By Pat Morrow
Wings Over the Rockies
For nearly two and a half decades, the Wings Over the Rockies Festival has facilitated discovery of the rich natural and cultural history of the Upper Columbia valley.
In 2019, from May 6th to 12th, over 100 events bring expert explorers, presenters, guides, scientists, and artists to share their discoveries and insights into the area’s wildlife and habitats. But every Wings participant will find their own experiences and meaning in these landscapes based on this year’s theme: “Go ahead…Explore!”
The Keynote speaker, internationally celebrated explorer Laval St. Germain, is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen and the holder of the fastest ever crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean by solo ocean row boat from mainland North America to mainland Europe. At this year’s festival Gala event, hear and see what it takes to have the ability to step out way past normal, and shove off way past safe, but come back alive.
Registration opens April 8th at 9 a.m. Because the most popular events are often sold out the same day, festival organizers recommend participants visit and peruse events, and check out who the presenters and event leaders are ahead of time on the new website, wingsovertherockies.org.
While on the website you can follow links to our sponsors and other related sources of local natural history lore, as well as enjoy photography of our region’s celebrated landscape. If you would like to contribute time as a volunteer, or donations to help keep the festival a vibrant reflection of our community’s environmental sustainability vision, contact us through the site.
This year, there’s a new way to register online, which promises to make the process more streamlined than in the past and avoid any bottlenecks. There is a shopping cart option to save your events. But just make sure you watch the timer so you don’t lose the events you’ve chosen.
Our local ecosystem grows in value every day as other places like it disappear. A celebration of its wonder and beauty respects its fragility and ensures that its natural values are protected for the future. Wings Over the Rockies is a festival that contributes to a long-term vision of balancing the needs of human and natural systems for our community.