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Botany report: Frilly Flowers!
Though exotic looking, all of these are quite common in Paradise Meadows and similar subalpine meadow habitats. Buckbean is aquatic, growing in the ponds, deer cabbage is widespread in the meadows, and fringed grass-of-Parnassus is often found along the rocky edges of subalpine streams.
Photos courtesy of botany group photographer John Brears.
1. Buck Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
2. Deer Cabbage (Nephrophyllidium crista-galli)
3. Fringed grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia fimbriata) ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago
Sharing this post from Tsolum River Restoration group. Much work went into covering the toxic mine site to prevent the run off from the mine from killing fish in the Tsolum River. It took years to bring back the salmon. Please help to resolve this issue of all terrain vehicles damage to the site and other ecological sensitive areas. This planet is our only home and our only source of food and water. ... See MoreSee Less
Shoreline Outing: Trent River Estuary, Sept 26th 2019
The next shoreline outing will be our first estuarine outing.
When: 9:30-11:30 am, Thursday, September 26th. (3.5 foot low tide is 10:15)
Where: Meet at the the end of Carey Place in Royston
What: Surveying the algae, plants and invertebrates around the Trent River Estuary.
Carpool: if looking to carpool, we’ll leave at 9:15 from the old thrifty’s parking lot in downtown Courtenay
Prereading: If interested, shoreline member Betty Brooks and co. put together a marvelous report on life in the Trent river delta and estuary for the Canadian Wildlife Service. This is comprehensive in terms of Birds, Invertebrates, Algae and Plants. I’ll try and repurpose portions into a checklist before we go. Perhaps there has been changes in the intervening 32 years.
Safety Precautions: Boots are advised. Access is via a relatively level trail. Shoreline is level with small pebbles and sand.
See you soon,