Heading into its 25th year, the annual Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival is back again this May with the theme, “Celebrating Nature…Winging it for 25 Years”. Taking place primarily in the mountain town of Invermere, the festival will span 7 days with over 100 events, from Monday, May 9th to Sunday, May 15th.

This year’s event features bird walks, hikes, paddle sessions, educational workshops, as well as activities for kids and families. Most events are within the upper Columbia Valley areas of Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, and  Windermere, with a few events in Golden and Cranbrook as well. Click here to check out an overview of the week’s events, or head to their events page to read more in-depth descriptions and grab tickets online.

Listen for the high-pitched too-too-too call from Northern Saw-whet Owls in the evening, one of many birds that can be seen in the Columbia Valley region.

For birders hoping to check out the festival events and participate in some Columbia Valley birding, the festival has a handy birding checklist available online to keep track of everything you spot out on the trails. It also includes a map with great locations for birding in the area, such as Reflection Lake, Tilley Memorial Park, Elizabeth Lake, and many more.

And if you’re a photographer, make sure to participate in their photography contest

If you’d like to explore the Columbia Valley area during the Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival, or at any other time of the year, our self-guided itineraries on the Columbia Valley Bird Trail are a perfect place to start adventure planning.