


Nest-building Workshop with Tess Stieben.
Friday, May 12th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
At the Kunze Gallery

Please register with Sandy at 250-428-6880 or email kunzegallery@gmail.com.
Nest-building workshop $10.00.


Meet and Greet, Welcome Buffet and Two Presentations

When:   Friday, May 12th, 4:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Where:  Creston Room, Creston and District Community Complex
Cost:      $35

Meet and Greet  4:00 t0 5:30 pm

Mingle and meet new birding friends over a Creston Valley glass of wine, a bottle of beer, local apple juice, tea, and coffee.

Featuring a  fantastic display of  wild bird photography by Festival artist and photographer Monte Comeau of Salmo.  

Welcome Buffet and Presentations
Sponsored by RE/MAX Discovery Real Estate
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Buffet Style Dinner Catered by Demetre's Catering
Click here to see the menu

Presentation #1
Janice Arndt: Bank Swallows

Janice is a birder and biologist who has lived in the Kootenays with her family for over 20 years. Current projects include coordinating the Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey, monitoring Osprey breeding pairs, and assessing secretive marsh birds and their habitats. Janice also studies and teaches about butterflies and moths. Janice’s presentation is about the the Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey, initiated in 2015 to gather data and determine the current status of this species in southeastern BC.  Bank Swallows, like many fling insect-feeding birds, are in significant decline and were assessed as federally “threatened” in 2013. 

 

Presentation #2
Alison Grover: Flying Dinosaurs, Oh My!

Alison Grover is a Wildlife Biologist with a B.Sc. in Ecology Honours. Her experience includes research projects regarding bird calls and detection rates, and leisurely birding on every hike she goes on. Her favorite hobbies are anything that includes at least some dirt, snow, trees, or animals!



Friday Night Field Trips

Please dress warmly. It’s cold near the waterA warm jacket & long underwear are a good idea!
Headlamps optional. Sundown 8:15, dark at 9:00 pm.

Carpool to the Wildlife Centre for 3 events


Night Prowl with recreational birder Ulrike Sliworsky, Julia Shewar and Daryl Calder

SOLD OUT
Listen and identify the sounds of the birds, frogs, animals, and insects of the marsh at sundown. Headlamps recommended as the wildlife centre trail is uneven.

When:   Friday, May 12th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where:  Carpool to the Wildlife Centre for 3 events
Cost:        $10


Counting Bats at the Wildlife Centre with Naturalist Brendan Mitchell

SOLD OUT
See and hear an active bat colony within the walls of the Wildlife Centre. Brendan has taken the Bat Educators Workshop and can explain all things batty. He has information on attracting and building bat houses for the back yard, and how our bats are faring against White Nose Syndrome

When:   Friday, May 12th, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where:  Carpool to the Wildlife Centre for 3 events
Cost:        $10


The Dark Sky with Astrophysicist Dan McCowan 

SOLD OUT
Join Dan McCowan and his trusty telescope on the dark side of the Wildlife Centre. Dan will point out some of the interesting objects in the night sky as well as some of the constellations that have lurked about since before the time of the Greeks.

Dan McCowan has a B.Sc. in astrophysics from the University of Calgary, as well as history and education degrees. He is a  teacher at Prince Charles Secondary School in Creston, and has been excited about space and the sky since his youth. His background gives him a unique perspective on both the scientific and historical aspects of stargazing.

When:   Friday, May 12th, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where:  Carpool to the Wildlife Centre for 3 events
Cost:        $10

If weather is uncooperative, Dan’s presentation continues inside the Wildlife Centre theatre

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Saturday Birding Tours
6:30 am to 11:00 am

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:  Meet Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:      $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

All tours meet at the Creston and District Community Complex.


Birding Tour Leaders:


** JUST ADDED!  Peter McIver, Castlegar, B.C 

Peter lives by the Columbia River and is a passionate birder, skier, and world traveller. He has birded in over 70 countries acquiring a life list of 3,947 species. His favourite local birding spot is the Creston Valley where he has recorded 213 species. The Creston Valley Bird Fest is fortunate to have Peter drop in and offer birding tours to Duck and Leach Lake. 

When:   Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
                    Sunday,   May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15,
Limit:        10


Brian Baxter (Libby, Mt.) Raptor Search by Bus

Brian attended Forestry school at Penn State School of Technology, and Wildlife Management education at Western Carolina.  He has over 38 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 16 years, and offers many programs in Montana and Idaho.

When:   Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
                    Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $20,
Limit:        7,  aged 18 and over


Janice Arndt (Nelson, BC)

SOLD OUT
Janice is a birder and biologist who has lived in the Kootenays with her family for over 20 years.  Current projects include coordinating the Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey, monitoring Osprey breeding pairs, and assessing secretive marsh birds and their habitats.  Janice also studies and teaches about butterflies and moths.

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:         $15, ages 12 & under $7.50
Limit:         10
Location: Leach Lake


Ed and Hazel Beynon (Castlegar)

SOLD OUT
Ed is a native of the Kootenays, an avid birder and an outdoors person.  He and Hazel are  members of the West Kootenay Naturalists, and have been involved in  BC Breeding Bird Atlas data collection and in the B.C. Breeding Bird Surveys for 15 years

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:         $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

Saturday Location:  Creston to Duck Lake, Birding all the Way
Sunday Location:    Creston to Duck Lake, Birding all the Way


Kim Asquith (Creston)

SOLD OUT
Saturday Only. 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, 2 dogs and 5 chickens on a small acreage in the Creston Valley.

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:         $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

Saturday Location: Birds and Botany 5 km. walk.
Participants must be able to walk 5 km.


file:///C:/My%20Stuff/002%20-%20WebProjects/CrestonValleyBirdFest/2015/site/images/daryl.jpgDaryl Calder (Cranbrook)

SOLD OUT
Daryl, from Cranbrook, is an active member of Rocky Mountain Naturalists.  He likes to observe and question the finer details of everything Animal, Vegetable and Mineral and is always keen to learn and discuss.  Daryl is an amateur nature writer, hoping others will share his interest in the natural world.

Location: Fox Tree Hill for a walking loop with views down to Tanal Marsh Heron colony; driving tour to Vic Mawson Lake and Lister country roads to see upland birds, possibly bluebirds and meadowlarks.

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:         $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

Location:  Where the birds are 


Alison Grover,  Terrace, BC

SOLD OUT
Alison Grover is a Wildlife Biologist with a B.Sc. in Ecology Honours. Her experience includes research projects regarding bird calls and detection rates, and leisurely birding on every hike she goes on. Her favorite hobbies are anything that includes at least some dirt, snow, trees, or animals!

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:         $15, ages 12 & under $7.50  
Limit:        10.  Best for novices.

Saturday Location:  Wildlife Centre Trails (north)
Sunday Location:    Wildlife Centre Trails


Ulrike Sliworsky, Creston, BC

SOLD OUT
Ulrike is a birder who now 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 20 years in various communities.   Having been a Park Naturalist, she enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of nature.

When:    Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 am
Where:   Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:         $15, ages 12 & under $7.50  

Saturday Location:  Wildlife Centre trails (south). Best for Novices


11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Enjoy lunch at any of Creston's local eateries.

 

Valley Events



Guided Canoe Tours at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area


Join a Naturalist for a one-hour guided canoe tour to experience the sights and sound of this internationally designated wetland.  Paddle the ponds and channels in voyageur style canoe in search of wildlife…birds, moose, turtles…you never know what you might encounter!

Where:
Wildlife Interpretation Centre, 1760 W. Creston Rd
Cost:     
$10; $5 for children 12 years old and under
When:  Saturday, May 13
              
10:30 am to 11:30 am;
                   11:30 am to 12:30 pm;
                    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Limit:    21

Meet at the Wildlife Centre fifteen minutes before launch time.

Website: www.crestonwildlife.ca



Children's Event at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Where:
Wildlife Interpretation Centre, 1760 W. Creston Rd
When: 
Saturday,  May 13, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:     
$1 per child



Fly Fishing with Fisheries Biologist Dennis McDonald  

Dennis McDonald is the retired Kootenay Regional Director of BC Environment and Lands whose earlier career was a Fish and Wildlife Management Biologist with Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division.  He has also been the Chairman of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority and past Co-Chairman of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.  He remains an avid fly fisherman who also teaches fly fishing and fly tying.

All participants must wear eye protection (glasses or sunglasses). Participants will not be doing any actual fishing, so fishing licenses are not required. Learn about the basic equipment, fly-casting techniques, methods for fly fishing streams vs. rivers vs. lakes, care and handling of fish when catching and releasing, and a review of legal requirements to fish in B.C.

Where: Meet at the McDonald property: 1070 Simmons Road, West Creston.
When: 
Saturday, May 13, (12:30 travel time) 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost:    
$30
Limit:  
10, ages 16 +

Click here for a map to Fly Fishing



Art Presentation & Gallery Tour

Art tour to Kunze’s Elevator Art Gallery to see collections of local art. 

“The Nest Project”, by Guest Artist, Tess Stieben, Edmonton Alberta.

Teresa Stieben, BFA, is a visual artist whose work encompasses painting, photography, printmaking and mixed media sculpture. While out gathering reference material for wildlife and bird paintings, Tess noticed many bird nests with trash woven into them, which made her ask “who will hear the last bird sing?” This set Tess on a journey of working with found materials to create over one hundred forty nests that ironically no bird will ever nest in.   Read more here...

Join guest artist, Tess Stieben for a presentation on her “nest project” at the conference room of the Chamber of Commerce across the street from the Kunze Elevator Gallery.  The presentation is comprised of images designed to make the viewer wonder how birds live with the environmental changes we have created. The materials for the “Nest Project” have come from our waste stream. Following the presentation, we will walk across the street to the Elevator Gallery to see the nests and other works of local art.  For more info, please visit her websites at: http://teresastiebenart.blogspot.ca/ and http://teresastieben.blogspot.ca.

Where: Meet at the Creston Valley Visitor’s Centre across Pine St. from the Kunze Elevator Gallery
When: 
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:    
$10


Tour of Swan Valley Honey  

Regretfully cancelled due to a family emergency
Doug and Nora Crumback are pleased to give a tour of their honey farm. The tour includes a visit to the honey extracting facility, a display and explanation of newly assembled bee equipment, and a visit to the bee yard for those not allergic or phobic. Honey can be purchased at their sales office on location.  Bee suits are available on site.

http://www.swanvalleyhoney.ca/

Where: Meet at the Honey Farm: 220 East Placsko Road.
When:  Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:    
$10

Click here for a map to Swan Valley Honey



Kayaking with Paddle and Portage
Recreational Birder Ulrike Sliworsky to Accompany Group


SOLD OUT
Kayak the Kootenay River with birding guide-recreational birder Ulrike Sliworsky.  The Kootenay River offers an easy paddle (great for novices), and you will have an experience you will want to share with friends. For further information about Paddle & Portage please visit our website at www.paddleandportage.ca


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Where: Meet at the Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to parking lot to catch the Ramada Creston bus to the West Creston Channel (French’s Slough) launch on Peterman Road. 
When: 
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost:   
 $45
Limit:     8 participants, must be 18 years or older, each paddler must sign waiver prior to trip.

Our kayaks are single, sit-inside, recreational kayaks that are made for easy access, roominess and stability. Paddle and PFD included.


Photography Workshop with Monte Comeau of Salmo, BC

Award winning Wild Bird and Nature Photographer Workshop will include a presentation showing many images with explanations on how they were captured including camera settings and techniques used to get the best images possible.  We will also touch on post processing that will show you how to get the most out your images quickly.
www.comeauphoto.ca

Where:
Wildlife Centre
When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:    
$30
Limit:   30



Kootenay Meadows Organic Dairy Farm Tour 

Guided tour of organic dairy farm followed by cheese tasting and explanation of the cheese-making process. Patrons may not go inside the cheese-making or milk bottling facility for cross contamination reasons. Feel free to peruse the bird-friendly pastures, ponds, and creek on the farm property.

http://www.kootenayalpinecheese.com/

Where:   
Meet at the Dairy located at Kootenay Alpine Cheese, 3071 16th Street, Creston, BC 
When:   
Saturday, May 13, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost:    
$10

Click here for a map to Kootenay Meadows



Tour of the Food Forest with Melissa Flint

Come take a look a 3 year old Food Forest at the College of the Rockies. The food forest is designed to mimic natural ecosystems in function and interrelationships while providing, food, beauty, medicine, pollinator habitat, bird habitat, and outdoor learning opportunities. Learn about the many different species of plants in the food forest and taste what is in season.

Where:
College of the Rockies
When:  Saturday, May 13, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost:    
$10


Plants that Heal - First Aid from the Field with Rachel Beck

SOLD OUT
Herbalist Rachel Beck will introduce you to plants that help if you are burned, cut, bit or stung while out birding or camping in the wilds of Creston. 

Rachel Beck is a qualified medical herbalist, having trained both in Canada and the UK, and teaches the highly successful Herbal Practitioner Program at the College of the Rockies. She is also co-owner of Tilia Botanicals a herbal apothecary shop in Creston BC.   

WhenSaturday, May 13, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Meet at the College of the Rockies
Cost:    
$10



Keynote Speaker - Brian Keating
A Natural Relationship

When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017,  7:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: 
Prince Charles Secondary School Auditorium
223-18th Ave. S. Creston, BC
Cost:  $20 adults, $2 ages 12 & under, $25 at the door

To celebrate the 5th year of the Creston Valley Bird Fest, Brian Keating, well-known adventure traveller and naturalist, will give an all new presentation with stories and video segments especially selected for the Creston audience.

Brian Keating, former naturalist at the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre, is an adventurer, world traveller, and leader of some 80 expeditions to remote locations around the world. 

This experience, coupled with his earlier career of running the Calgary Zoo’s education program for 15 years, has given him an unusual insight into the importance of nature appreciation in both young and old.  

To highlight what has been termed the “Nature Deficit Disorder”, Brian intends to take you on a journey exploring the importance of the natural experience, the effects on health and psychological well being, and the basic need to stay connected with the very substance that makes us human.  Brian will take you on a visual journey to some very special places to illustrate the importance of ‘unplugging’ and getting out side.   

Using his informative and often humorous method of live-narrated video, he promises to share some very special natural moments, guaranteed to drive home the message that a greener planet is not only nice, but necessary for our very survival.

Visit his website for more information about Brian.

Intermission goodies provided by PAWS. There will be a raffle draw.
Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Birding with Ed McMackin

Four one-hour birdwatching sessions with biologist Ed McMackin.  Ed has been birding in the valley for over 40 years and is excellent at bird identification by sound.

Ed McMackin writes the “Out There” column in the Creston Valley Advance describing fascinating events happening in the bird, animal, and insect world. He is a biologist by profession, naturalist by nature.

WhenSunday, May 14, 6:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Meet at Schikurski Park-1400 Regina St
Cost:     $10

Click here for a map to Schikurski Park



Sunday Birding Tours

When:    Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:      $15, ages 12 & under $7.50


** JUST ADDED!  Peter McIver, Castlegar, B.C 

Peter lives by the Columbia River and is a passionate birder, skier, and world traveller. He has birded in over 70 countries acquiring a life list of 3,947 species. His favourite local birding spot is the Creston Valley where he has recorded 213 species. The Creston Valley Bird Fest is fortunate to have Peter drop in and offer birding tours to Duck and Leach Lake. 

When:   Sunday,   May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15,
Limit:        10


Brian Baxter (Libby, Mt.)  Raptor Search by Bus

SOLD OUT
When:   Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $20,
Limit:        7,  aged 18 and over


Ed and Hazel Beynon (Castlegar)

SOLD OUT
When:   Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

Location:  Creston to Duck Lake - Birding all the way


Daryl Calder (Cranbrook)

When:  
Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15, ages 12 & under $7.50

Location:  Where the birds are


Alison Grover

SOLD OUT
When:   Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15, ages 12 & under $7.50
Limit:        10

Location:  Wildlife Centre Trails


Rob Woods, Cranbrook, BC

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Rob’s interest in birding began in the Creston Valley in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s with his father. They would go out on the May long weekend when Rob was visiting from Calgary. On one such weekend in 1980, Rob remembers the boom and the ash fall-out from the Mt. St. Helen’s eruption. Since that time, Rob and family have live in Nova Scotia, participating in Christmas Bird Counts and hosting birding trips for the Nova Scotia Bird Society. The family is happily back in the Kootenays, residing in Cranbrook, B.C.

When:   Sunday, May 14th, 6:30 am
Where:  Creston and District Community Complex parking lot to carpool
Cost:        $15, ages 12 & under $7.50
Limit:     10

Location:    Corn Creek Pipeline/Summit Creek looking for early warblers, flycatchers and other song birds.



Kayaking with Paddle and Portage
Biologist and recreational birder, Kim Asquith, to accompany group.


SOLD OUT
The Kootenay River offers an easy paddle (great for novices), and you will have an experience you will want to share with friends. For further information about Paddle & Portage please visit our website at www.paddleandportage.ca


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Where:
West Creston Channel (French’s Slough) launch on Peterman Road 
When: 
Sunday, May 14th, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cost:   
 $45
Limit:     8 participants, must be 18 years or older, each paddler must sign waiver prior to trip.

Our kayaks are single, sit-inside, recreational kayaks that are made for easy access, roominess and stability. Paddle and PFD included.

Wind Down at the Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
** No registration required **

Where:
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
When: 
Sunday, May 14th, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost:      FREE!