October 1, 2014
by KapteinK
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Hiking, Working & Photographing

The Comox District Mountaineering Club had a couple of recent hikes into Strathcona Park – to Divers Lake, and Carey Lakes, as well as a couple of work parties – in Mckenzie Meadows, and Carey Lakes.

Photographer Ron Otsu has a series of great posts on his blog about Photographing the Light at Augerpoint, in the Buttle Lake area of the park; as well as trip reports from the summer to Arnica Lake and Syd Watts Peak.

Strathcona Park 2015 Calendars including Ron’s photos can now be ordered online from our website here.

September 28, 2014
by KapteinK
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Flocks & Families

The Comox Valley was filled with fog yesterday morning but blue sky was available by going up the mountain to Paradise Meadows.

Valley of Cloud

Valley of Cloud


Hikers & others were more active & visible at high elevations than in the Valley below.

Young Black-tailed Deer

Young Black-tailed Deer


A family of Black-tailed Deer foraged at the side of the road near the top of the hill. The mother was farther along the road.

Geese in the Meadows

Geese in the Meadows


At the trailhead a great cacophony filled the air – what sounded like hundreds of birds in the meadows! It turned out to be over 100 Greater White-fronted Geese, along with about 25 Cackling Geese, and a couple of Canada Geese in the flock. Cackling Geese look like a small Canada Goose but their cackling call is quite different from the honking call of Canada Geese. Thanks to Loys & Alison for the geese photos!

Greater White-fronted Geese

Greater White-fronted Geese


Hikers all day reported seeing the flock in the meadows, probably feeding there due to the obscured foggy fields in the Valley. Unfortunately hikers also reported a group with a dog chasing the birds in the meadows – a violation not only of the Park regulation to keep dogs on leash, but of federal legislation protecting migratory birds during migration. As well as reporting to the volunteers at the Wilderness Centre, or to the Parks Facility Operators, visitors can report such infractions to BC Parks.

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes


In addition to the geese, several flocks of Sandhill Cranes circled overhead during the day, on their southbound migration. It is always a thrill to hear the croaking of the cranes high in the sky during the month of September. Sometimes the birds are so high they can’t be seen, only heard far overhead.

September 26, 2014
by KapteinK
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Hike Cancellation

The hike to Lake Beautiful scheduled for tomorrow, Sat. Sept. 27, has had to be cancelled due to illness of the volunteer guide.
The hike could be re-scheduled for Sat. Oct. 11 if there is interest – email coordinator(at)strathconapark(dot)org if interested.
The Wilderness Centre will be still staffed by volunteers as usual this weekend.