The Western Rattlesnake is facing extinction in the White Lake Basin largely due to vehicular deaths. (Submitted)

The Western Rattlesnake is facing extinction in the White Lake Basin largely due to vehicular deaths. (Submitted)

Improving relations between farmers and wildlife

OSCA offers Managing for Wildlife on the Farm workshop

The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is offering a workshop aimed at helping the agricultural industry interact better with wildlife.

Managing for Wildlife on the Farm is open to all farmers and agricultural workers and takes place Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Workshop participants will learn how to safely and effectively interact with birds, bears, bats, rattlesnakes and amphibians on their properties, observe real-life projects that protect species-at-risk and learn how to access funding for their own conservation projects.

“The Okanagan is among the most biologically diverse regions of Canada,“ says OSCA ECOstudies co-ordinator, Tanya Brouwers. “That diversity and many of our unique and special species are also the most threatened. For those working the land on a daily basis in farming and agriculture, there are some very simple but effective things they can do to help protect those species.”

Related: Rattlesnakes in parts of South OK could be hissssss-tory

The workshop takes place at the Nature Trust of B.C.’s Okanagan Falls Biodiversity Ranch, 3831 McLean Creek Rd. Admission is free but participants are asked to register in advance as space is limited. To register and for more information contact Tanya Brouwers, 250-490-6279 or ecostudies@osca.org.


Steve Kidd
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