Author Archives: NatureStudent

Three Guardsmen Pass

The Haines Highway curves past Three Guardsmen Lake at the Three Guardsmen Peaks, spectacular scenery all around, at the high point of the pass. Following a tip in Birdfinding in BC, a recent publication by Russell & Richard Cannings, we … Continue reading

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The Dalton Trail

The road north from Haines Alaska was originally a trading trail of the Chilkat Tlingit people – the ‘grease trail’ , named after the eulachon fish, the most important trade item. With the gold rush of the 1890’s , the … Continue reading

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Moose Meadows

From Haines Alaska, we visited Chilkat State Park, encompassing the southern end of the Chilkat Peninsula that separates Chilkat Inlet from Chilkoot Inlet. The trail to Moose Meadows led through forest reminiscent of our own Vancouver Island woods. Emerging at … Continue reading

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North to Alaska

A month ago we embarked on an excursion northward, hoping to reach the Arctic Circle. The first part of the journey was the Alaska Marine Highway, the ferry service along the Inside Passage. As it is part of the US … Continue reading

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Giant Trees, Tiny Birds

Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island is considered the ‘Big Tree Capital of Canada‘, and the Ancient Forest Alliance provides a map & directions to the big trees. On the road leading toward the west coast, still … Continue reading

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Helliwell Park, from Grand to Small

Helliwell Park on Hornby Island is one of the top nature viewing spots in the Comox Valley. Spectacular bluffs of conglomerate rock host one of the driest ecosystems of the area, noticeably warmer than any nearby location on sunny days. … Continue reading

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A Sea of Camas

The recent BC Nature Annual General Meeting in Victoria was a chance to become fully immersed in the abundant richness of spring. One of our outings was a field trip to Uplands Park where the camas meadows were at their … Continue reading

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Airpark April

A new trail in the neighbourhood is a shady greenway that parallels the railway track running into the centre of town. The edge habitat is great for songbirds, and several species of native plants are emerging among the rough understorey. … Continue reading

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Among the Rocks of Mitlenatch

The rocky islands & outcrops of Mitlenatch Island are excellent habitat for nesting birds – but also other fauna. The steep bluffs of West Hill, visible from boats offshore, are nesting sites for Pelagic Cormorants. We saw shorebirds flying past … Continue reading

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April on Mitlenatch

Once again we spent a week on Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park as volunteer wardens. This was our third year as part of the stewardship team that monitors this beautiful place, a protected bird sanctuary. A few mornings , the … Continue reading

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