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Winter is almost over! Or is it? Do we pack up the winter coats, and boots or keep them out for another 6 weeks?

Last year Vernon saw the arrival of Okanagan Okie as Canada's newest weather prediction specialist. Okie is a yellow-bellied marmot, an often-seen resident in the grasslands in and around the valley. When Okie came out to check for a shadow, some were surprised to see a stuffed mascot. Marmots aren’t out of hibernation that early in the year, so the Allan Brooks Mascot will be trained, buffed, and ready for the day!

On February 2nd at 10:15am Okanagan Okie will check for a shadow. “Come on up to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre to enjoy some hot chocolate, a few donuts, sit by the bonfire and meet others who want to see winter pack its bags. It’s a day to get outside, have fun, share some laughs and celebrate the coming of spring while enjoying the outdoors.” ABNC plans to stream the prediction for those who cannot attend.