Get outside! and go bird watching in Vernon – Vernon Morning Star
Have you ever been to Swan Lake Nature Reserve Park?
Swan Lake is one of the most important areas for waterfowl in southern British Columbia and is a critical stop on a flyway.
With fall fast approaching, this is a wonderful park for viewing remarkably rare birds in the Okanagan like American white pelicans and trumpeter swans that migrate through.
Stay tuned to the North Okanagan Naturalist Club Facebook site for their arrival updates and bring your binoculars and enjoy!
This is a unique and exceptional bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve, not a dog walking park. Dogs are not allowed! So take Fido somewhere else for a getaway.
This valley-bottom park surrounds the southern end of Swan Lake with rolling pastoral meadows flanked by wooded hills and a dramatic sweeping landscape of meadow-style blue skies above.
It is 360 degrees of breathtaking panoramic landscapes.
Some of the best bird sightings in British Columbia can be found here, by the lake and surrounding wetlands.
It is a breeding, nesting and migration refuge for ducks, waterfowl, marsh birds and more.
Rolling grasslands that rise from wetlands create rich habitats for even more wildlife, including amphibians, reptiles and small mammals.
Raptors (birds of prey) frequently hunt here.
And our great blue herons, which nest in the last group of tall, old poplars in the commercial area of Vernon, hunt snakes, frogs, fish and insects at Swan Lake. You can spot their massive nests, especially during the winter and spring without leaves. So raise your eyes and look around when you are here.
The North Okanagan Naturalist Club (NONC) recently kindly built an impressive lookout tower along the trail. Interpretive panels inside help identify your sightings. Three interpretive panels, also along the gentle two-kilometer loop, describe the fauna and ecology and tell the story of the territory.
The lake itself, and the shoreline to the high water mark, is a provincial wildlife management area because of its importance to migratory and nesting birds. The marsh is owned by Ducks Unlimited Canada. RDNO manages the entire property and NONC is a steward. NONC members are involved in the preservation and restoration of this precious lake and marsh area.
To get there, head north on Old Kamloops Road. Approximately 2.3 kilometers from the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Alexis Park Drive, turn right at the Swan Lake Regional Park sign at Stawn’s Honey, then follow the gravel road for 0.7 km to parking lot at the start of the trail.
Visit nonc.ca, then choose natural sites for a great photo of the new observation tower and a list of other great natural sites around Vernon. Enjoy!
PS – Look to see who wrote and designed the signs.
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