Nov 26, Sunday: Seal Bay Park, Bates road entrance
Loys will be leading the Seal Bay Park walk. We will be meeting at the main parking lot on Bates Road. The featured items on the walk will be trees and lichens. CVN was instrumental in getting this area some level of protection, although it took something like 30 years to achieve. Unfortunately, the park is still not securely removed from the possibility of further development, although that is unlikely to happen anytime soon. The Park is currently undergoing a review of its Master Plan by CVRD.
For an idea of what to expect at the park check out our own CVNS website at this link: http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/3-strait-of-georgiaoyster-bay-area/seal-bay/Buy albuterol Inhaler
For details on the CVRD plan for the, visit this web site: http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails/current-projects/seal-bay-nature-park-park-master-plan-update.html
Nov 18, Saturday, Bear Creek Park at Black Creek
Bear Creek is one of our most popular walks, and there may still be a few spawning salmon in the creeks at this time. Meet at Courtenay Country Market to car pool or at the Bear Creek Park parking lot off Macaulay Road (off Hamm & the Old Island Highway) by the Yellow gate. There is a steep hill down from the parking lot, but otherwise the walk is mostly flat alongside Bear Creek and the Oyster River. A toilet is available near the Hatchery building.
Nov 12, Sunday: Goose Spit Bird Viewing, DND Gate, This walk will not have a leader.
Fall often brings a large variety of water and shore birds to our coastline, and a walk along the shores of Goose Spit is a great place to see them. Be sure to bring your binoculars, dress for the weather, and bring water. Park at the end of the road, near the DND gates. This walk usually goes around HMCS Quadra and the First Nations Territory at the end of the Spit. There is a toilet near the DND Gate.
Here is a link to our Website: http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/1-courtenay-rivercomox-bay-area/goose-spit/9 am
And a link to the CVRD web site: http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails/comox-valley-parks/goose-spit-park.html
Although it was unfortunate that Shannon was unable to join us on Monday due to illness and the weather was less than ideal, we did have a productive gathering over lunch, thanks to all the contributions of specimens. The slides illustrate what we looked at- Polypores and Inky caps being prominent. I have typed up a list (Mushroom list – Botany Group Oct 16-17) of what we had in the trays – you can look them up on E-flora for illustrations and species descriptions.
I took a spore print (see photo) of one of the medium sized white mushrooms ( brought by Ruth) that looked as if it could be an agaric, but its white spore rather than dark, together with the persistent ring around the stipe, confirmed that it was Leucoagaricus leucothites ( the “leuco”- part from the Greek for white).
We did venture out a few paces from the house to see the Earthstars under the Red Cedar. They are one of the more unusual fungi around. See photo attached.
Further to the fleshy orange mushroom that was found beside the trail to Battleship Lake, my original ID as Echinodontium tinctorium is not correct. I sent photos to Shannon and she thinks it is likely Pycnoporellus alboluteus – and indeed the description and photos of that in E-flora look closer to what we have. I’ll send her a small piece so that she can examine it under the microscope and confirm. The Echinodontium was interesting for its uses by First Nations, such as face paint and according to Nancy Turner’s sources in a salve to protect the skin from sunburn or insect bites, but the growth pattern did not quite fit. And in this case a spore print would have been tricky to obtain.
Out next gathering will be on November 13th – if you have any requests or suggestions for a venue and focus, please let me know. We could try Nymph Falls or Seal Bay Park for mushrooms, since the recent downpours might have provided enough moisture to entice some fungi to send up their fruiting bodies.