Critters Day goes Saturday at Beaver Creek Provincial Park from 1-5 p.m. Marlow DeRosa, 9, gets a hand hug from a rubber boa. (Submitted photo)

Critter Day slithers back on Saturday

Learn about local flora and fauna at Beaver Creek Provincial Park on Saturday.

If you like nature, especially on the smaller side that may be closer to your feet, then Critter Day is for you. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, it is returning to Beaver Creek Provincial Park, south of Trail, on Saturday May 13, 2017, between 1 and 5 p.m.

This fun, free, family event is all about connecting with the little critters and plants we share our landscape with – including some invasive species we’d prefer not to.

It is hosted by the Kootenay Conservation Program, and the Fish &Wildlife Compensation Program which is partnership in the Columbia Region between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., First Nations and public stakeholders. Critter Day is also supported by the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation, Teck and FortisBC.

Critter Day provides a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some local amphibians, snakes, reptiles, aquatic bugs, fish, insects, butterflies and much more. Juvenile white sturgeon (relatively small creatures now, perhaps, but that could become real “giants of the deep” as they grow) will also be on display before being released into the Columbia River.

Come and talk to biologists, enjoy kids’ activities, learn about native plants and honey bees, and how to entice other pollinators to your backyard. Better understand the special ecosystems in the Trail and Pend d’Oreille Valley region, and the unique and at-risk plants and animals that call them home. There are also lots of other activities in the area during Trail’s Silver City Days.

For more information about Critter Day, visit the Fish &Wildlife Compensation Program’s website at fwcp.ca or call 250-352-1300.

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