Salt Spring Shoreline Natural History Walk with Naturalist, David Denning
11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Sunday, May 5, 2019 start at beach
you will need to be in line up by 9:30 am for 10:10 am ferry from Crofton, this requires leaving Ramada Hotel at 8:45 to allow plenty of time, map to beach will be provided, maps to Cowichan Valley including Crofton will be at registration table.
This natural history walk on Baker Beach, Salt Spring Island, will look at a mixed rocky reef/ mud pocket beach with boulders adjacent to the tidal outflow beach for Booth Canal. This beach is important as a feeding resource for great blue herons and eagles this time of year (we may be a bit early). We will also look at the natural history of intertidal animals we find, and explore some of the unusual adaptations here that allow marine animals to survive.
Footwear suitable for rocky beach terrain is suggested. Rubber boots are very useful to explore all habitats, and I use them myself, but if you don’t have them or can’t wear them, then a sturdy runner or boot that you don’t mind getting dirty or slightly wet will do. The terrain is generally flat, but uneven with boulders and pebbles. Where it is slippery, I ask people to hold a partner or two for stability. A walking stick can be helpful. We will probably only walk a hundred or two hundred meters in this environment.