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OUTDOOR DISCOVERIES Nature Tours   www.OutdoorDiscoveries.com
Silver Star Mountain & North Okanagan

Roseanne Van Ee ph 250-545-7446   

Discover the best views and natural places on award-winning fun, adventurous and informative walking & snowshoeing tours into wildflower meadows, mushroom fields, snow covered forests, mountain top views, nature parks and more.

Summer Walking Tours & Winter Snowshoe Tours at Silver Star Mountain Resort

Fall Mushroom Safaris to see the greatest display of mushrooms anywhere!  Easy ID and all about mushrooms

& More!

Prescheduled and custom tours for Individuals, Couples, Families, Friends, Tour Groups, Schools & Clubs. Bring a camera! 

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OUTDOOR DISCOVERIES Nature Tours   www.OutdoorDiscoveries.com
Silver Star Mountain & North Okanagan

Roseanne Van Ee ph 250-545-7446   

Discover the best views and natural places on award-winning fun, adventurous and informative walking & snowshoeing tours into wildflower meadows, mushroom fields, snow covered forests, mountain top views, nature parks and more.

Summer Walking Tours & Winter Snowshoe Tours at Silver Star Mountain Resort

Fall Mushroom Safaris to see the greatest display of mushrooms anywhere!  Easy ID and all about mushrooms

& More!

Prescheduled and custom tours for Individuals, Couples, Families, Friends, Tour Groups, Schools & Clubs. Bring a camera! 

What We Offer

Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run Eco-Tours & Walkabouts

Join seasoned sockeye salmon run veteran and world renowned nature tour guide, Roseanne Van Ee, as she leads you on an in-depth tour with local history, nature interpretation, salmon knowledge, and much more this October 2010.

This may be the biggest Sockeye spawning run EVER!

2 Hour Sockeye Salmon Spawning Walkabouts:
• Meet us at the Adam's River for a fun and informative 2 hour interpretive walkabout
• Roseanne will guide you to the best viewing areas to watch Sockeye Salmon jump out of the water, fight, spawn and pool up.

OR

Full day, small group all-inclusive interpretive tour with great commentary and views

http://www.outdoordiscoveries.com/salmonruntours.htm

Bears & Berries - At Silver Star

Discover amazing facts about Black Bears and their habitats on a fun and adventurous hike along mountain trails. Try some of their favorite foods!

http://www.outdoordiscoveries.com/wildflower.htm#bearsandberriestour

Mountain Wildflower Tours - At Silver Star

We will guide you on a breathtaking tour through the best wildflower meadows and berry patches, past an abandoned silver mine and to the most spectacular view points of the Okanagan Valley and Monashees. Starts with a scenic chairlift ride. Featuring the unique wildflowers, wildlife, geology, ecology and history of the mountain. We get to view lots of wildlife and mountain activities, chat about the mountain's nature & history and changing environment, enjoy the spectacular views and refreshing subalpine air.

A wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon!

"Chairlift up & Stroll Down"

http://www.outdoordiscoveries.com/wildflower.htm#wildflower

Snowshoe Tours at Silver Star

Join Silver Star's mountain guides on an unforgettable adventure to discover the natural wonders of winter and explore the sub-alpine wilderness.
We supply high performance snowshoes, or bring your own for a discount.
A uniquely Canadian experience for all ages!

http://www.outdoordiscoveries.com/snowshoe.htm

Wild BC Workshops for Teachers & Leaders

GET YOUR CLASS OR GROUP OUTDOORS!
 
Workshops for Teachers & Community and Youth Leaders
 
Professional Development Workshops
in Environmental/Outdoor Education and Field Studies
Utilizing local and BC based resources

Roseanne Van Ee is a popular Pro-D presenter and Wild BC facilitator.  She is locally renowned from her many years as a BC Parks naturalist, newspaper columnist, Allan Brooks Nature Centre founder, environmental and outdoor education workshop facilitator for teachers and leaders and ecotour guide.

With an extensive background combining Environmental Sciences, Recreation and Education, she shares her wealth of knowledge and skills in helping others to discover our natural world in a fun and informative way.

http://www.outdoordiscoveries.com/teacher_outdoorworkshops.htm

Oct 1, 2010

Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run Eco-Tours & Walkabouts

See The Amazing 2010 Adam’s River Sockeye Run

Whatever accounts for the surprisingly huge, record breaking (since 1913) Sockeye Salmon run this year, whether it be changing ocean temperatures, well managed (or over zealous) resource management practices, natural cycles, or who knows, one thing’s for sure – it’s guaranteed to entertain.

These 34 million desperate Sockeye risk their lives in an unimaginable feat for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to mate.  Their struggle is so taxing that they succumb to their efforts only days later.

Everything’s mysteriously extreme about this deadly, life-renewing ritual.  These once monotone silver Pacific salmon, miraculously transform to brilliant red bodies with green heads and tails.  Hormones make the males grow snouts with teeth for fighting and they grow humps.   Through sniffing the water chemistry along their hundreds, if not thousands of km journey, they find their way back to where they were laid as eggs only three to five years before. 

At back-eddies they mass up in teaming pools waiting to restore their energy to surge up the river, at times even having to leap out of the water to get over fallen trees or rocks.

They fight for their piece of the river and their chosen partner. Males bite and grab others flinging them away.  This creates lesions that infect with fungus.  Exhausted and starving, since they haven’t eaten on this journey, they remain focused on fanning gravel redds with their tails to lay thousands of eggs and fertilize them. 

Once their deed is done, over the course of a few days, the adults succumb to their infections and starvation and they slip away with the current.

This year’s spectacular quadrennial dominant Sockeye Salmon spawning run is an incredible natural event that will amuse more than one hundred thousand spectators at the Adam’s River north of Squilax.

The Adam’s River Salmon Society coordinates the “Salute To The Sockeye” celebration every four years during October with demonstrations and displays by BC Parks, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and local First Nations.

Roseanne Van Ee of Outdoor Discoveries will be taking both full day all-inclusive tours from Vernon and guiding two hour walkabouts at the Adam’s River.  Details are at http://www.outdoordiscoveries.com/salmonruntours.htm or you can call her at 250-545-7446.

You’ll want to witness this massive run.  It may be our once-in-a-lifetime chance.

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