Trip Report – Exploring for plants along the Woodpecker Trail

Woodpecker Trail
April 24, 2016
6 participants (plus 2 leaders)

Leaders Judith Holm, Barb Hinde and six participants spent a couple of hours exploring plants along the Woodpecker trail. Barb shared her knowledge of the edible and medicinal properties of plants, while Judith helped participants identify species. The bigleaf maples (Acer macrophyllum) were spectacular, with enormous leaves and delicate flowers. All agreed that the scent of Stink Currant (Ribes bracteosum) leaves is really lovely when the foliage is young. Out in the open area beside Crescent Slough, the Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) cones released pollen in clouds.  This is a big year for cone production.

Vanessa returned at the half-way point and caught sight of two very young black bear cubs who were watching our group. Mom no doubt was also right there!

Many thanks to Judith Holm and Barb Hinde for leading this walk and to our Nature Walks Coordinator, Vanessa Isnardy.

Our next nature walk will be held on Sunday, May 29th.

Photos: Judith Holm