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

patches of sphagnum 

labrador tea

tea break

thanks Issaku for arranging the tea