Learn about the biodiversity of Morrison Creek headwaters

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host the following free lecture at our December online meeting:

Title: Biodiversity of the Morrison Creek Headwaters
Speakers: David Stapley, Joy Wade and Chanchal Cabrera
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT

This webinar is facilitated by the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists and is open to the public (see the registration link below).

Morrison Creek lamprey

The unique environmental features of the Morrison Creek headwaters have resulted in a
biologically rich ecosystem, home to many endangered and threatened species including the one-of-a-kind Morrison Creek lamprey. Volunteers with the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and with the Comox Valley Land Trust are trying to preserve a forested area around the Morrison Creek headwaters. The presenters will share their knowledge of the habitat and species of the headwaters and of the Comox Valley Land Trust project to protect them.

About the speakers

David Stapley was program manager for the Comox Valley Land Trust (CVLT) Conservation Partnership program for ten years and is currently a CVLT director. David has been a strong advocate for improved environmental policies and practices and played a key role in the Conservation Partnership’s notable conservation successes between local governments and the ENGO sector.

Joy Wade is a research biologist who works to address questions concerning the conservation of (what some may call) uncharismatic species at risk and their habitat. Most of that work focuses on scientific activities to help manage the species to minimize harm and ensure the environment is suitable to help them survive. She has worked on issues for Cowichan Lake lamprey and Morrison Creek lamprey for more than ten years, and more recently on species like Rocky Mountain ridged mussel, speckled dace and Pacific lamprey.

Chanchal Cabrera is a medical herbalist with 35 years of clinical practice. She runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and is also a certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner, a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist. Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden. Chanchal is a former CVLT director.


“Seating capacity” for the talk is limited, and you need to register in advance. You can check the computer requirements for attendees here.

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

If you are new to Comox Valley Nature, find out more about us here.

Although CVN lectures are free, donations of any size from non-members who attend are always appreciated ($4.00 is suggested).

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Colourful coral fungus!

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on November 24. Click a photo to enlarge it.

Here are photos of a lovely red/pink coral fungus that I think you will all enjoy. The below message and photos are from Sandra P.

I am a volunteer and key contact for the Roy Creek Salmonid Enhancement Society. I came across this fungus this morning while at our fish hatchery for Roy Creek. This fungus was near the water source by the spring. Can you tell me what it is — very pretty. First I thought it was a pom pom on the ground but with a stick I poked gently and broke 2 piecesm realizing that it’s a fungua. Is it rare? poisonous?

This is a coral fungus in the genus Ramaria. There are a few species it could be…hard to determine without microscopic work and chemical tests according to Alison M. Could be R. araiospora or R. stunzii. Not toxic, but not a desired edible. Less common than the beige and yellow ramarias.

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Recording available for talk on impacts of salmon farms on wild salmon

Comox Valley Nature, facilitated by the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists, recently presented the following webinar:

Title: What we need to do to rescue wild salmon from further decline
Speaker: Alexandra Morton
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022

If you missed this event or would like to see it again, CSEB has made the recording available here. To access it you will need to provide your name and email address.

For more information about this talk, see the announcement in our earlier post.

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Miracle Beach part 2: Mosses plus

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on November 13. Click a photo to enlarge it.

Here is part 2 from our Miracle Beach outing on November 7: mosses and a taildropper slug. Thanks Veronique, Alison and Karen for submitting so many wonderful photos. I’ve decided to leave out the lichens for now, but we’ll revisit these on another winter walk, and I will keep the lichen photos on file.

  1. Rough goose neck moss, a.k.a. electrified cat’s-tail moss (Hylocomiadelphus triquetrus a.k.a. Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus)
  1. Trachybryum moss (Homalothecium megaptilum)
  1. Random assorted botanists looking at moss and lichen
  1. Stairstep moss (Hylocomium splendens)
  1. Dusky fork moss (Dicranum fuscescens) tufts on Douglas-fir
  1. Menzies’ tree moss (Leucolepis acanthoneura)
  1. Douglas’ neckera (Neckera douglasii): Note the long setas on the sporophytes.
  1. Juniper haircap moss (Polytrichum juniperinum)
  1. Liverwort: probably the tree ruffle (Porella navicularis)
  1. Yellow-bordered taildropper slug (Prophysaon foliolatum)
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