Botany Outing Report: May, 2018

Sorry for the delay in reporting on the Groups’s activities in May.  It was a busy month.

Since photos are worth more than a thousand of my words, most of this will be in image form.

On Friday May 4th we are at Kin Beach, for a walk with visiting expert Botanist Terry Taylor and the installation of the splendid sign at the Park, put together by Helen and Terry Thormin.

On Monday May 7th a small group went out to the Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve with warden Mandy. We spent a lot of time puzzling over tiny white flowers – the pretty Minuartia tenella ( slender sandwort), and especially all the white specimens of Microsteris gracilis  (pink twink).

On Tuesday May 8th Terry Taylor returned to the Valley, and with Randal put together a list of Bryophytes for the Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve.

On May 14th nine of us were guided by Warden Genevieve Singleton around the Mt Tzuhalem Ecological Reserve, to see the Garry oak meadows in bloom.  We also visited the area of the Cowichan Nature Conservancy to catch a glimpse of the Western Bluebirds (plus California quail), and finally the Somenos Creek Conservation area, where Triteleia Howellii (Howell’s triteleia ) was in bloom, and a huge bank of Balsamorhiza deltoides (deltoid balsamroot).

On May 25th the group visited the Little River Nature Park with Helen to see the Allium acuminatum (Hooker’s onion and and the Little River Beach where Abronia latifolia (yellow sand verbena) is in bloom just in front of the houses along the beach.  Helen also noted that of interest was the  Triglochin maritima  (seaside arrow- grass)

UPCOMING EVENTS

A reminder re June 11th trip to Gabriola – please contact Karin Franzen by phone :

June 16th  1-4 pm : Cretaceous Paleobotany: Food for Dinosaurs, Food for Thought;  at the Courtenay Museum

Randal passed on this message : “Ruth Stockey (my Ph. D. supervisor) and her gang are coming up on their annual sojourn to the island. They are giving 4 paleobotany talks on : fossil monkey puzzle trees from the Nanaimo Area, fossil dogwoods from all around the Comox Valley, fossil mosses of northern Vancouver Island and fossil conifers from Alaska. Dan Bowen has organized this and has made this little digital poster to promote (see attachement)”.
Members of the Botany are very welcome.

Alison

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