Nature Wise Columnist Bob Handfield

Nature Wise: Nature photography contest

The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club is sponsoring a nature photography contest

Now that all of the electioneering is out of the way, let’s focus on some fun stuff.

The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club is sponsoring a nature photography contest next year for amateur photographers who are residents of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. There will be multiple categories such as wildflowers, landscapes, waterfowl, etc. The photos must have been taken within the geographic limits of the RDOS. There will prizes in every category and the winning photos will be featured in local media. The photos will also be displayed in an exhibition celebrating nature in the South Okanagan-Similkameen to be held at the Penticton Museum in the fall of 2018. The contest will close in June of 2018. Full contest details will be available on our website and elsewhere later this summer.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, BioBlitz Canada 150 is bringing together the Canadian public with scientists and naturalists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and celebrate our natural heritage. Participants will explore dozens of ecologically important areas across Canada. It’s Canada’s “nature selfie,” and you’re invited.

The South Okanagan Bioblitz is one of 20 community blitzes being held across Canada in addition to flagship blitzes in capital cities and parks of note. There is no fee to participate although pre-registration is required. Enjoy a day in nature and learn more about local species, and habitats. Check out www.bioblitzcanada.ca for all the details and where to meet for each group. All events are on June 10 with the exception of the two night events which are on June 9.

The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. See our website, southokanagannature.com, for meeting details.