Osoyoos Desert Society begins winter series.

This year’s four-part series takes a close-up look at some of the South Okanagan's most notable wildlife

In February and March, the Osoyoos Desert Society will once again be hosting its popular Winter Program Series. This year’s four-part series takes a close-up look at some of the area’s most notable wildlife, and features an exciting line-up of local experts, films, behind-thescenes tours, and more.

The series kicks off on Feb. 9 with a lecture presentation and film focusing on butterflies. One of nature’s most remarkable phenomena, the epic migration of the monarch butterfly, will be explored in the documentary film The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies. Afterwards, lepidopterist Dennis St. John will take a closer look at the rich diversity of butterflies in British Columbia.

The second program in the series, Cavity Nesting Birds-The Inside Scoop, will be held on Feb. 23. Sherry Linn, with the Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society, will share her in-depth knowledge and fascinating first-hand accounts of bluebirds, house wrens, tree swallows and other local cavity nesters.

On March 9, salmon are the featured species. Watch millions of salmon return to the streams where they were born in the stunning documentary, The Great Salmon Run. Following the film, naturalist Lee McFadyen will be on hand to talk about our local salmon run.

The final program in the series, Birds of Prey, runs March 23 and features a behind-the-scenes visit to the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls. Participants will tour the SORCO facility with executive manager Lauren Meads, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the rehabilitation and release process and meet Houdini, the great horned owl. Tour space is limited and advance registration is required.

Admission for the Osoyoos Desert Society’s Winter Program Series is by donation. Programs run from 2 to 4 p.m. and are held at the Watermark Beach Resort, except for Birds of Prey which takes place at the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls. For more information, or to reserve a space for the SORCO tour, contact the Osoyoos Desert Society at education@desert.org or 250-495-2470.

The Osoyoos Desert Society is a nonprofit society that was founded in 1991 to conserve the biologically rich and diverse habitats of British Columbia’s Southern Interior. Through habitat conservation, restoration and education, the Society strives to generate public knowledge, respect and active concern for ecosystems worldwide.