Hayne’s Lease Photo Gallery: October, 2012
On October 8, 2012 myself and Niran Lella visited Hayne’s Lease, the second of 11 Ecological Reserves in the Okanagan visited that week. We were not able to time this visit with the warden Robert Calder since he was away that week.
Issues: The reserve looks to be in very good shape, with good signage and fencing. A highway bisects the reserve, with the wet marshland with oxbow lakes and marshes on the west side, and the dry upland on the East side of the highway. Of most concern is the very close proximity of a vineyard which you can see in the third panorama with only a narrow private road as a buffer. During this season when ripe grapes are on the vine, canons are frequently fired automatically to scare birds from the vineyards . It is unlikely that migrating birds would find the reserve a refuge at this time of year. The loud bangs echoed off the mountain behind the reserve magnifying the sound. The photos in the gallery give an overview of some of the species present in the reserve at this time of year. Click on these images for an expanded view.
October 8, 2012 Garry Fletcher