Wilband Creek Park: Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

 

A good turnout  of members for this trip despite the rainy day.  The restoration work and new viewing stand project spearheaded by the Abbotsford Mission Nature Club was a joy.  Many interesting water birds including Canvasback and Northern shovelers- were enjoyed. Luckily we were at Lepp’s Café for lunch when the real rain began.

 

 

 

 

 

UBC Botanic Garden: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Denis, Mel, Marg and Bona and I as well as Anne McIntyre came along on the tour.  Ben Stormes, curator, led a great tour and we were all pleased.  He explained the purpose of the garden in preserving species rather than a show garden, told us about their collections and collecting policy and how they try to access seed from over its range in order to get a good genetic representation.  Ben took us to the Gary Oak gardens, Pacific Slope garden and the native plant garden.  Afterwards, he also led us through the alpine gardens and the eastern North American gardens showing us species in NA and then on the way out, their related Asian varieties. Like the speaker on outdoor education, he went over proven effects of forests on humans.  –Lee Larkin