One Frog, Two Frog, Green Frog, Blue Frog

This past weekend, I headed down to Rondeau Bay to have a relaxing few days at the cottage. Usually this consists of boating, fishing, campfires, and enjoying the backyard scenery. Unfortunately, Saturday brought windy, rainy weather, so I couldn’t enjoy many of these activities. Even though Mother Nature was not being cooperative with my weekend plans, I still decided to go out and see what kind of things I could find in the rain. This was a great decision, as I found a very cool green frog (Lithobates clamitans). Continue reading “One Frog, Two Frog, Green Frog, Blue Frog”

Happily Herping

This past Saturday – as many of you might know – was the Ontario BioBlitz weekend. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the event, the traditional BioBlitz or “blitz” is a 24-hour period in which both trained biologists and citizens scientists try to observe and record as many species as possible in a specific area. After the event these collected observations help to quantify the diversity and abundance of plant and animal species in the selected area to create more focused research and conservation efforts. Continue reading “Happily Herping”

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”

Phlox, Frogs and Snow!

Today is the day before we take our leave of E.C. Manning Provincial Park. In the morning we were being pelted by rain, which was much warmer than the light and sparse flurries of snow we had received the night before”… Snow!!! In June! Definitely enjoying the variety of weather here in British Columbia that we have experienced so far, everything from heavy rain, to sunshine, and now even snow. Continue reading “Phlox, Frogs and Snow!”