Volunteer President Ross Everatt has installed a replacement sign at SILT’s Ginty’s Pond at Cawston. The pond is valuable habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, painted turtle and other wildlife. The pond has also been a community gathering place, such as for ice-skating parties in winter. Ginty Cawston was a son of a local pioneer and owned the property; his family wanted the pond preserved in honour of Ginty’s love of nature and community. SILT acquired the property in 1991.
Last week, the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Team hosted a 2-day Wetlandkeepers community workshop focussed on Ginty’s Pond. SILT appreciates the support and interest of the community in keeping the pond productive and enjoyable — for all living things!
A young bobcat treated at the Kamloops Wildlife Park after she was hit by a car at Gallagher Lake was released near there on June 29. SILT radio-collared and ear-tagged the injured bobcat so that its adjustment back to the wild can be monitored. Knowing how this cat re-adapts to being wild, and where it chooses to go, will help SILT identify and acquire land that can remain as habitat for bobcat and other living things for all time. SILT collared several other bobcats in the area last winter as part of an ongoing research study.
Please report tagged bobcat! Call or text Ross Everatt at (250) 499-9840
SILT is working to secure a “gem” of wildlife habitat — the 4.9 hectare Water Birch property near Olalla, BC. This land is excellent habitat for wildlife; its undisturbed water birch forest on the banks of Keremeos Creek has never been cultivated or intensely grazed by livestock. That is rare in the Okanagan-Similkameen. Less than 8% of water birch forest remains, the rest lost to farming and housing developments.
This property has habitat for Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Screech-owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker and other rare species. It will help provide a cross-valley corridor for many species, and creates public access for wildlife-related and angling recreation where none now exists.
Please donate — your contribution will be a legacy of land conserved for all living things forever!
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Photo by Rene McKibbin