Strathcona Wilderness Institute

First Day at the Centre

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The Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows opened for Park & trail information today – a warm sunny day in the Park! Dozens of visitors stopped in – from Canada & the US, Germany, & South Africa. The 2 km Centennial boardwalk loop is mostly free of snow – amazing the difference from the past few years, this year is noticeably drier.

Marsh Marigold Meadows

Marsh Marigold Meadows

Flowers are starting to bloom- alpine white marsh marigold, round-leaved yellow violet, and oval-leaved blueberry were most notable.

Big Pond with Toad Ripples

Big Pond with Toad Ripples

In the Big Pond, several curious lumps on the surface turned out to be large Western Toads – a dozen or more! Floating at the surface, they were possibly laying eggs in the water.

Floating Western Toad

Floating Western Toad

Whiskey Jacks of course made an appearance – other birds singing included Olive-side Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Sooty Grouse, & Pine Siskin. Visitors reported Steller’s Jay as well.

A couple of hikers attempted hiking to Circlet Lake but turned back due to losing the trail in the snow – good navigation aids are required in these spring conditions, as the farther trails are not visible under the snow.

The Centre will be open almost every day from now on – stop in & check out the new faces!

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