Columbia Valley & East Kootenay
Wings Over the Rockies Organization250-342-2473|http://wingsovertherockies.org
Wings Over the Rockies Organization is the dedicated inspiration and force behind the Wings Over the Rockies Festival which is held in Invemere and the surrounding area each year during the first week in May.
The organization’s patron, Robert Bateman, world-renowned wildlife artist and environmentalist, describes the festival by saying,
“The Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival’ conjures up an image of all that is great about Canada… spectacular scenery, abundant nature and a warm, human spirit of getting together in a worthy cause. The world over, when people think of Canada, they think of the glory of the Rockies. When you combine this with the upper reaches of the mighty Columbia, you have an unsurpassed natural setting. The continuous wetlands along the river are perfect as breeding areas and staging places for a significant number of bird species. This and the many other habitats provide a variety of ecosystems which will bring joy to any naturalist. But the idea of this festival goes far beyond a “get-together” of serious naturalists. It is an ideal chance for everyone to learn and share the excitement of nature “in the flesh” so to speak.”
The Wings Organization re-invests profits from the festival into conservation and education projects. Over the years, they have supported:
- Several habitat research, restoration and interpretive projects
- Wild Voices for Kids, sponsoring environmental education by the Columbia Basin Environmental Education network Wings speakers’ presentations in local schools
- The Columbia River Greenways Alliance which establishes networks of corridors for humans and wildlife
- Project Take Flight raptor rehabilitation cage
Wings Over the Rockies Organization has created a legacy that will continue to inspire a long-term vision of sustainability for the communities in the Columbia Valley, making room for both humans and natural systems to live in harmony. The festival’s appearance in our midst each spring offers all valley residents a renewal of that vision.
For further information about Wings Over the Rockies Organization, email to gro.s1516475271eikco1516475271rehtr1516475271evosg1516475271niw@o1516475271fni1516475271.
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