The Penticton Museum and Library are offering take-home bird watching and craft kits.

Penticton is going to the birds this spring

Penticton Library and Museum offering take home birding kits

One could say the Penticton Public Library has gone to the birds.

Beginning March 16, library patrons will be able to borrow Birdwatching Backpacks from its Library of Things, free with a library card (or a BC One Card) and it will be full of tools and tips for the beginner ornithophile.

“The Library of Things has been very popular,” says chief librarian Heather Buzzell. “With spring almost here, we thought this would be a fabulous item to include for patrons to borrow while safely exploring the outdoors.”

Amongst the items in the backpack are a pair of binoculars, several pocket guides to birding, a copy of Best Places to Bird in British Columbia, and a laminated guide with birding tips. Once borrowed, the backpacks must be returned to the library’s service desk and are subject to normal fines and late fees.

On March 25, the library is hosting a Birdwatching for Beginners virtual event from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom to introduce the basics. To sign up, send an email to

Birdwatching is one of the fastest growing pastimes in North America. It supports S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math – learning, and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

The Penticton Museum also has birds on the brain.

Do some bird watching in your backyard and beyond, make a bird mask, learn some bird jokes, do some colouring, and much more is available in the Backyard Bird Guide Crafternoon Take Home Kits now available at the Penticton Museum.

Out of respect for other families, one kit per household please.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Museum is at 785 Main St.

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