Wayne C. Weber contopus at shaw.ca
Sat Mar 30 21:04:07 PST 2002


Laurie Rockwell, one of the organizers, has asked me to distribute
this notice about the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American
Bluebird Society (NABS) in Penticton, B.C. this June.

NABS is the premier organization for people who operate bluebird
nest-box trails, or who are concerned about bluebird conservation.
I've been a member since 1978, and can vouch for the important role
played by NABS in bluebird recovery.

Unfortunately, the meeting is on the same weekend (!) as the WOS
meeting in Okanogan. However, if you can pass up WOS for once, or are
more interested in bluebird conservation and recovery than in birding,
please consider joining NABS in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of B.C.
The meeting will feature much more than just bluebird lore.

Wayne C. Weber
Kamloops, BC
contopus at shaw.ca

The official meeting notice is as follows:


Hosted by the
Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society

Join us as The Blue Turns Silver. The Southern Interior Bluebird Trail
Society are the hosts of the North American Bluebird Society 25th
Conference. It will be held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort June 13th
to 16th, 2002. You do not have to be a member of any group or club to
attend. Everyone is welcome!

Event activities include:

Thursday June 13th (No fee)

10:00am to 9:00pm-- Registration, exhibits, networking and evening

Friday June 14th ($35.00 per person)

7:30am to 4:00pm-- Choose one of three guided FIELD TRIPS ~ Trip
commentaries by naturalists, historians and expert birders. You are
guaranteed to spot both Mountain and Western Bluebirds on these trips.

All trips are via air-conditioned buses ~ Lunch and admissions

a. Summerland ~ A walk on a bluebird trail at the Thomas Ranch, then
north to the Agricultural Research Station and Ornamental Gardens in
Summerland for lunch. Canyon views, old Kettle Valley Railway trestle,
birding and tour through Summerland Sweets; a short stop at the Trout
Hatchery and end with a winery tour.
b. Circle Tour ~ White Lake/Grist Mill/Osoyoos Desert Centre - First
stop, the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Station at White Lake. Bluebird
trails surround the area. Keremeos and the Grist Mill for lunch. An
afternoon stroll on the Osoyoos Desert boardwalk can be a heated
experience - be sure to bring your hat and sunscreen.
c. Desert and Mountains ~ Vaseux Lake wildlife area has riparian
habitat and is complete with a bird blind at the end of a short
boardwalk. South to Road #22 which is know for excellent birding along
the river channel and oxbow areas. On to Osoyoos Desert Centre to view
the restoration project and transcontinental bluebird site. Lunch at
Haynes Point where there is a boardwalk through a wetland marsh. Then
up the Anarchist Mountain east of Osoyoos.
4:00pm to 9:00pm-- Exhibit area open - everyone welcome (No fee)

6:00pm to 9:00pm-- Barbeque by the lake ~ Penticton Lakeside Resort

Saturday June 15th (Includes lunch and nutrition breaks)

8:00am to 5:00pm-- Speakers program, exhibit displays, lunch provided

Speakers include: BC Ornithologist ~ Wayne Campbell, biologist ~ Dick
Cannings, Owl Rehab expert and educator ~ Sherri Klein, Filmmakers and
Wildlife Photographers ~ Jeff and Sue Turner plus noted Historian ~
Doug Cox.

6:00pm to 7:00pm-- No host bar

7:00pm to 9:30pm-- NABS Annual Banquet and Silent Auction

Keynote speakers: John and Mary Theberge ~ Wolf Researchers

Sunday June 16th-- Take a walk on the wild side with local historian ~
Doug Cox

Enjoy a 2 hour Birding walk with Doug, while he explains local history
and shows you views of the valley near Hillside Estate Winery.

(The above schedule is subject to minor changes prior to the start of
the conference)

The cost for all the events: $115.00 CDN or $79.00 US. Cheques on US
banks accepted for payment in US funds. Be eligible to win prizes for
booking early ~ before April 30th.

Register for the whole conference or pick and choose the events you
wish to attend.

For more information go to:

NABS Website at www.nabluebirdsociety.org/annual2.htm

Penticton Lakeside Resort ~ 1-800-663-9400

Terry Tellier 250-493-4634 t.tellier at shaw.ca

Webpage http://members.shaw.ca/t.tellier/bluebirds/

Sherry Linn 250-495-7891 goldstrm at vip.net

"Join Us as the Blue Turns Silver"
NABS 2002 ~ June 13th to 16th
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