NEWS & UPDATES - September 2021
Questionnaire Series - Last Chance
We have rolled out four questionnaires over the last four months as part of a larger process to develop a master plan and design for a new Centre.

A huge thank you to everyone who has participated so far! We have had a total of 258 responses to date. Let's get some more!

All questionnaire can be accessed here and will be available until September 15th. Each questionnaire response gives you one entry into the draw, up to a maximum of 4 entries, for the following prizes:

  • Bushnell Binoculars (10x42)
  • Oil Portrait (18x24, full colour) signed by artist (local Creston artist)
  • 4 Canoe Tours at KCDCS
  • KCDCS t-shirt and hat

Thank you. if you have any questions or additional comments, please reach out to us at:
Centre Highlights
The Discovery Centre is now OPEN Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm, until October 9th.

There are many options for self-guided exploration including: SCAVENGER HUNTS, WILDLIFE AND BIRD CHECKLISTS, WALKING TOURS and ADVENTURE BACKPACKS...
MicroEye is Here!
Thanks to grants from Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC, we have purchased the MicroEye DISCOVERY!

DISCOVERY is a microscope designed for use in public spaces. Robust and extremely hardwearing, it stands at over 500mm (20 inches) in height with a modern design easy to use design. Made for use in museums and nature centres, it will be an awesome addition to the Discovery Centre displays.

Come on by and check it out!

We have it set up with a variety of different specimens to look at.
Self Guided Options
Self Guided BoardWalk Loop and Marsh Trail (Evening) Loop Tour Booklets

Grab an informational booklet onsite or download them on our website and head out on the trail to learn more about the wetland and wildlife that live here!
Adventure Backpacks

To enhance your adventure in the wetland, take one of our themed backpacks with you on your next hike.

They are free to borrow and are available when we are open
Virtual BoardWalk Loop Tour Our Seasonal Staff
A huge thank you to our seasonal staff; Ale, Brittany and Caleb you were amazing!

They delivered spring school programs to 1,200 students, summer camps to 72 kids, guided canoe tours, organized some special events, virtual and self guided tours, updated displays and always had a smile. We appreciate all your hard work and wish you all the best in your future endeavours!
FAll Bird Migration
As the leaves turn and the evening chill sets in, a new season is upon us. Usually by mid October, the fall migration of birds through the Creston Valley is in full swing.
Approximately 1,800 of the world’s 10,000 bird species are long distance migrants, traveling hundreds to thousands of kilometers each year to northern breeding grounds in the spring and summer and southern overwintering areas.
The primary motivation of migration is to obtain access to abundant food supplies. The longer days of the northern summer provide greater opportunities for breeding birds to feed their young.  As the days shorten in autumn, the birds return to warmer regions where the available food supply varies little with the season.
Migration is triggered by many different factors. Birds don’t read calendars, but they are very in tune to the seasonal changes in weather, daylight and food supplies. They move on mass to take advantage of areas with a rich food supply.
Birds that migrate through Creston area are following a route called the Pacific Flyway. Different flyways exist around the world and these routes typically follow mountain ranges or coastlines and may take advantage of updrafts and other wind patterns or avoid geographical barriers such as large stretches of open water. The specific routes that the birds fly may be genetically programmed or learned to varying degrees.
Many northern breeding ducks, geese and swans are long-distance migrants, but need only to move from their Arctic breeding grounds far enough south to escape frozen waters. Here in Creston, some birds stay year round, but most will migrate further south to where water remains open year round and the food supply is more abundant. Great blue herons can be seen year round hunting for fish in open water holes in the frozen ponds that are created by river otters.
Many of the larger birds, such as geese, pelicans and swans fly in flocks when they migrate. Flying in flocks helps reduce the amount of energy needed by reducing wind resistance. Many large birds fly in a V-formation, which helps individuals save 12–20 % of the energy they would need to fly alone.
For many species, migration success depends on the availability of certain key food resources at stopover points along the migration route. This gives the migrants an opportunity to "refuel" for the next leg of the voyage. The wetland in Creston provides the ideal stopover, giving birds a chance to feed and rest before continuing on their long journey.
Birds navigate their migration route by using a variety of senses. Many birds have been shown to use the sun and stars as a compass, making compensation based on the time. Navigation is also based on a combination of other abilities including the ability to detect magnetic fields, use visual landmarks as well as olfactory (scent) cues.
Migration demands a lot of energy. Birds store energy in the accumulation of fat. If you look at the size of some of the hummingbirds in the weeks before they migrate, they look like golf balls with wings because they are storing fat for energy for their long journey south. Migration puts a lot of wear and tear on a birds feathers as well. Many birds molt, which means they shed their old flight feathers and grow back new ones. During the summer here, many duck species shed their flight feathers and become flightless. That is why you tend to not see too many ducks flying around in the summer as they stay hidden until their flight feathers grow back.
So, keep your eyes and ears open for migrating bird species this fall. Different species are arriving daily at the international airport known as the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. What a great location for a stopover!
Pretty Wild!
Join us on social media for Mondays "Pretty Wild" Posts where we will feature a creature that you might see out in the wetland!

KCDCS YouTube Channel
Join us on our YouTube channel! Check out videos about the wetland and the wildlife that call it home.
Jr Naturalist Program - Participant Survey

If you participated in one of our programs this year, we would love to hear form you! We want to know how we did and what we can do to improve.

If you haven't done so already, please fill out our can win a free family canoe tour pass for doing so...and it really helps us to have participant testimonials when we apply for grants.
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
To access advisories and up to date information related to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area and to purchase hunting or fishing permits, please visit the CVWMA website or Facebook page.
Memberships to KCDCS are FREE!

To increase support and awareness for KCDCS' mission, we are offering free Memberships! Join the 1,000 Members and show support for environmental education in our region! This helps us to obtain grants and sponsorships to move us forward!
If you are interested in supporting KCDCS' mission to deliver environmental education and awareness programs, please click the link above. You can earmark your donation for ongoing program delivery or the development of a new Discovery Centre. KCDCS is a registered federal charity and can issue you a tax receipt.

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