Invasive Plant Cleanup at Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Special Notice: Invasive Plant Cleanup at Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park, Saturday August 11, 2018
Wednesday Walkers, August 8, Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve
On this outing, we’ll take the trail around Ferguson Lake. This very rich area is home to many species of fungi, plants, insects, and birds; and is the site of a Red-sided garter snake hibernaculum. If we are lucky, we’ll spot a Red dace off the dock and, on the trail, toadlets and, everybody’s favourite, the Arion ater! We meet in the parking lot at the Spruceland Shopping Mall at the corner of 5th Avenue and Hwy 97 under the big Save On Foods sign at 9:20 a.m. There we sign a waiver form and arrange for carpooling. Departure time is 9:30 a.m., with return in the noon hour. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack. These slow walks to observe nature are open to members and non-members. If you accept a ride to the walk site, please chip in a Toonie for gas. For more information, or to join an email contact list, contact Dora at email@example.com. (submitted by Dora Hunter)
Wednesday Walkers, July 25,Upper Pidherny Trails
For some, these especially warm days may seem to be the bane of their existence, but not so baneful as the misery caused by ingesting any part (berries, leaves or rhizomes) of Baneberry (Actaea rubra). At Pidherny we were fortunate to find this plant in both its more common red berry form and one plant of the white berry form. Considering the dryness of the hillside, we were also lucky to find the Spiny woodfern (Dryopteris expansa) and took a moment to examine its defining features. These warm days will be pure joy to the yellow jacket wasps whose hive may harbour thousands of wasps. Foraging wasps from such hives prey on both adult insects and their larva harmful to plants. Twelve species of birds were detected; the biggest surprise being the absence of eagles foraging at the Regional dump. Absent, too, was the usual view of Teapot Mountain, hidden on this day by the smoky haze. Thank you, Miguel, for these fine photographs.(Submitted by Dora Hunter)
- Thursday August 16, Friday August 17, Saturday August 18: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday August 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Where: Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut. On Highway 16, approximately 113km east of PG and 103km northwest of McBride.
- What: Enjoy a fun-filled day of music, arts and crafts, guided walks, storytelling, and a taco lunch as we celebrate the beauty, biodiversity and magic of BC’s newest park.
- Who: Fun for the whole family! Persons of all abilities can and are encouraged to participate.
- Water refill stations are available, please bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather.
Other Events of Interest to Naturalists
The hoped-for Early Blue Violets greeted Walkers along the riverside path at Wilkins Regional Park. Sandra introduced us to three of the feather mosses, Knight’s Plume (Ptilium crista-castrensis), Step Moss (Hylocomium splendens) and Electrified Cat’s-tail (Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus), all quite content in the steady drizzle that accompanied us on our walk. Perhaps most delightful, were the Eagles nesting on the opposite shore. Thanks to Sandra and her spotting-scope, we had a fine view of one bird on the nest, joined by its mate which had been roosting in a nearby tree. The broken clam shells were intriguing. While molluscs rank low on the River Otter’s diet, it seems likely that was the origin of these shells. The Otter’s ability to stay underwater for several minutes permits it to forage on lake and river bottoms.