Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Treasure Hunting in the Meadows

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Participants in the Introduction to Geocaching outing yesterday at Paradise Meadows had a great day treasure hunting around the meadows & all the way up to Lake Helen Mackenzie.

Geocaching around the Boardwalk

Geocaching around the Boardwalk

Thanks to Allen Wells who led a team round the boardwalk, to Tom Furlotte who led a group to Lake Helen Mackenzie , and to geocachers Mike & Lilly who placed a new cache! More info on this addictive hobby on the main Geocaching website and on the mid-island site. (and thanks to Isabella for the photo!)

More treasures have been appearing in the meadows in the form of flowers.
White rhododendron, sticky false asphodel and partridgefoot are abundant. White bog-orchid, northern starflower , and narrow-leaved cottongrass have appeared, as well as yellow flowers of mountain arnica and arrow-leaved groundsel. Mauve flowers of subalpine daisy are notable right now, and a few tiny mauve alpine speedwell are scattered around.

Bird's-beak Lousewort

Bird’s-beak Lousewort

Among the most unusual plants are a few bird’s-beak lousewort near the Buckbean Pond.

One-sided Wintergreen

One-sided Wintergreen

I found a couple of one-sided wintergreen and the tiny orchid northwestern twayblade in the woods along the west Centennial Loop.

Northwestern Twayblade

Northwestern Twayblade

The bright red seed pods of leatherleaf saxifrage are appearing.

Leatherleaf Saxifrage Seed Pods

Leatherleaf Saxifrage Seed Pods

Seed pods of the fern-leaved goldthread are in the woods on the east Centennial Loop.

Fern-leaved Goldthread Seed Pods

Fern-leaved Goldthread Seed Pods

A report of the rare Three-toed Woodpecker on Mount Washington turned out to be a juvenile Hairy Woodpecker which has similar markings. The young woodpecker had a yellowish crown which is the distinctive mark of the Three-toed, but the other plumage indicated it was a Hairy – so this treasure is yet to be found!

Visitors recently include people from Bulgaria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Ireland & Australia! A few items have been turned in to the lost & found at the Wilderness Centre – please stop in if you are missing any items.

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