Saturday, September 19, 2020

Rainy work party

 After days of wildfire smoke from the U.S. , it finally rained and crazy boggers held a work party in beautiful Camosun bog! 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Work Party during a pandemic

 CBRG had strict physical distancing protocols in place for the first work party in 2020!  It was lovely day of clearing near the pond. Sundews are getting smaller as they get ready for fall

Bunchberry and Fairy puke

 Bunchberry and fairy puke in a dry bog. The sphagnum was a little dry in the restored area today. Sundews are making seedheads. Did some sketching in the bog


                                        seedhead of a sundew


        fairy puke fungus

Sunday, June 7, 2020

visiting Richmond Nature Bog

Some of us visited Richmond Nature Park, another lower mainland bog. We saw Sphagnum,

Shore pine, bog blueberry, and labrador tea. The quaking bog trail was bouncy like parts of Camosun bog. Richmond Nature park is part of the traditional territory of the Musqueam people.

labrador tea

bog bilberry ( blueberry)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

minibog for learning during a pandemic

CBRG lent out the minibog to Gladstone Secondary Learning Commons (library) so that students who come for in-class learning can experience Camosun bog.  Gerry and I assembled the little minibog that included arctic starflower, labrador tea, kalmia, false lily of the valley, bunchberry, a little sphagnum moss and sundew! A few students have enjoyed experiencing these plants so far.

Cascara in Camosun bog

The cascara tree, Rhamnus pursianahas, has bark that can be used for medicine. The anthraquinones in the bark can be used for its laxative properties.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sundew, Lipstick lichen and arctic starflower in the bog today

The sundews are unfurling their tendrils in the bog and arctic starflower blooms like a constellation.  The fragrance of labrador tea is in the air, a welcome respite from a pandemic

arctic starflower

lipstick lichen

arctic starflower

labrador tea