Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Flourishing Flora & Fauna

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The flower colours at Paradise Meadows continue to increase, and with the warm weather now after several days of rain, conditions are just right for some spectacular photography.

Paradise Creek

Paradise Creek


Both pink & white mountain-heathers are now blooming around the creeks & ponds.

Drummond's Cinquefoil

Drummond’s Cinquefoil


Drummond’s cinquefoil is adding yellow accents, along with mountain arnica.

Buckbean

Buckbean


In the ponds, buckbean is blooming. The flowers are incredibly intricate at close viewing.

Deer-cabbage

Deer-cabbage


Closely related to the buckbean is deer-cabbage, growing in wet areas, which also has five-petalled , fringed flowers.

Common Butterwort

Common Butterwort


Purple flowers are emerging, including common butterwort, with its distinctive lime-green leaves. I found one example of alpine speedwell near the ‘Four Trees’ bench – check the plant signs or ask at the Centre for the location! (near stop #6 on the Interpretive Trail Map)

Northern Starflower

Northern Starflower


Several northern starflower are blooming near the ‘Beaver Crossing’ junction of the Centennial Loop Trail & the Paradise Creek Trail (stop #11 on the Interpretive Trail Map).

Dark-eyed Junco Adult

Dark-eyed Junco Adult


Near the Sundew Pond, I heard a chorus of twittering among a clump of trees. A couple of adult Dark-eyed Juncos emerged to fill up their beaks with seeds.

Dark-eyed Junco Adult Feeding Juvenile

Dark-eyed Junco Adult Feeding Juvenile


As I waited quietly, eventually some of the juvenile juncos peeked out, and I was lucky enough to get some photos of an adult feeding the young! The juvenile birds have grown to the same size as the adults, but have plumage more like a sparrow, with brown streaking.

Black Bear in Meadow

Black Bear in Meadow


As a final wildlife sighting for the day, we spotted a Black Bear feasting on lush grasses near the Puntledge River, once we had come down the hill.

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  1. Great viewing, loved the Juncos feeding!

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