As part of the EESC 101 class on the Penticton Campus, students visited one of the local oxbows that was created by the channelization of the Okanagan River in the mid-1900’s. The field trip was lead by members of Friends of the Oxbows, a local volunteer group working to increase awareness and understanding of these features.
The trip included discussions about the formation and status of the oxbows, local species that use the oxbows, threats and plans/opportunities for restoration and enhancement. In addition, students gained experience in water sampling and basic water quality testing.
The EESC 101 class would like to thank Friends of the Oxbows members Bob Anderson, Ray Halladay and Allan Garland for leading the tour and helping us learn about this unique local habitat.