Get ready for the Chickadee Nature Festival

Get ready for the Chickadee Nature Festival

The Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks are hosting the Chickadee Nature Festival this May 27–29, featuring lots of events and activities for children and adults alike.

The Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks are hosting the Chickadee Nature Festival this May 27–29, featuring lots of events and activities for children and adults alike. You can: Learn about pikas, bears, mountain caribou, local birds and local flora. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with you neighbours and grab a mug of Stoke Roasted coffee. Get a spruced-up bike. Learn about forest fires and fire prevention. Get more info on the new cosmetic pesticide bylaw. And much more.

Here’s a list of events for the Chickadee Festival:

Friday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.

Revelstoke United Church Hall

Chickadee Nature Festival Kick off and Speaker

Join your friends and Family as we kick off the 2011 Chickadee Nature Festival with Natalie Stafl. Learn some general information on American pikas, small rabbit-like mammals that live in the mountains here in our national parks, as she describes work she will be doing this summer around Revelstoke and her previous research in the Yukon Territory.

Saturday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Revelstoke United Church Hall

Chickadee Pancake Breakfast

Start your day off with your “Friends!” Enjoy a cup of coffee donated by Stoke Roasted Coffee, fruit, juice, fluffy golden brown pancakes and syrup donated by Cooper’s Foods as well as muffins baked by dedicated volunteers. Bring your own mug! Donations are gratefully accepted. (Suggested donation is $3)

Enjoy a certified organic, fair trade, rainforest alliance or Utz Kapeh cup of coffee from Stoke Roasted Coffee Co. Stoke believes in “Nice Beans,” a philosophy that includes great coffee, minimum impact and harm reductions that is, applied to every aspect of their business, from the beans they purchase, the packaging that is used, inventory management, distribution and pricing. This coffee will stoke you up!

Brought to you by: Cooper’s Foods, Stoke Coffee Co and made with love from your Friends volunteers.

Saturday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mackenzie Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street

Bike to Work Week 2011 North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES)

Watch for the winners of the Great Commuter Bike Give-Away as they arrive on-site to show off their new wheels!

Revelstoke Bear Aware Janette Vickers

Join Revelstoke Bear Aware and learn how to identify both black and grizzly bears, learn about bear attractants in Revelstoke and how to reduce them, paint bear tracks and see bear skulls, claws and pelts.

Crazy About Caribou Sylvia Woods

Learn all about an amazing animal that lives in the Columbia Mountains: Mountain Caribou are an endangered species in this area with a unique way of life. Learn all about their habitat, ecology and biology as well as factors contributing to their decline. Discover new research being done by biologists and “act out” some wildlife biology with the help of field equipment. Compare caribou to other animals in the deer family and test out your knowledge with the “caribou quiz.”

Plant a vegetable, examine our watershed & WIN a rain barrel! North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES)

NCES invites children to plant a vegetable at the Downtown Community Garden, as they present the Columbia Basin water model. Discover some great prizes and interesting water tid-bits at the water-awareness information table.

Aboriginal Education Jannica Hoskins

Mini Bio Blitz and Scavenger Hunt Parks Canada

Participate in Parks Canada’s Mini Bio Blitz and Scavenger Hunt and win a personalized button celebrating Glacier National Park’s 125th Anniversary. The park wolverine researcher will be on hand to tell you about his project and the latest sightings.

Junior Naturalist Program and Gifts Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier

Stop by and see what your “Friends” have planned for the summer and sign up for the popular Jr. Naturalist Program and pick of some great kids activity books.

Revelstoke Community Forestry Corporation Kevin Bollefer

Wildfire Management Revelstoke Branch Amy Holzer

Smokey the Bear will be walking around handing out hugs and “prevention” material throughout the day. Stop by our display booth and check out what you can do to prevent wildfire. See some of the great work that has been done in our community!

Parks Canada Fire Crew Tim Laboucane

Parks Canada will be displaying fire management plans and techniques. The fire crew will be providing information about our unique inland Cedar Hemlock rainforest, its vegetation and its fire cycles. There will be initial attack gear demos and opportunities to participate in extinguishing ‘wildfires’ with competitive and collaborative public teams. Things are going to get wet!

L’ Association de Francophone Kootenay Ouest

Pesticides Ban By-law City of Revelstoke Environmental Department

Sunday, May 29 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Skunk Cabbage Trail

Experience the National Parks Bio Blitz!

Morning Bird Blitz Ellen Tremblay and Cat Mather

Starting at 6 am sharp, experienced birders are invited to listen for calls and look out for the great variety of birds that are found around the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk in Mount Revelstoke National Park.

Bio Blitz Parks Canada – Alice Weber

The count is on! Join Park researchers at Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk to conduct a Bioblitz – an inventory of all plant and animal species in the area. Between 8 – 9 am join local bird experts to spot as many species as possible. From 9 to 11 am, rotate between half hour themed stations with park biologists (bugs, plants, amphibians and fish) to add to the inventory. Bring a snack for a half hour break at 11. At 11:30, slip on your gloves and grab your gardening tools for a one-hour weed pull.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Email alice.weber@pc.gc.ca by May 26th, or visit us on Saturday May 28th at the Parks Canada booth.