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North Okanagan group gearing up for the annual swan, eagle count

The 2017 swan and eagle count is set to take place on January 15, 2016.
Image Credit: Claude Rioux

VERNON – A North Okanagan naturalist club is looking for new and experienced bird watchers to take part in the annual swan and eagle count.

The count will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, according to media release from the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club. The count zone covers four areas with nine different routes in the region.

Participating groups are spread across the region with some in Sicamous, Mabel Lake via Lavington and Lumby, and Enderby through Kingfisher and Mabel Lake. In Vernon, groups stretch across Kalamalka Lake, the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake and the Head of the Lake areas.

This is the 35th year for the swan count and 23rd year for eagles, the release states, which monitors the population of the birds in the Southern Interior.

Numbers from the count are combined with others from the Interior to form a database used by university students and graduate ornithologists.

To join in, contact count coordinator Aaron Deans at 250-542-5122 or email

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