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The Okanagan Valley is considered by many to be unique in Canada, and in some ways it is.
Solve some of your gift buying problems and help the environment without even leaving home.
Briefly touching on a number of issues that have been in the news (sometimes buried) and could easily have escaped your notice.
U.S. authorities estimate that about 31 per cent of all U.S. honey bee hives ceased functioning during the year 2012
The loss to growers from starlings is estimated at about $4 million per year for the Okanagan-Similkameen
Eleven different species of birds of prey were seen during the Christmas bird count in Penticton
There have been reports of at least four snowy owls in the central and south Okanagan
The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club is co-sponsoring with the Penticton Museum a juried art show
Nov. 3 dinner will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited Canada's Penticton chapter
Is the B.C. government taking invasive species seriously enough?
There seems to be a disconnect between what residents want and what the local politicians are delivering
Canada's bird populations have seen a significant decline in recent years, especially insectivores that eat flying bugs
No matter how draconian our laws, the oil companies would still be lined up waiting to extract our resources
The first rufous hummingbirds were reported in Oliver on April 12
Wind farms proposed for near Summerland could pose a threat to bird and bat populations
Some items Okanagan nature lovers would love to find under the tree this Christmas
Numerous species of invasive animals are making their home in the South Okanagan
Next month brings an event that is extremely important in many respects and yet is ignored by a large portion of RDOS residents. I refer of course to the municipal elections. Many issues that affect the quality of our everyday life are determined at the local level, and even those which are ultimately decided by provincial officials can often be influenced by pressure from the local level. I think it is very important that we all participate in choosing our local leaders.
Members of the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club are assisting the Penticton Golf & Country Club in its quest to achieve certification under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses which recognizes golf courses that “protect the environment, conserve natural resources and provide wildlife habitats.”
It is generally accepted that society has the right to enact laws and bylaws that may infringe on some individual rights but are for the greater good. Such laws range from the requirement to be licensed and insured before driving a motor vehicle to the control of dogs. It seems to me that it is not unreasonable to insist that animal control laws such as apply to dogs should also apply to cats. There are sound reasons, backed by scientific studies, that support the licensing and control of cats.