One of my projects has been to continue the monitoring work performed for SRWS by Karenn Bailey and Jennifer Buchanan, both B.C.I.T. Ecological Restoration graduates. It has consisted of monitoring wetlands created previously or conserved in the following areas: Pinecrest, Culliton, Brohm and the Sea to Sky Gondola. This summer has proven to be a challenge for these wetlands. While they are all ephemeral, many have dried up many weeks earlier than previously recorded.
Pinecrest Pond from May 21st to July 3rd, 2015
Wetland Residents and Neighbours
I have spotted many amphibians in these wetlands including the provincially blue listed Northern Red-legged frog (Rana aurora) in the Brohm wetlands.
Have your observation skills ever been tested? Our instructor was making a point and showed us this video:
Point taken. I have tried to become more "observant" yet it seems to be such an impossible endeavour. We are designed to focus on a task and ignore all of the extraneous information. One of my tasks over the past few weeks has been to "tag" what we have been calling "Significant" trees in the District of Squamish. The goal is to catalogue and GPS trees that are either substantial in size or that have some unique feature that causes them to stand out. With this in mind, I started to notice all of the interesting and LARGE trees that we have. They also tend to be nicely diverse, meaning there are no stands of one species dominating. Along a trail I will find a random assortment of large trees that are typical of the area. This is what natural regeneration is about. So far, the big 6 I have found are: Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Black Cottonwood, Douglas-fir and, living up to its name, Big Leaf Maple.
To test your powers of observation, see if you notice these tags (harmless to the tree):
A Student Again... and Loving It!
This summer I will be exploring and learning more about the place I have called home for many years. While working for the Squamish River Watershed Society, I expect to build on the knowledge I have gained in my past year at BCIT's Ecological Restoration Program. My name is Vanessa Logie Isnardy and you can follow along as I post about my adventures.