Upcoming Walk: Sunday July 9th 2017, Trees in Paradise Meadows

Sunday, July 9th,  SWI Walk, Trees in Paradise Meadows

Fred Newhouse will be leading today’s Strathcona Wilderness Institute walk. Paradise Meadows is sub-alpine at around 1,300 meters, and the tree species and growth patterns are sustainably different than their cousins at sea level.  Fred has spent most of his life in the woods in various roles with the forest service, consulting and managing a crown woodlot. Over the years, he has realized that like a vineyard, a forest can grow and mature in response to climate, site, soils and the cultural practice.

Car pool at pull out on Parkway at 9:30 or the SWI Cabin in the Nordic Ski area at 10 am. There is no charge for this walk, but donations to SWI will be accepted. No dogs please.

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, July 8, 2017, Headquarters Townsite Park Walk

Saturday, July 8, 9:30 am, Headquarters Townsite Park Walk

This is an easy walk around Headquarters Townsite Park on level trails. The 8 hectare riparian forest site on the east bank of the Tsolum River was once an active centre for Comox Valley Logging between 1911 and 1950, and a few ruins still remain.  The Park is 2.5 km long from its southern end at Fitzgerald Road to its northern end at Headquarters Road and is level for most of the trail

We will meet at the Country Market for a car pool at 9:30 am, or at the trailhead on  Farnham Road at the bridge over the Tsolum River at 9:45 am.  There are no facilities at the Park, so bring water and dress for the weather. Park details are available at;

http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails/comox-valley-parks/headquarters-townsite-park.html

 

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday July, 2nd 2017, Paradise Meadows

Sunday, July 2, 1 pm SWI/CVN Paradise Meadows Early Flowers

This is to announce the opening of the Strathcona Wilderness Institute 2017 Season of Nature Walks at Paradise Meadows. The first one will be held on Sunday July 2nd at 1.00 pm, with Alison in the lead. The snow is gone from the loop trails in Paradise Meadows and there are several plants in bloom, notably Caltha Leptosepala ( white marsh marigold),   Dodecatheon Jeffreyi ( shooting star),  Kalmia microphylla ( western bog-laurel), Viola adunca ( early blue violet) to name a few.  Meet at the Wilderness Centre at 1.00 pm.

There is no charge, but you will be pestered to make a small donation to SWI. $5 to $10 donation suggested. Car pool at pull out on Parkway at 12:30 or at the SWI Cabin in the Nordic ski area at 1 pm. No dogs please.

http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/5-forbidden-plateau-area/paradise-meadows-strathcona-provincial-park/

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Bird Outing Report: Moorecroft Park, June 17, 2017

Seven birders went to Moorecroft R.P. in Nanoose Bay. The weather was overcast with a cool breeze off the water. The park was fairly quiet with only 20 species found. An early lunch there was freezing (the birders, not the lunch). After warming up with coffee and treats in Parksville we went to French Creek Marina (8 spp.), Qualicum Beach (6 spp.) and Deep Bay (15 spp.). Highlights were good looks at a singing Bewick’s Wren, and a pair of Western Tanagers, both at Moorecroft. A cool but enjoyable trip with no rain.

A grand total of 40 species was found :

Canada Goose
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager
House Finch

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