|Okanagan Nature Viewing Region|
|North Okanagan Area|
|: photo by Bill Kinkaid||: photo by Bill Kinkaid|
|Rural corridor which includes agricultural and undeveloped land and several small lakes and wetlands. Includes Allan Brooks Nature Centre, a major destination for nature education and interpretation.|
|Geographical Description||Northern Okanagan Basin|
|Area/ Trail Length||Mission/Commonage Road winds through the hills for 22 km, but you can continue via Carr's Landing Road for a total of 33 km to Highway 97 in Lake Country.|
|Seasons to Visit||Year round; birding and botanising are best in spring and early summer.|
|Habitat||Ponderosa pine, interior Douglas-fir, bunchgrass, riparian, cultivated fields|
|Viewing Highlights||Allan Brooks Nature Centre offers short grassland walking trails, displays, and a variety of educational and research programmes. Admission charge for building; trails and viewpoints by donation. Roadside birding in fields, woodlots, lakes and marshes; notably raptors, waterfowl, passerines and migrant shorebirds. |
Roadside birding in fields, woodlots, lakes and marshes; notably raptors, waterfowl, passerines and migrant shorebirds.
Rose’s Pond beside Commonage Road offers excellent birding, and is home to western painted turtles (blue-listed species in the interior of BC)
|Main Access||South on Mission Road from 25th Avenue, one block west of Highway 97 in Vernon. Fields begin at about 1.8 km; Mission Road becomes Commonage Road at about 4.5 km. Allan Brooks Nature Centre entrance is at 2.5 km.|
|Secondary Accesses||Commonage Road can be accessed from Bailey Road on Highway 97, 11 km south of the intersection with 25th Avenue/Highway 6.|
|Cautions||Bears and cougars are rare but be watchful. Wood ticks are common in spring; check yourself over thoroughly after visiting. |
Despite what the name Commonage implies, this is mostly private land. Keep to the roadside.
Cell phone service is not reliable in this area.
|Regulations||No camping or fires.|
|Facilities||Picnic tables and toilets at Allan Brooks Nature Centre . All services in Vernon.|
|Other Recreational Activities|
|FMI||Allan Brooks Nature Centre 250-260-4227|
|Publications||The Okanagan Valley Birding Trail, published by the four naturalist clubs of the Okaganan, with funding from BC Nature and other organisations|
|Links||Allan Brooks Nature Centre|
|North Okanagan Naturalists Club|
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