Kin Beach botany walk

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

Last Monday (May 9) we enjoyed a rare sunny day at Kin Beach Provincial Park. There were lots of plants in bloom. Special thanks to Helen R. for helping lead the group, and for showing us a secret patch of camas!

Though we had our heads down looking at plants most of the time, the birders in our group noticed a pairing of American Kestrels atop a Douglas-fir tree! This was a highlight. Thanks to Kim D. for passing along the falcon pics.

Here are a few photos from this outing (click a photo to enlarge it):

  1. Menzies’ larkspur (Delphinium menziesii)
  1. Western buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)
  1. Small-flowered woodland star (Lithophragma parviflorum)
  1. Barestem desert parsley, also known as barestem biscuitroot, and formerly as Indian consumption plant (Lomatium nudicaule)
  1. Small camas (Camassia quamash)
  1. Streambank springbeauty (Claytonia parviflora): the most uncommon of 5 species of miners’ lettuce that are found in Kin Beach park!
  1. Coastal mugwort (Artemisia suksdorfii)
  1. Botany Group in action!
  1. American Kestrel pair (Falco sparverius). Photos courtesy Kim D.
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