Presentation: Birds and Beasts of Okanagan Mountain Park with Les Gyug


October 10th, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Princeton Museum
167 Vermilion Ave, Princeton, British Columbia, v0x1w0

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Birds and Beasts of Okanagan Mountain Park Before and After the 2003 Firestorm with Les Gyug

The Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has been doing a “Bird and Critter Count” annually in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park since 1993. This has made for an ideal and unique opportunity to compare the effects of fire on birds and other animals with a reliable base-line before the fire to compare to long-term results after the fire. Les will present the sometimes expected, and sometimes startling, results of those counts.

Les is a self-employed biologist who has lived and worked in the southern interior of B.C. for the past 35 years. His work has included environmental consulting and monitoring, habitat modelling, and designing and conducting wildlife research and inventories for all manner of wildlife from mice to moose and birds to bears. He has conducted bird surveys of many sorts for over 40 years, but lately has specialized in working with species-at-risk, particularly sapsuckers and woodpeckers. He has been an active member of the Central Okanagan Naturalists Club for 30 years.