The Osoyoos Desert Society’s very popular Winter Program Series is back for another late-winter, early-spring run this year, with Saturday afternoon events looking at birds, bighorn sheep and bears, heirloom seeds and frogs.
The Society’s 2019 Movie & An Expert series includes four programs, each featuring a documentary film followed by a guest speaker.
The four programs — scheduled for the Watermark Bach Resort — include:
- February 16 — Bird Brain, a documentary exploring the intelligence of birds. The film features astonishing tests of avian aptitude, from jackdaws “reading” human faces to crows solving multi-step puzzles. After the film, Terry Tellier with the South Okanagan Hummingbird Banding Team will discuss local hummingbirds and the process used to trap and band them.
- February 23 — A program from the North America series. The documentary explores the daily battle for survival faced by wildlife living in the upper reaches of the continent. From head-bashing bighorn sheep to avalanche-dodging grizzlies, the film showcases the extremes and the wonders of North America’s mountains and forests. Following the movie, BC government biologist Craig McLean will discuss the behaviour and biology of BC’s bighorn sheep.
- March 16 — SEED: The Untold Story, a documentary highlighting the importance of heirloom seeds to agriculture worldwide. It follows passionate seed keepers working to protect our 12,000 year-old food legacy. Desert Society President Lee McFadyen, an experienced seed saver and long-time organic farmer, will be on hand to share her knowledge and insights about the vital role of seeds.
- March 23 — Fabulous Frogs explores the weird and wonderful world of frogs. In the documentary, naturalist David Attenborough takes a close-up look at these charismatic, colourful and frequently bizarre little animals. After the film, frogs and other amphibians will be the focus of a presentation by conservation researcher Stephanie Winton.
Admission to the Osoyoos Desert Society’s Winter Program Series is by donation. Programs run from 2 to 4 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort.
For more information about the series, contact the Osoyoos Desert Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-495-2470. To stay up-to-date on all of the Desert Society’s events, visit www.desert.org and click on the News and Events page.
While on the website, you might also want to consider donating to the society’s new building fund, its effort to replace ailing structures with a new facility.
The Osoyoos Desert Society is a non-profit society founded in 1991 to conserve the biologically rich and diverse habitats of British Columbia’s Southern Interior. Through habitat conservation, restoration and education, the Society strives to generate public knowledge, respect and active concern for ecosystems worldwide.
It also maintains the Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67-acre nature interpretive facility located three km north of Osoyoos. On site, you can enjoy a guided or self-guided tour along the Centre’s 1.5 km boardwalk, explore hands-on displays in the interpretive building and stroll through the native plant demonstration garden.