2011/2012 - Experience Group

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2011/2012 - Experience Group

Backyard SafariLions, tigers and bears, oh my! Wouldn’t youlove to head out on a safari to see exoticanimals? But, before you pack your bagsand buy that airline ticket, did you know thata one-of-a-kind habitat with rare and endangeredwildlife can be found right here in BritishColumbia? Nestled into the southernmostcorner of the Okanagan Valley is an extraordinaryhabitat that is home to an incrediblediversity of plants and animals. Popularlyreferred to as Canada’s “pocket desert,”this dry, shrub-steppe grassland is one ofCanada’s most endangered ecosystems.Situated within this natural treasure is theOsoyoos Desert Centre – a 67 acre natureinterpretive facility created to conserve andshowcase the region’s unique and diversewildlife. At the Desert Centre, visitors canexplore Canada’s desert by taking a guidedor self-guided tour along the Centre’s 1.5 kmboardwalk. The Centre also features an interpretivearea with interactive exhibits, anda native plant demonstration garden.From the abundant bird life to the multitudeof flowering plants, there’s plenty of exoticwildlife to learn about during your safari.Keep a camera handy and see if you’re quickenough to take a photo of BC’s fastest snake– the yellow bellied racer. Or, bring your binocularsto catch a closer look at eagles andhawks soaring overhead. Look carefully andyou might see a tiny Nuttall’s cottontail hidingin the brush, or spot traces of a bobcat’s dinner.Come see what wildlife you encounteron your ‘backyard safari’ and learn about themany rare and endangered animals that callthis habitat home.The Osoyoos Centre is located 3 km northof Osoyoos and is open daily from late Aprilthrough early October. The boardwalk,interpretive centre and garden are wheelchairaccessible. Self-guided tours alongthe boardwalk are available daily, guidedtours run at 10:00 am, noon and 2:00 pmfrom mid-May through mid-September. TheOsoyoos Desert Centre is operated by theOsoyoos Desert Society, a non-profit organization.Through education and conservation,the Society strives to generate publicknowledge, respect and active concern forendangered ecosystems.We invite you to experience the beauty ofCanada’s desert, discover fascinating factsabout our ‘exotic’ local wildlife, and find outwhat conservation efforts are underway toconserve this unique ecosystem. So, grabyour camera and binoculars, your sunscreenand favourite hat, and take a backyard safariat the Osoyoos Desert Centre – a rare andwild world awaits you!by: Denise EastlickExecutive DirectorOsoyoos Desert SocietyFor more information, call 250-495-2470 ortoll free 1-877-899-0897.Visit our website at www.desert.orgS o u t h O k a n a g a n S i m i l k a m e e n | 3

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