Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Plant Signs in Place

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Plant signs were were put in place in the meadows today, in preparation for the Spring Flora & Fauna nature walk tomorrow, guided by Betty Brooks.

Strathcona Wilderness Institute has about 30 plant signs, though not all were installed today since not everything is blooming yet.

Thanks to Marin for the photos!

More signs would really be ideal – SWI is hoping to find some funding sources to produce another 20-30 signs.
The meadows/boardwalk loop is now essentially snow-free, though the Lake Helen Mackenzie loop beyond still has soft, deep snow in several places – check at the Wilderness Centre for maps & notes re the snow patches – thanks to Julian for the detailed report! Good footwear will be needed for the Level 1 Hike tomorrow at 10 am, and hiking poles could come in handy.

Another busy day at the Centre – visitors from the Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Ottawa, France, Switzerland…. One visitor was missing his sunglasses , so if anyone finds anything, let us know! Mount Washington’s Alpine Lodge also has a Lost & Found.

A blue grouse was hooting in the early morning, and a ruby-crowned kinglet was perched on a snag outside the Centre for much of the day, singing his signature song – possibly establishing a breeding territory?

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