Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stanley Park Bog Field Trip

There is a secret bog hidden in Stanley Park, with no public access.   The bog is very fragile and it's being restored by the Stanley Park Young Naturalist Club.    CBRG was invited to a work party there. Our host was Brian, a conservation technician from the Stanley Park Ecology Society.   The bog was composed of labrador tea, sphagnum moss and, after a little clearing, a gorgeous patch of sundew.  The Hemlock forest around this bog was growing on peat because the ground was very springy!  Laurence gave advice on water levels and we removed salal and skunk cabbage amongst labrador tea.  Issaku brought cookies and blueberry tea because the crazy boggers have to have their tea break!
Sundews hidden under the salal

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sept 17, CBRG will send a small team to Stanley Park bog

"Several of us have been invited to to assist in the restoration of the  bog in Stanley Park on Saturday. They are just starting restoration and are wanting to take advantage of our expertise. There will be no work party in Camosun Bog this Saturday (September 17) and we will restart work there on the 24th."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lily pad rhizomes

Lily pads were removed from Devil's Hole (the pond) and added to the new pond created at the  19th  avenue entrance.  Note the huge rhizome!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sphagnum: "just add water"

The dried out sphagnum comes back to life when it is hydrated.  Can you see the colour difference?

before wetting

after pouring water on the area:  note the colour change.