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Posted: May 3, 2014

18th annual Wings Over the Rockies begins May 5

Each year the Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival volunteer Board of Directors selects a theme to focus our presenters and event leaders and educate our participants.

wings2Our theme for 2014 is the Mystery of Migration and the Festival coincides with International Migratory Bird Day May 10.

Welcome to the 18th annual Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival. The events, 90 in all, have been added to our website for the 2014 Festival.

Please take some time to look through these events that take place throughout the valley, from Cranbrook to Golden, but as always the focal point of the Wings Festival is Invermere’s historic Pynelogs Cultural Centre, situated adjacent to Kinsmen Beach on beautiful Lake Windermere.

Who better to unlock some of these mysteries than our keynote speaker and guest naturalist, Brian Keating. Brian is a world-renowned naturalist whose personal migrations have explored nearly 50 countries on all seven continents. He will be spending three full days at the festival teaching us about the world’s astonishing, fragile biodiversity and the need to conserve it, giving school presentations, leading a field trip with Cam Gillies and we’ve even squeezed in an extra luncheon presentation, ‘Hiking with Asses.’

Pat Morrow is back with an evening presentation on how he reached Antarctica’s highest mountain, Vinson Massif, to complete his Seven Summits Quest in 1985. The Birdsong Man, John Neville, is bringing us a stunning audiovisual presentation, ‘Raptors of Canada.’

Not a birder, don’t worry. Cathy Parkes is offering Birding for Dummies. There are many excursions to choose from including Bedrock Geology by Walter Benstead, Migration with Gail Berg and Joyce Hutchinson, the historic K2 Ranch Village Walk and the Akisqnuk First Nation Cultural Welcome to the Wetlands. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are offering a Track through our Watershed series of tours throughout the week.

We hope you will enjoy the full week field trips, presentations, workshops, hikes and paddles culminating with the Wings Gala Banquet at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Image

Jim Bonny, Chair of Wings Over the Rockies

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