Blog Posts by Category
20 hours ago
Purple Loosestrife on the Loose
Contributed by Karen
Jocie Brooks has posted some lovely photos of beautiful native plants like Henderson’s checkermallow (Sidalcea hendersonii) found in wetlands like our estuary. I recently hiked the estuary with Brian H. and Jason G. from Sellentin’s Habitat Restoration, on the lookout for purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and yellow flag iris (Iris pseudocorus), plants that shouldn’t be there. Both of these plants make themselves right at home in moist habitats such as ditches, ponds and shorelines with such speed and ease that they can easily displace the beautiful and ecologically functional plants like Henderson’s checkermallow as well as cattails, sedges and rushes used for food, shelter and nesting material by local wildlife. Both plants can make such dense stands that water movement can be changed and open water eliminated.
Hiking across the estuary sounds easy but involves navigating many deep, slippery channels hidden by vegetation while packing removal tools and heavy sacks of purple loosestrife and yellow flag iris remains. Thank you Brian and Jason for continuing to monitor and remove these invaders. ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago
What track…is that?
Take a guess! I’ll reveal the answer in a few days.
Hint: these tracks were in the mudflats at low tide on Comox Bay. This critter often likes to hang out near the shore, where there is lots of food!
Recently, I’ve started collecting photos of tracks, scats and sign. Though I’m new to this, the exercise of looking for animal/bird sign helps sharpen my observation skills as a naturalist. I’d like to share these photos to raise awareness of the many creatures living around us that we seldom see, but if we look, we may find a sign of their presence. Encountering wildlife, even indirectly, deepens our connection with the natural world.
-Jocie Brooks ... See MoreSee Less
Category Archives: Field Trips
The advance schedule of weekend walks for members for the period from February 16 to May 16 is now available. Download it here. Of these trips, the ones on the following dates will be open to the public: March 22 … Continue reading
Let’s go to Little River Nature Park. Meet at 9am at Quality Foods on Guthrie Road, Comox. Park in the back lot, south of the store. We will car pool and depart at 9:10. Should be back before noon. Good … Continue reading
This bird walk will be led by Nancy St. Hilaire. Take Fraser Road (just past Millard) from the old highway. Turn left on to Comox Logging Road. Meet at the corner of Comox Logging Road and Buckstone Road at 9am. … Continue reading
New birders are welcome to this bird watchers outing on the beach at Point Holmes. Bruce Moffat will be the leader. To get suitable tide level we will meet at 1:00pm. Meet near the gazebo on Lazo Road.