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Manning Park Trip August 8 2018

A second visit to the Manning Alpine took place in August to see if the flowers were now at their peak.  Although that was not the case the sunny day and cooler weather was pleasant. There were many interesting plants: columbine, marsh marigold, slender orchid, leather leaf saxifrage and mountain daisy to name a few.  A family of 5 visiting from Hong Kong accompanied us and enjoyed the alpine walk with the park naturalist.  Interesting tidbits she shared included Sitka Valerian is pollinated by flies thus the putrid scent; mosquitoes pollinate alpine blueberries; Pocket gophers have fur-lined cheeks that it uses to pack out excavated dirt; nectar rich paint brush are pollinated by Rufous hummingbirds, the Columbian ground squirrel is an interloper who followed the roads into the park and has displaced the golden-mantled ground squirrel in most places; the Hoary marmot previously thriving in the alpine area is gone probably because too much people food was not suitable for its long hibernation period and the Pika is a lagomorphs related to rabbits. On the hike back to the car we observed an American three-toed woodpecker working over a black spruce trunk.

            

               Indian Paint Brushes                   Marsh Marigolds                            Slender Orchids