‘Frumpy’ Oxbows kiosk to get ‘fabulous’ makeover

By on April 16, 2014
Bryn White, the program manager, at South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, was guest speaker at the Osoyoos Rotary Club last week. She spoke about plans to overhaul the nature information kiosk at Road 22 and the Osoyoos Oxbows. (Richard McGuire photo)

Bryn White, the program manager, at South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, was guest speaker at the Osoyoos Rotary Club last week. She spoke about plans to overhaul the nature information kiosk at Road 22 and the Osoyoos Oxbows. (Richard McGuire photo)

The visitors’ kiosk at Road 22 and the Osoyoos Oxbows will be getting an overhaul and facelift.

“We’re going to take it from frumpy to fabulous,” said Bryn White, program manager at the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP), who was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Osoyoos lunch meeting last Thursday.

The area is a popular destination for tourists, hikers and birders and is internationally designated as an “important bird area.”

White isn’t sure when the present kiosk was built, but she thinks it may have been in the early 2000s.

What is clear though is that it’s fallen into disrepair and “unsavoury activities” occur in the parking area, she said.

SOSCP is an umbrella organization for 50 conservation organizations that work together on shared goals, White told the Rotarians.

The kiosk restoration is being spearheaded by B.C. Nature, a non-profit organization that is a collection of all the local naturalist clubs around the province.

Environment Canada is paying for the signage and Partners in Flight and the Important Bird Area program are also involved in the project, White said.

The Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalist Club and the Okanagan Naturalist Club were among the local groups providing impetus for the project, she said.

Many volunteers donated photos and contributed text for the panels.

In addition to new panels that will feature information about wildlife and birds, there will also be landscaping around the new kiosk.

The budget for the landscaping, which will include native plants, is about $5,000, White said.

“We’re looking for contributions from government, from foundations and from private citizens to be able to accomplish that,” she said. “Whatever we raise, that’s what we’ll do there. We’re looking for volunteers as well to come out and wield a shovel if they’d like to come.”

White said she hopes the project can be unveiled in May.

“I think this is going to be a nice legacy for that spot,” she said. “I would really encourage people to come and see the signs when they’re up at the end of May and have a look and experience something new.”

Those wishing to contribute or volunteer can contact White at bryn.white@gov.bc.ca.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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