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Wings Over the Rockies Festival

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1,300 nature lovers have already signed up for events.  Photo by Larry Halverson


May 7-13, 2012 - Invermere, BC

Have you ever come back from a trip to another province or another country and marveled at our own backyard: the Rockies, the Purcells and the Columbia wetlands? Well, that's the theme of the 2012 Wings Over the Rockies Festival-- Our Backyard, the Envy of the World.

The Festival Events include a full week of field trips, presentations, hikes and paddles for you to enjoy. The Festival culminates with the Gala Banquet and our keynote speaker Bruce Kirkby, adventure traveler, bestselling author, photographer, former CBC television host, and Globe and Mail columnist whose home is in Kimberley.  
Some of the week's presentations include ornithologist Dr. Rob Butler, Russell Cannings who spotted a BC record setting 373 bird species in 2010, Leo Grillmair and Pat Morrow sharing their knowledge of the Bugaboos, Nadine Fletcher and Joel Hagen exploring the brainpower of birds, Howard Heffler exposing David Thompson as a birder, and geologist Bill Ayrton explaining the evolution of our backyard.
The focal point for the Wings Festival is the historic Pynelogs Cultural Centre, beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Windermere in Invermere. This is where to come for registration, evening presentations, the Bugaboos exhibit, an art show, silent and live auction items on display, and the Wings Roost Room.

For full details go to Wings Over the Rockies