Nine botanists had a lovely gathering on Helen’s Beach for coffee and delicious cake, then walked around the pond and along the river at Little River Nature Park. Most of the plants such as the Lomatium nudicaule are in their seed stage now.
Helen showed us the Ludwigia palustris patch at the pond’s edge; the unusual little flower could best be seen with a hand-lens.
Helen also sent this message re a plant found by Gary :
“I have identified the aquatic plant that Gary pulled from the waters of the large pond, as Siberian water-milfoil (Myriophyllum sibiricum). It is a plant that Marta had indicated should be added to our plant list, so now we know at least one location. It is an exotic.”
Conservancy Hornby Island has developed a new website which includes detailed nature viewing information for the island. Their online Nature Guide is modelled on the CV Nature online Nature Guide, including seasonal highlights & tips for viewing. An excellent brochure is also available for download.
Twelve birders went to Oyster Bay and Saratoga Beach this morning in search of shorebirds. The weather was sunny with a breeze off the water. A highlight was a Sanderling in breeding plumage.
Twenty species were found along the shore:
Great Blue Heron