Road trips to introduce the diverse geography, flora and fauna, and historical landmarks of British Columbia's spectacular wine country.
Biologist Richard Cannings, who was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, guides the reader along his favorite road trips through this fascinating region. The Okanagan attracts thousands of visitors each year to enjoy its beaches and wine, but more and more people are discovering its natural beauty. With desert sands and deep lakes, towering rock cliffs and rich benchlands, cold mountain forests and hot grasslands, the Okanagan has an ecological diversity unequalled in Canada.
The book opens with an introduction to the region's biodiversity, climate, geology, and human history, setting the stage for the route descriptions that follow. Cannings then takes us on twenty-one tours through the valley, from the arid benchlands of Osoyoos to the snowy forests east of Vernon. The routes vary from main highways to quiet roads, and along each one we're introduced to the animals, plants, and bedrock that create this national treasure. Each route also has a focal topic, ranging from owls to salmon and rattlesnakes to rock rabbits.
About the author
Richard Cannings is a renowned naturalist, conservationist and lecturer on birds and bird habitats. He works as a consulting biologist assessing endangered species and organizing bird population surveys, and he can be heard on the CBC Radio 1 program BC Almanac as its regular birding expert. He is the author of An Enchantment of Birds, The Rockies: A Natural History, and Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies and is co-author of British Columbia: A Natural History, Birds of Southwestern British Columbia, and the upcoming Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Penticton, BC.
p class=review_text>If you're on the road this summer pause to explore the wildlife and unspoiled beauty of Okanagan wine country with UBC field ecology instructor and biologist Richard Cannings's new guide. —Granville Magazine
Other titles by Richard Cannings
Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest
A Complete Guide, Revised Edition
Best Places to Bird in British Columbia
A Natural History of Its Origins, Ecology, and Diversity with a New Look at Climate Change
The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist
A Guide to Nature along B.C. Highways
Birdfinding in British Columbia
Geology of British Columbia
A Journey through Time
Flights of Imagination
Extraordinary Writing About Birds
Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies
A Photographer's Journey through the Southern Coast Mountains