The Almost Fall Nature Walk last night was an opportunity to enjoy a pre-dusk walk on the mountain.

Thanks to everyone for coming out.

We sparked the kids’ interest and the adults absorbed just a little more knowledge about the broad range of indigenous plants we have here in Richard Bolton Park, and in the Covenant/Natural Trails. The birds were quiet in our inner-community walk, in contrast to the August 2010 Nature Walk.
I’ve planned to venture into the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Park this week just to verify if the few birds is due to season, and not any lack of habitat.

The Tree/Riparian Covenants at UniverCity are superb programs for natural diversity. The natural areas encourage pride and respect of our community and also creates a healthy distance between sensitive habitats in our midst and the human habitants of the community. Yesterday I spotted my first Douglas Squirrel. There have been a number of false positives – I mistook a pair of grey coloured squirrels. In fact the indigenous Douglas Squirrel is a smaller Squirrel with red and white on its chest.

Local natural diversity so close to home is fabulous. We need covenants to be encouraged on the South Slope Development and West Highland Development. They provide a great format for reliable stewardship.

As those who know me, I still rave about the Long-Toed Salamander I saw in November of 2008 on the University East Ring Road about 20 metres from my home. There are a number of Salamanders locally, the long-toed salamander is one of the rarest.

The Nature Walk is organized by UNES, with host Krystal Brennan, Education Coordinator of Burnaby Wildlife Rescue and made possible by sponsorship of the SFU Trust.

Enjoy the sun.

UniverCity, Burnaby Mountain, BC