Trip Report – Brohm Lake Trail June 24 and 25, 2017

It was fun to be out with others who really appreciate nature.

FERNS are well represented here: 11 species noted (BRACKEN, DEER, FRAGILE, LADY, LICORICE, MAIDENHAIR, OAK, PARSLEY, SPINY, SWORD, WESTERN POLYPODY).

MYCO-HETEROTROPHS (plants which get all or part of their food from parasitism upon fungi rather than from photosynthesis): PINESAP was in varying stages and colorations. The GNOME PLANT had not yet made its appearance. INDIAN PIPE was only just emerging. WESTERN CORALROOT were nearing the end of bloom – and! – along the Bridge Trail it was exciting to find the SPOTTED CORALROOT, which is much less common than WESTERN in the Squamish area. The wintergreens (Pyrola spp) are partial myco-heterotrophs and we compared three species of WINTERGREEN along the Bridge Trail: GREEN, WHITE-VEINED and ONE-SIDED.

PINK CORYDALIS was in bloom on the rocky open lookout along the Cheakamus Loop. In B.C. this is considered an ‘infrequent’ plant.

SEDGES with their triangular stems are plentiful along the shoreline: SMALL-FLOWERED BULRUSH, CATTAILS and SITKA SEDGE. Out in the deeper water, it was too early to see the round-stemmed RUSH species in flower.

Complete Plant List from this outing.

Under Resources on this website, there are a gradually growing number of plant lists from popular trails in some differing habitats near Squamish. If this interests you, consider bringing a list along when hiking one of these trails or a trail with a similar habitat.

The forest was alive with bird songs and calls and we recognized 15 species:

Woodpeckers: Red-breasted Sapsucker
Flycatchers: Willow Flycatcher
Vireos: Warbling Vireo
Jays: Steller’s Jay
Crows: Northwestern Crow
Chickadees: Black-capped Chickadee
Nuthatches: Red-breasted Nuthatch
Wrens: Pacific Wren
Thrushes: Swainson’s Thrush
Wood-warblers: Common Yellowthroat, Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped Warbler
Grosbeaks: Black headed Grosbeak
Towhees: Spotted Towhee
Sparrows: Song Sparrow

 Participants: Rachel Shephard, Sarka Lhotak, Vanessa Isnardy (Saturday) and Kevin Nold (Sunday); Judith Holm (recorder)

More info about Brohm Lake trails.

Photo: by Vanessa Isnardy. Judith, Sarka, and Rachel at a viewpoint on the Brohm Lake trail.