Bird watching is plentiful throughout the Otter Valley. There is nothing like waking up to the lush calls of the local birds while sipping coffee on the deck! Or enjoy the wide variety of birds as you stroll along the hiking trails gracing the landscape around Tulameen. With no distracting city traffic and noise, you can thrill in the joy of watching birds living naturally.
Birders can indulge in their passion all year round, but the best time to see the widest range of species is during spring and fall migrations. Take a bird watching tour to head out with an experienced guide that knows the area and where to find local bird species.
Nearby, Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve located just 6km/4mi from downtown Princeton. The wetlands, dry grasslands and tall ponderosa pines surrounding this glacial kettle lake attract a wide variety of species. Interpretive signage along the trails describes the native and invasive vegetation of the area.
On your travels and hikes through the area, look for a variety of sparrows, warblers, and Gray Catbird, Northern Oriole, Swainson’s Thrush, Veery, Black-headed and Evening Grosbeaks, Willow Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Osprey, Bald and Golden eagles. There may also be the possibility of seeing Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Least Flycatcher, Great Horned Owl. Looking towards the river, you may see some Common Merganser and Harlequin Duck.