Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory is located on the west side of Hwy. 97, 1 km north of Vaseux Lake and 4 km south of Okanagan Falls, BC. It is a member of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. The Canadian Wildlife Service monitored migration at a site at the north end of Vaseux Lake from 1994 to 1998. After a 2-year hiatus, the station was revived by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and moved 1 km north because of changes to the initial site. It is located on land owned by Environment Canada (Vaseux Bighorn National Wildlife Area) and by BC Ministry of Environment. Species commonly sampled are Orange-crowned Warbler, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, “Audubon’s” Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat. The station operates every morning from August 1 through October 15. Migrants are sampled through banding (with 14 mist nets), a daily census, and general observations.
Visitors are welcome; if you’re interested in volunteering please email the station coordinators Jason and Matthias Bieber (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory receives regular funding from Environment Canada, Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance, Baillie Birdathon, and Oliver Kiwanis, and has also received grants from the British Columbia Field Ornithologists, South Okanagan Naturalists Club and the Vancouver Foundation. Thank you!
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