Local Wildlife

The Monashee offers a great variety of wildlife for viewing. From birds and squirrels to larger creatures such as deer and bears, the wide range of life in our local forests never ceases to amaze.

Okanagan grassland, wetlands, lakes, rivers, Ponderosa Pine forests, alpine, Douglas Fir and Interior Rainforests all provide a range of habitats which are home to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic life. There are even River Otters in our local creek system.

Much of the Monashee is bear country and spotting black bears is a fairly common occurence. Grizzly bears also inhabit the area, though they are rarer to see.

Large populations of whitetail deer inhabit the valley bottoms and the lower altitude logging cut blocks; viewing them from the road is very common...drive carefully! Mule deer can be found at higher elevations and can be seen along the numerous forest service roads and trails in the area. 

During the summer months Swainson's Thrush can be seen, as well as Western Flycatchers, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Sparrow Hawks, Blue Herons and Red-Wing Blackbirds. Rawlings Lake is a popular nesting area for Ruddy Ducks, Black Terns and Sandhill Cranes. Many Thrushes and Dippers can be seen along creeks and loons can be spotted on Echo Lake. At Sugar Lake watch for Barred Owls and if you're along Kate Creek Road watch for Bobolink and Mountain Bluebirds.
Photo by Dale Eurich Photography
Photo by Dale Eurich Photography
Photo by Dale Eurich Photography
Photo by Dale Eurich Photography
Photo by Dale Eurich Photography
Photo by Dale Eurich Photography

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