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.
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.
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.
The subalpine flowers are still blooming well farther along the Plateau, although many are finished in Paradise Meadows.
On the way out of the Park, a black-tailed deer & two fawns paused for a look before disappearing into the woods.