Green River Collective



This year, Shambhala festival goers can collect NEW holographic stickers of animals from the Salmo River Ranch’s ecosystem. Collect 1 animal sticker each day of the festival from Thursday to Sunday.


Find Shambassadors (identified by their top hats) and ‘battle’ them by answering 3 questions about these important animals and their habitat. Get an answer wrong and you’ll have to try again with another Shambhassador!

Prize Medallions

Collect ALL 4 stickers and come at the Green River Collective’s HQ on Muscle beach to win 1 of 3 prize medallions (aka cool necklaces from Shambhala’s talented vendor community)!


Here are some good things to know… wink, wink!


Black Bear (Thursday)

BC has the highest population of black bears in the world with an estimated 120,000-150,000 animals living across the province. 

They vary in size but commonly reach heights of 5-6 feet and weigh between 200-600 pounds. Despite their name, black bears can be black, brown, cinnamon, or even blonde in colour. 

Black bears are not as territorial as some other bear species, but they do have well-defined home ranges. Females have ranges of between 12-50 km. Males have larger ranges (often over 50 km) that overlap with those of several females. They use scent marking and vocalizations to communicate with other bears and establish boundaries.

Black bears are deterred by loud noises so they leave the Ranch during the festival but they can be found roaming around downtown in the off-season.


Red Angus Cow (Friday)

Although there are only 20 cows on the farm now, at its peak the Salmo River Ranch had over 50 cows. 

Cows have ruminant digestive systems, which allow them to extract nutrients from grasses and other plant-based foods. It has four sections of the stomach each with a particular job to do—store chewed plant material and grain, absorb nutrients and vitamins, break down proteins, and finally, digest and dissolve materials. 

Ever wonder why attendees are not allowed to bring glass on the farm? Cows are a big reason for that! In the off-season, cows eat and lay all around downtown and the camping areas. If the glass were to break, it is important they don’t eat or lay on anything that can harm them.


Rainbow Trout (Saturday)

Rainbow trout are native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. For the most part, they feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects but they have also been known to eat small rodents like mice, voles and shrews

Ever wonder why you can’t use body products like shampoo, sunscreen, and lotion in the river (even if they are biodegradable)? They create a slick on the surface of the river which disturbs the lifecycles of insects that need the water surface to lay eggs. If the insects encounter an oily slick, they will avoid the surface and lose the opportunity to lay eggs. If any eggs make it to the slicked surface, the shell will become contaminated and fail to produce healthy offspring. As a primary food source to trout and many other animals residing along the river, insect health is a crucial step to maintaining a healthy ecosystem and food chain. 

The species of rainbow trout that lives its life in the ocean is known as a steelhead. A steelhead will return to the freshwater stream of its birth to spawn similar to Atlantic salmon. However, unlike their Pacific salmonid kin that die after they spawn, steelhead are iteroparous (able to spawn several times, each time separated by months). They make several spawning trips between fresh and salt water, although fewer than 10 percent of native spawning adults survive from one spawning to another.

Before dams were built on the Columbia River steelhead would have spawned nearly year round in the Salmo River. The steelhead would have interbreed with the resident rainbow trout that live their entire life in the river. 


Great Horned Owl (Sunday)

The great horned owl (also known as the tiger owl) is one of North America’s largest and most widespread owlsIts primary diet is rabbits and hares, rats and mice, and voles, although it freely hunts any animal it can overtake, including larger mid-sized mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. 

Great horned owls are the most long-living owl in North America. In captivity, the record for the longest lived great horned owl was 50 years. Like other owl species, the great horned owl is capable of “silent flight”, which is the way owls fly while making almost no discernable noise, despite their large size. The leading edge of their feathers have serrations that help to disrupt the turbulence generated by wing flapping, then the softer feathers help deaden the sound, and finally the trailing fringe of the feathers that works to finish cutting the sounds made by flight. The structure of the great horned owl wing also allows it to fly at a very low speeds for the size of the species, as slow as 2 miles per hour when they are gliding on breezes.

The legs, feet, and talons are large and powerful. The average foot span of a fully spread foot, from talon to talon, is around 20 cm (7.9 in). Great horned owls can apply at least 300 lb per square inch of crushing power in their talons, a pressure considerably greater than the human hand is capable of exerting.