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Creston, British Colombia, Canada
Creston is home to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, a 6,800 hectare (17,000 acre) expanse of wetland, grassland, woodland, and lower mountain slopes. The management area is a RAMSAR site recognizing its importance as a wetland. There is a wildlife interpretation centre which is open during the summer months and many kilometres of trails open year around. Not far away is Duck Lake. A short drive is the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Outside of the wildlife management area the valley has agriculture land which is also excellent birding during most of the year. The Creston Valley is also known as the Valley of the Swans. Each spring hundreds, to even thousands of swans, arrive during their migration north. About 300 species have been recorded in the local area. I have called them Creston valley home for about forty years and always been watching the birds. Other interests include hiking, photography, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking as well just about anything outdoors. The area around Creston abounds with opportunities for self-propelled recreation. In another life I taught ornithology, managed peregrine falcon recovery monitoring programmes, conducted fire effects monitoring programmes for birds, vegetation, small mammals and some charismatic species too.
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