A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

Red Deer River Naturalists leading nature walks

Bird walk set for Saturday and a pollinator walk going on June. 23

Red Deer River Naturalists have a couple of upcoming walks for nature lovers.

A Bird Focus Group Walk is set for Saturday at Radar Hill from 10 a.m. to noon. The 480-acre site is about 14 km southeast of Red Deer. To get there, take Highway 595 (Delburne Road) east 16 km and then south 4.8 km on Range Road 260.

Participants should bring their binoculars, camera/phone, bug spray, sunscreen. Wear sturdy hiking footwear. Some trails are on rough terrain. Carry water and an energy snack. Wear layers and carry rain gear and a hat as required by conditions. Please come fully vaccinated and let organizer Chris Olesen know of any medical issues.

The Naturalists have also organized a walk in celebration of Pollinator Day.

The Pollinator Walk takes place on June 23 at 6 p.m. The free family-oriented event starts at the south end of the Kinex parking lot.

Participants will get a chance to explore the world of the pollinator on the trek through Barrett Park.

The walk will be led by Charity Briere, a biology instructor at Red Deer Polytechnic.

To get more information on Red Deer River Naturalists events go to their Facebook page.



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