Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer Hummocks constructed on the foreshore last fall by SABNES (Salmon Arm Nature Bay Enhancement Society) were created to improve habitat for a variety of species including turtles and snakes.

Salmon Arm foreshore home to many species

Wealth of information at Tom Brighouse Interpretive Centre

The Salmon Arm foreshore has gone wild this summer.

The Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society (SABNES) has partnered with the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation to introduce kids and the young-at-heart to the rich habitat on the foreshore in Wednesdays With the Wild.

From 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in July and August, a special guest expert will share their knowledge of a particular area of interest.

Hayley Fiebelkorn, a fourth-year UBCO microbiology student and one of two nature interpreters hired by SABNES to work in the Tom Brighouse Interpretive Centre, says biologist Jeremy Ayotte recently wowed kids with his talk about mammals, accessorized by his collection of skulls and antlers.

If you’d rather keep moving, SABNES is also hosting free informative strolls along the waterfront trail at 10:30 a.m. Mondays throughout the summer.

Participants will learn more about the trail, its history, the different species that live along the foreshore trail and the hummocks, added last fall and planted with more than 2,000 trees to improve habitat.

The Tom Brighouse Interpretive Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week and worthy of repeated visits.

A video of dancing grebes, a DVD of birds of the bay, a collection of stuffed and carved birds, a book collection and a computer program with which visitors may check out birds and their songs are featured.

Members of SABNES strive to enhance the experience and preserve the precious resources on the foreshore.

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