Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Weekend Updates

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One of the participants in last weekend’s Mt Becher hike sent some great photos capturing the views from the peak.

Eagle Over Comox Lake

Eagle Over Comox Lake


Everyone had an eagle’s-eye view!

Overlooking the Beaufort Range

Overlooking the Beaufort Range


Thanks Sarah for the photos!

Hikers reported a cougar sighting in the Park: “a cougar sighting about 1 km past Helen Mackenzie Trail on the way to Kwai Lake. (about 11 am Aug. 13)”. A notice has been placed at the trailhead signboard. A link to BC Parks info on cougars is here.

Several Strathcona Wilderness Institute programs are on the schedule for this weekend. The hike to Upper Myra Falls in the Buttle Lake area tomorrow is full, but hikers (and dog-walkers!) can join the 3 hr hike to Lake Helen Mackenzie in the Paradise Meadows area. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Wilderness Centre, no pre-registration is required.

On Sunday August 17 there is a choice of two activities. For hikers, Julian Brooks will guide an outing to Panther Lake. Pre-register at coordinator@strathconapark.org for this 20 km, 8 hr. hike. Space is limited to 16 participants, no pets please.

Scarlett

Scarlett


For bird lovers, Mountainaire Avian Rescue returns with their charismatic ambassadors for a presentation at 1 p.m. at the Wilderness Centre . MARS Educational outreach worker Reg Westcott and Summer Student Volunteer Ashley will present “Dimorphism in Birds of Prey” with Ambassadors Scarlett and Horus- two Red-Tailed Hawks. Reg is staff with Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) as wildlife care supervisor. Join them at the Paradise Meadows amphitheatre from 1 to 3 pm for a presentation on these amazing birds and how they are affected by human interactions and don’t forget your cameras!

For all SWI activities, dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection. All SWI activities are by donation, $5-10 suggested.

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