Osoyoos Desert Society – 2018 Winter Program Series

This February and March the Osoyoos Desert Society will once again be hosting its popular Winter Program Series. The 2018 series includes four programs, each featuring a documentary film followed by a guest speaker/presentation. The series kicks off Saturday, February 3rd with Grasslands, a documentary exploring one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. The film examines the unique natural habitat of the mixed-grass prairie from the perspective of the ranchers, conservationists and aboriginal people who understand it and help preserve it. Following the film, there will be a live animal presentation with Pluto the Burrowing Owl and a chance to learn more about this endangered grassland species with Lauren Meads, Executive Director of the Burrowing Owl Society.

The second program in the series, scheduled for February 17th, features the documentary Spirit Bear Family. The film takes viewers on a journey to BC’s Great Bear Rainforest for an up-close look at Canada’s legendary Spirit Bear – a rare black bear that has white fur. The film follows a Spirit Bear mother with her two black-furred cubs as she tries to find food for her family while keeping them safe. After the film, Tom Saare, instructor with the BCIT Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program, will share his expertise on bears and bear safety.

On March 10th the series continues with a screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow-up to the ground-breaking documentary An Inconvenient Truth. A decade after calling attention to the issue of climate change, the sequel shows how close we are to a real energy revolution. An Inconvenient Sequel follows Al Gore as he continues his fight, traveling around the world training climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Free action packages and giveaways will be available after the film, as well as a chance to win an energy-saving gift basket.

The fourth and final program, held on March 24th, focuses on bees and the perils they are currently facing. Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. The featured documentary will shed light on what is causing this phenomenon and what can be done to stop it. After the film, Nancy Holms with the University of British Columbia and Border Free Bees will share information about Kelowna’s nectar trail and what each of us can do to help bees.

Admission to the Osoyoos Desert Society’s Winter Program Series is by donation. Programs run from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort. For more information about the series, contact the Osoyoos Desert Society at mail@desert.org or 250-495-2470. To stay up-to-date on all of the Desert Society’s events, visit the Society’s website at www.desert.org and click on the News and Events page.

The Osoyoos Desert Society is a non-profit society founded in 1991 to conserve the biologically rich and diverse habitats of British Columbia’s Southern Interior. Through habitat conservation, restoration and education, the Society strives to generate public knowledge, respect and active concern for ecosystems worldwide.

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