These tours are a lark

The public was invited to participate in a wide range of tours offered through the Meadowlark Nature Festival on Sunday.

At Okanagan College in Penticton there were two special exhibits on the solar system and the finer details of birds.

In the afternoon, geologist Roland Dechesne provided visitors with the opportunity to examine meteorites and earthly rock specimens close up.

"The presentation starts with how elements are born in the red giant stars," he said "The final stage is looking at different kinds of meteorites, comparing them with the earth rocks."

On a table designated for meteorites there was an explanation that they are pieces of asteroids, comets, the moon, or even pieces of Mars that have fallen to earth from space.

They are generally classified into two groups: stones and irons. The irons making up only 7 per cent of known collected specimens. They also come in all sizes, from small fragments to the largest meterorite discovered in Africa weighing over 55,000 Kg.

Tonight, A Bird in the Hand, will be offered at the college. People are invited to handle birds under the direction of Ildiko Szabo, assistant curator of the Cowan Tetrapod Collection at UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and Sharon Mansiere of the Okanagan College Research Museum.

Prairie falcons, Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, crows, ravens and more, all tagged with when and where they were found, from the two collections will be on view with a hands on component.

"It's two things really, the wonderment of birds, the nature and biodiversity and that a lot of people when they initially begin earning how to identify birds find it difficult so this gives a lesson in that," said Szabo. 

There are still 10 tickets available for A Bird in the Hand from 7 to 9 p.m., tonight, Sunday, in the C10 Lab at Okanagan College in Penticton,

The tickets will be at the door.

For more information on the Meadowlark Festival, taking place in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys through May 18, go to http://meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca


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