Wednesday, 28 June 2017

To learn about nature in the Comox Valley join a naturalist walk

By Keith and Heather Nicol
Tiger Lilies were a highlight
     The Comoc Valley Naturalists offer a variety of guided walks throughout the year and on Sunday June 25 we joined 10 others at Nymph Falls Regional Park to learn about some of the woodland shrubs, flowers and trees that reside in that area. The leader was Alison Maingon who we had met last summer leading wildflower and other walks in Strathcona Provincial Park for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute. If you are concerned that you don’t know enough to join one of these walks don’t let that deter you. Although some people are quite knowledgeable most people on this walk were keen to learn about even basic id tips like how to tell the difference between a hemlock, cedar  and a douglas fir tree. 
A large trillium with a seed capsule
  Since it was one of the hottest days of the summer so far it was good that we were in the shady forest where it was cooler. We tried our hand at learning some of the different ferns and flowers and Alison probably identified about 30 different species of plants for us. A highlight was seeing a small patch of tiger lilies which we discovered right at the end of our walk. If you are interested in learning about nature in the Comox Valley then try a walk with the Comox Valley Naturalists. They can be reached at  By the way Alison is leading a wildflower walk for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute this Saturday, July 1 for anyone wanting a learn what flowers inhabit Paradise Meadows in the Park. 
Part of the group with the Puntledge River in the background

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