1. Field Trip to Fishtraps, Tuesday evening, 6: 30 pm, June 27
The City has been carrying out some impressive work at Fishtraps, an area between Wilson Park and the Foothills bridge, creating a new wetland with significant promise. According to the 2017 Parks Strategy, the area is destined to become in time a nature park. Mike Nash will lead this evening walk to explore the area. As per normal, meet under the large Spruceland shopping centre sign for waiver signing and car pooling, and dress appropriately for a fairly easy hike. Bug spray will no doubt be useful.
We will journey to Tabor Mountain to see in bloom, we hope, a Round-leaved Rein-orchid (Platanthera orbiculata) observed in bud earlier this season. Then we’ll visit the Great West Life Mobility Park where among lush vegetation we will find at least five species of ferns. Logging in the Park for campground improvements will prevent wheelchair access, but the day will be mostly on relatively flat hiking terrain. As always, meet under the large Spruceland shopping centre sign for car pooling and waiver-signing in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish around noon.
On June 14th the Wednesday Walkers visited the bog found on the Pidherny Swamp X-cycling trail. We found Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum), Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifolia) and Buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata) all in bloom. Not in bloom, but most fascinating, was the Round-leaved Sundew photographed by Rob Watt the next day, shown below. Don’t let its small size or charming appearance fool you. This plant is a deceitful carnivore, capturing any insect that dares to sample the sweet, but sticky, “dew” drops on its leaf tentacles. This diet supplements the dearth of nutrients to be found in the acidic, sphagnum-bog environment. – Dora Hunter
For those that missed the Club trip: the Caledonia Ramblers will be hosting an easy one-hour hike, covering a maximum distance of five kilometres. Participants should bring suitable light hiking shoes or boots, a light backpack, sufficient water, food and/or snacks, insect repellent and/or a head net and hat, extra clothing, sunscreen and rain gear. Hikers can also bring hiking poles if they’d like. Please meet 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time of 11 a.m. at Exploration Place. There is no carpool fee. For more information, call Nowell at 250-301-8247.
There has been another racoon sighting, this time in the Duchess Park area. Also, a Rock Wren, the first-ever sighting in our area, was found by Cathy Antoniazzi on June 4 out at Eaglet Lake. Jeff Dyck’s photo and a recording of the distinctive Rock Wren song can be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37395298
It’s baby bird season, so some of us will be asked questions about what to do when one is found. Direct people to the following:
Goodsir is holding special events on Canada Day, BC Day, and Labour Day. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, free refreshments will be on offer during each long weekend. For details about the Park, phone 1-250-971-2337.