Macauley Park, SE Vancouver Island
Garry Oak Ecosystem-Dense-flowered Lupine , Lupinus densiflorus
Species at risk-An annual with a highly restricted distribution known from three Canadian locations. The total population size is small and fluctuates considerably depending on climatic conditions.
These populations are subject to continued risks from habitat loss and degradation due to activities such as urban development, trampling, mowing and competition with invasive exotic plants.
From Parks Canada: This popular trail climbs alongside of Thechàl Dhâl and above Sheep Creek. It offers excellent views of the Slims River Valley as it opens up into the sub alpine. This is an excellent trail for viewing Dall sheep in the spring as the sheep are usually found at lower elevations.
An after supper hike on the Dezadeash Trail, above. We finished at about 10 PM, still bathed by bright sun. Caution: Grizzlies also use this trail, as do Moose. In Kluane, this is considered a short and easy trail, only 5.5 kms.
The variety of habitat along this trail makes it an especially good place to watch for birds. Also, if you look carefully you can find other animal sign such as moose browsing, squirrel middens (caches), a beaver dam, bear claw marks on trees, etc.
Thanks to Rod Schjerning of The Viking and The Wolf River Expeditions, I got to raft down 25 Kms of the Klondike River and fish for Arctic Grayling...Also, thanks to Norm Brown for signing me up and for explaining the joys of NZ's North Island. This was the tour that starts at 6 PM, and ends around 9 PM. Yukon close to the summer Solstice makes for long glorious days.
From a quickly moving raft, getting this shot was difficult, and I did NOT know which species it was until I downloaded the photo: Northern Shoveler, Spatula clypeata. This duck breeds throughout the Yukon.
You may have to take a canoe/kayak guided paddle through the salt water Florida Bay to see the above plant. It is Tillandsia fasciculata Sw. var. densispica Mez Giant Airplant along the coastal Mangrove Swamps.
12 footer is one of about 2000 American Crocodiles, Crocodylus acutus in the waters of the southern tip of Florida. This is an example of endangered species recovering from the brink of extirpation from Florida.
From sub tropical Everglades, we begin our journey home along the Atlantic Coastal Plain, stopping at Merritt Island, and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Reserve at the boundary area between Florida and Georgia:
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Above, a sign and fence separating the Space Center from the National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Below, a view toward the Kennedy Space Center from the Refuge. I prefer the $10 charge for the NWR. It costs $50 a PERSON to enter the Space Center! Note, I have met two real rocket scientists who work for the Space Center who spend their free time looking at birds.
Dryocopus pileatus, in Florida are substantially smaller than our northern Pileateds. This one, below, is more of a curiosity since it has a malformed bill. We wondered how it had survived. The smaller body volume of resident birds here is considered to be exemplary of Bergmann's Rule (see note above regarding otters).
Above, a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, Buteo lineatus. These birds are very common throughout Floida. Although the same species as our Red-shouldered Hawks, the Florida birds are considered a separate sub-species, on average smaller and are paler than our birds.
Sceloporus undulatus, demonstrating for a nearby female.
. Each plant is no bigger than a coin. They only grow in this specialized habitat inland from the Atlantic.
Climacodon septentrionalis. And below, proof that not all Common Loons in the USA are missing their familiar patterns.