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Cowichan Lake Lamprey

Joy Wade, of Fundy Aqua, will be speaking on Cowichan Lake lamprey, which  is a threatened species found only in Cowichan and Mesachie lakes on Vancouver Island.  With increasing competition for resources in this ecosystem and a changing climate we need to work to manage water resources to the benefit of all users, lamprey included. A new way of ensuring resilience for the continued survival of the species is needed now, in the absence of data and certainty.

The Humpbacks Return, Eric Marshall

Cowichan Valley Naturalists co-president and retired DFO  librarian, Eric Marshall, will discuss a brief history of whaling on our coast which will be followed by an account of various humpback whales research programs that I (the author) has been involved with which shows that the populations in the north Pacific are recovering and are now back at pre-whaling levels.

Saturday, May 4, Somenos Marsh Tour

On Saturday May 4  Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) biologist, Dr. Dave Preikshot, and Program Manager, Elizabeth Aitken, will be leading the trip.  This field trip will be an informative journey through the natural assets of the Somenos watershed. Learn about the cultural shifts that have enveloped this area and their effects on aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals and the work SMWS is undertaking on the lake, creek and wetlands to monitor and restore impacted ecosystems. The walk will begin and end at the Somenos Open Air Classroom, beginning with a  boardwalk loop, continuing along the dike to Lakes Rd and back again. Points of interest include the Open Air Classroom and boardwalk lookouts, sweeping views of flooded fields with waterfowl from the dike, constructed wetland restoration project site, and riparian restoration on Somenos Creek.

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

A visit to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre will have you exploring under the sea, in the mud, and in the air! Guided by engaging and knowledgeable nature interpreters, you’ll hear about the history of the estuary while exploring the seashore and ‘scoping’ out wildlife from the observation tower. Learn about the significance of the site for the Cowichan Tribes First Nation, along with current cultural projects happening nearby.  And no trip to the Nature Centre is complete without an up close and personal ‘meet and greet’ with the sea creatures in our touch tank!”

Cowichan Nature Estuary Centre

A visit to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre will have you exploring under the sea, in the mud, and in the air! Guided by engaging and knowledgeable nature interpreters, you’ll hear about the history of the estuary and the Nature Centre while exploring the seashore and ‘scoping’ out wildlife from the observation tower. Learn about the significance of the site for the Cowichan Tribes First Nation, along with current cultural projects happening nearby.  And no trip to the Nature Centre is complete without an up close and personal ‘meet and greet’ with the sea creatures in our touch tank!”

Friday, May 3, Somenos Marsh Walk

Date: Friday, May 3 please join Dave Aldcroft, past CVNS president and long time Somenos Marsh Society member, on this trip. This field trip will be an informative journey through the natural assets of the Somenos watershed. Learn about the cultural shifts that have enveloped this area and their effects on aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals and the work SMWS is undertaking on the lake, creek and wetlands to monitor and restore impacted ecosystems. The walk will begin and end at the Somenos Open Air Classroom, beginning with a  boardwalk loop, continuing along the dike to Lakes Rd and back again. Points of interest include the Open Air Classroom and boardwalk lookouts, sweeping views of flooded fields with waterfowl from the dike, constructed wetland restoration project site, and riparian restoration on Somenos Creek.
2.5 hours of walking, 5.5 km, easy flat walking, wheelchair accessible, no washrooms. 
To bring: participants should dress for the weather with comfortable footwear and bring drinking water, snacks and binoculars if possible

 

Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve

Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve and other stops: Max: 15. Genevieve Singleton, Reserve warden will take you on a lovely walk in the Reserve known for pink lilies and many other flowers. The lilies will be over their peak, but still there will be much to see along Sutton Creek and in the second growth forest. There will also be stops along Cowichan River and Bear Lake. Lunch will be eaten at Gordon Bay Provincial Park. We will be finished at approximately 2 pm. One can leave earlier.  Easy walking; Mostly flat walking, some stops along river along slight inclines

Butterfly walk

Butterflies, Derrick Marven. Max: 10, Derrick has been watching, photographing and collecting butterfly data for nearly 30 years in the Cowichan Valley. The Cowichan area has had over 50 butterfly species recorded at different times of the years, many of which are rare species for the province.   We will take a casual walk along a old railroad bed behind one of our parks where many wildflowers grow, which in turn attracts many species.    It will have to be sunny and at least 16c for a few days before this trip to be good, if we are unable to get the attention of the sun gods we will have to put up with flowers and birds along the same route. I know sorry.  Be prepared to walk for about 1.5 km each way slowly over uneven but level elevation ground. It does get very hot in this location so a drink is a necessity also a snack for those that require sustenance along the way.