Critter Day 2018 draws record crowds

Volunteers promote Critter Day in the Silver City Days parade on May 12. FWCP Photo

Mr. Toad high fives crowds in the Silver City Days Parade that took place the morning of Critter Day. FWCP Photo

Critter Day, hosted by KCP and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), returned to Beaver Creek Provincial Park on May 12. It was a huge success, drawing a record-breaking crowd of nearly 700!

Numerous exhibitors helped make the event interactive and memorable. The event included a “critter zoo” containing local snakes, frogs, toads, lizards and skinks, plus there were juvenile White Sturgeon, a Great Horned Owl and Gyr-Peregrine Falcon on display. . There were also displays from the West Kootenay Beekeepers, Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society, BC Parks, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., and the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre.

Funding for the event was provided by BC Hydro, Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power, FortisBC and Teck, as well as by KCP and FWCP.

Volunteer Teyo Glass with a Rubber Boa at Critter Day. FWCP Photo

Mike Keehn with Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC holding a demo for a group of youngsters at Critter Day. FWCP Photo

 

 

 

A Pacific chorus frog, one of the critters on display at Critter Day 2018. Photo by Adrienne Shaw/KCP

Tammy Swan and a Gyr/Peregrine Falcon at Critter Day. FWCP Photo

A western skink, one of the critters on display at Critter Day 2018. Photo by Adrienne Shaw/KCP