December 12, 2014
by KapteinK
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Start of Winter?

After several warm, windy days of rain (resulting in floods!) down in the Comox Valley, there is finally some snow at Paradise Meadows & on the mountains in Strathcona Park.

Mt Allan Brooks & Mt Albert Edward

Mt Allan Brooks & Mt Albert Edward


This may be the start of the winter season? There were below-zero temperatures a month ago, but not much snow for snowshoeing at 1100m – though it was great for skating on the lakes!

December 9, 2014
by KapteinK
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Ptarmigan Research

Dr. Kathy Martin of the Centre for Alpine Studies, Dept of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, UBC has sent a note about the Vancouver Island White-tailed Ptarmigan research ongoing in Strathcona Park.

“(here is) a recent paper we published using both our field observations and those submitted by the public for ptarmigan….

We are now working on a paper that will attempt to predict how much ptarmigan habitat will change in amount and configuration (patch size, etc) with Climate Change and also how connectivity will change between summer and winter habitat.

Thanks again for your help and support of the project, including your letter of support for Michelle Jackson the postdoc who has led on this work.”

The link to the paper is here. (940 KB pdf)

December 8, 2014
by KapteinK
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Publications Update

The Strathcona Park 2015 calendars are all sold out! after several great community events & presentations. We still have our other publications, such as flower, bird & butterfly ID Guides, which we will sell year-round.
New publications are in progress, such as trees & berries ID guides, as well as maps of Strathcona Park trails beyond the Forbidden Plateau.