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