Recording of Canada Jay talk now available

If you missed the fascinating presentation by Dan Strickland on his research into the Canada Jay in Strathcona Park (see the announcements here and here), a recording of the webinar is now available, courtesy of the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists:

Posted in Guest Speakers | Comments Off on Recording of Canada Jay talk now available

Slime mould photo gallery

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on September 19.

Slime mould continues to fascinate…the video clips sent recently by Joy inspired me to put together a few photos of local slimes. [Click a photo to enlarge it.]

Thanks to Jan S. for the photo of wolf’s milk slime, and Sharon N. for the dog’s vomit slime.

If any of you come across an interesting slime mould in your travels (usually in moist, deep woods, but sometimes in unexpected places), send me a photo and I’ll add it to the collection.

*If any of these are misidentified, speak up!

  1. Wolf’s milk (Lycogala epidendrum), Seal Bay Park (Jan S. photo)

2. Insect-egg slime (Leocarpus fragilis), Miracle Beach Park

  1. Black pearl slime (Lindbladia tubulina), Elk River Trail, Strathcona Park
  1. Carnival candy slime (Arcyria denudata), Miracle Beach Park
  1. Dog’s vomit slime (Fuligo septica), Sharon’s backyard (Sharon N. photo)
  1. Dog’s vomit slime (Fuligo septica) another example, from near Croteau Lake in Strathcona Park
  1. Salmon eggs (Trichia decipiens)?? Not sure of the ID for this one, Crest Mt. trail, Strathcona Park
Posted in Botany | Comments Off on Slime mould photo gallery

A few summery plants!

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on September 14.

Here’s a note from John and some pics that will brighten these rather sombre smoky days:

 “With all this gloomy smoke around us I thought I should send in some bright happy pics of two of my favourite wildflowers:”

  1. Armeria maritima (sea pink, thrift) which is sometimes confused with Plectritis congesta (sea blush), but which is very different particularly in its leaves, and which I believe is relatively less common particularly in our region. From Quadra Island.
  1. The papery “gone to seed” result of the above, at the end of the summer.

3.  And the glorious Erysimum arenicola (sand-dwelling wallflower). From Mt. Arrowsmith.

Posted in Botany | Comments Off on A few summery plants!

2020 CVN Tree of the Year winner announced!

Submitted by Fred N. on behalf of the Tree of the Year committee.

When I heard one of the Tree of the Year nominees was a yellow cedar in Royston I became intrigued. Yellow cedar (Xanthocyparis nootkatensis, formerly Chaemacyparis nootkatensis) on the coastline this far south was rare. They are common at Paradise Meadows but outside their range at Royston. A field visit revealed an 80-year-old tree, 30 metres tall and just a stone’s throw from the beach on Greig Avenue. Karen C. and I were touring many of the nominees, scoring them against the criteria of objective values and subjective values. The yellow cedar was special. [Click photo to enlarge.]

Tree of the Year: Yellow cedar at 3964 Greig Ave., Royston (Photo: Fred Newhouse, 2019)

This tree was nominated by CVN member Judy W. Her description best describes it:

The seedling was collected on Forbidden Plateau by Ted Greig and planted outside their gate, when their son Jim went overseas in WW 2. Ted and Mary Greig ran the Royston Nursery from 1929-1966. The yellow cedar is in the road right of way and Mary protected it for many years from the Dept. of Highways.

This yellow cedar scored highest on subjective value and had only one mark against it objectively based on the crown condition which is probably a result of root damage as the driveway and sidewalk constrict growth. 

For 2020 the CVN Tree of the Year is the Royston Yellow Cedar.

Congratulations Judy!

Posted in News, Tree of the Year | Comments Off on 2020 CVN Tree of the Year winner announced!