Natural Wonders of the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed, with a Little Bit of Outreach

Welcome to another rendition of my blog where you will hear incredible stories about our adventures in the Canadian wilderness.

On June 29, a few of us from BIO teamed up with Pinery Provincial Park and the surrounding Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) to collect, sort and maintain samples of aquatic and soil invertebrates to help construct the DNA barcode library. This will allow us to someday assess the biotic integrity of the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed by sequencing the environmental DNA in a water or soil sample. Continue reading “Natural Wonders of the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed, with a Little Bit of Outreach”

Natural treasures of the west coast of Vancouver Island

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada is a thin strip of land along the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island and is characterized by rugged coasts and lush temperate rainforests. Imagine white sandy coastlines, eagles soaring overhead, ferns, and cushions of moss hanging from the branches of towering Sitka spruce, and the ocean stretching off as far as the eye can see. Continue reading “Natural treasures of the west coast of Vancouver Island”

A Surprise on Pender Island

A good portion of today was spent aquatic sampling at Greenburn Lake on South Pender Island. While sorting through the clutter of bottom debris dumped into our white pan, we found an assortment of different aquatic invertebrates which were all fascinating. But we were particularly captivated by what we found resting on a nearby log on the water’s edge. It was a giant water bug (Belostomatidae). Continue reading “A Surprise on Pender Island”

Aquatic Sampling at the Beaver Pond

E. C. Manning Provincial Park is a unique and beautiful park located in the Cascade Mountains of southwestern British Columbia. Established in 1941, the park consists of over 65,000 hectares of rugged forest-clad mountains, deep valleys, subalpine meadows, sun dappled lakes, and rushing white water. Continue reading “Aquatic Sampling at the Beaver Pond”