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Posted: October 17, 2016

The Rut not the Run

Ever wonder what it is like to see Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in full rutting action? Or maybe you are curious about grizzly bears?  Then the Headbanger Festival 2016 is for you!

The annual Headbanger Festival is happening November 5 and 6 in Radium Hot Springs. The Bighorn Sheep have been Radium residents for decades and their daily presence and beauty is something we are proud to celebrate.

This event will not only give you the opportunity to witness our horny friends in rutting action, but you will also get a chance to learn all about them from some of our local Bighorn Sheep specialists. In addition to learning about the Bighorn we are adding a banquet and key note speaker.  The weekend will be full of hands-on, interactive workshops that will provide you with all you need to know about Bighorn Sheep, Urban Wildlife Issues, Grizzly Bears and Parks Canada Restoration Areas.

Saturday starts off with a workshop about the Bighorn Sheep herd that lives in Radium Hot Springs.  Their habits, size and personalities will all be discussed. WildSafe BC will then present a workshop on living with the wildlife in this area. In the afternoon Jim Lawrence and Barb Butchart will share with us their experiences in photographing and having wildlife as their subject for art.

Charlie Russell
Charlie Russell

This year we are honoured to have Charlie Russell, world renowned Grizzly Bear advocate and bear expert , as our guest speaker for the dinner on Saturday night. Charlie will share with us his experiences and findings working and living with the grizzlies. This is a “not to be missed” opportunity.

Sunday morning the whole family can participate in an art workshop that will feature the making of a plaster paw print to take home, painting a mosaic Bighorn Sheep family that will live somewhere in the Village of Radium Hot Springs and drawing a Bighorn Sheep greeting card so you can tell all of your friends and family about your amazing experience.

Sunday afternoon we will have two interpretive hikes so take your pick… learn about the Redstreak Restoration Area for the Bighorn Sheep or hike by the Sinclair Creek and learn about the vegetation and wildlife corridor in the middle of our town.

Keep your eyes open because there will even be visits throughout the two days from our Village Mascot – Randy the Ram! Looking forward to seeing you in Radium Hot Springs for the Headbanger Festival…the Rut not the Run!

See the full event schedule and more info HERE.

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