Residents urged to Walk for Wildlife

The North Okanagan is lacing up to Walk for Wildlife in a Canada-wide celebration of nature.

The North Okanagan is lacing up to Walk for Wildlife in a Canada-wide celebration of nature.

National Wildlife Week is underway, and to celebrate, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club, the Ribbons of Green Trail Society and Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park will host a regional Walk for Wildlife event Saturday.

The Walk for Wildlife will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations:

n Swan Lake Nature Reserve (off Old Kamloops Road)

n Middleton Mountain Regional Park (off Mt. Ida Road)

n Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park (main gate Kidston Road)

“The Walk for Wildlife event is a regional celebration of wildlife and habitat for public to come out to enjoy nature on one or more of three of the North Okanagan region’s best trail assets,” said Aaron Deans, ABNC executive director.

“We will be giving away lots of free stuff, engaging public on guided nature walks and encouraging youth (14 years and under) to enter the Allan Brooks Nature Centre All Things Natural photo contest.”

Youth are encouraged to take nature-themed photos during the event and enter the All Things Natural photo contest. All photo entries should be clearly labeled with the name and age of the photographer and submitted to: atn.photocontest@gmail.com.

Members from each host organization will be on-site to coordinate public sign-up and participation, including tracking all kilometers walked.

The Walk for Wildlife campaign is a Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative that is now in its third year.

Some of the materials to be given away include: Canadian Wildlife Federation 2012 calendars, and Walk for Wildlife pins, and B.C. Ministry of Environment species information sheets.

In-kind support is also being provided by Regional District North Okanagan, City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, Rancho Vignola, Vernon Telescope Nature and Science, and Vantage One Credit Union.