Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Conservation Work

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A couple of Strathcona Wilderness Institute volunteers recently accompanied the Conservation Specialist for BC Parks West Coast Region to assist with setting up plant survey plots for a Long-term Ecological Monitoring Project.

Plant Study Plot

Plant Study Plot


The monitoring measures species changes along an elevational gradient. Permanent plots, placed at equal intervals along transects perpendicular to the slope, are measured every four years. Measurements involve estimating percent cover of every species within a 0.5m X 0.5m plot frame. Citizen scientists are encouraged to get involved with the project.

Birds-beak Lousewort

Birds-beak Lousewort


Among the sub-alpine plants found in the study area were oval-leaved blueberry, pink & white mountain-heathers, partridgefoot and some beautiful bird’s-beak lousewort.

Heather & Partridgefoot Meadow

Heather & Partridgefoot Meadow


The subalpine flowers are still blooming well farther along the Plateau, although many are finished in Paradise Meadows.

Black-tailed Deer Family

Black-tailed Deer Family


On the way out of the Park, a black-tailed deer & two fawns paused for a look before disappearing into the woods.

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