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Celebrate salmon at 2 open houses in Penticton and Oliver

Interpreters share story of sockeyes’ 6,000-km journey to the ocean and back
The return of the sockeye salmon to the Okanagan Valley watershed is the result of an initiative by the Okanagan Nation Alliance to restore the spawning channel capabilities of the Okanagan River. (File photo)

Did you know that the Okanagan River is one of only two of the remaining sockeye salmon spawning grounds in the Columbia watershed?

Join Lee McFadyen and Ella Braden to learn about the many salmon spawning enhancement projects along the Okanagan River and about the fascinating life cycle of these fish as they make the 6,000 km journey to the ocean and back.

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA) and the Okanagan Nation Alliance are hosting two “Celebrate Our Salmon”open houses in the South Okanagan on the Okanagan River.

The first open house is Sunday Oct. 15 at the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative site just north of Oliver. The second open house will be Sunday, Oct. 22 in Penticton at the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative spawning beds at the Okanagan Lake dam just south of Okanagan Lake.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the return of sockeye salmon coming home after a 6000-kilometre journey to the ocean and back. Interpreters will be on hand to talk about the life cycle of the sockeye salmon, the challenges these fish face as they travel through different habitats and the restoration initiatives throughout the Okanagan Lake watershed.

The events run rain or shine.

For more information contact 250-809-6774 or ecostudies@osca.or.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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