The Marine and Shoreline group just formed in February of this year and has not got a regular meeting time or location yet. This is being worked on currently so watch this site for updates. However we have had one meeting to assess member’s interests and one very successful field trip to explore different habitats and organisms at Air Force Beach and assess the health of Sea Stars at this location.
Another outing is scheduled for Bates Beach in mid-June to conduct an intertidal survey and examine shoreline deposits and erosion. We plan to have future presentations by knowledgeable naturalists on such topics as marine flora and fauna and factors affecting them, processes impacting our shoreline, First Nations use of marine resources and others; and will be exploring close to home with occasional outings further afield.
For further information please contact Randal Mindell at cvnshoreline at gmail dot com.
Saturday, May 12th, Comox Lake Ecological Reserve
Loys will be leading a tree and moss walk at the Comox Lake Bluffs ecological Reserve. This reserve features one of the most northern enclaves of Mediterranean ecosystems, with Arbutus, Manzanita and one of only three areas on Vancouver Island where Rocky Mountain Juniper occurs in land and above sea-level. The area is also noted for its large number of spring flowers. As this is an ecological reserve, we are asked to stay on the established paths. CVN was instrumental in getting this area recognized as a Reserve, so if you are new to the club, come and see what our earlier members have preserved for us.
Dress for the weather, and wear hiking boots with good traction, as some of the paths can be slippery. The 47 ha reserve has small inclines with a maximum elevation change of 140 meters. The links below are to the BC Government page for the Reserve, and our own web site.
Saturday, May 5th, Allen Lake Cumberland
Allen Lake is situated in the hills south of Cumberland, with the first part of the walk through the Cumberland Community Forest. We in the low lands get our water from Comox Lake, but Allan Lake is the source of drinking water for Cumberland. The walk is about 3.5 km each way, along well marked trails and bike paths. Bring water and wear study boots, and, as always in the spring, dress for the weather. A few web sites to check out are here:
Sunday, April 29th, Tsolum Flats.
With the return of spring flowers, we will be visiting Tsolum Flats. This is one of the best sites to catch the early blooms of both species of Pink and White Fawn Lillies in the Comox Valley, as well as a host of other showy flowers. It is particularly interesting for the rich variety of native and non-native trees in a highly modified riparian environment.
The trail is level and gradual, making it easily accessible to a participants with limited mobility.
Tsolum River Floodplain Trails