In fact, so rainy, most of my container plants drowned notwithstanding repeated attempts at draining the containers. Mosquitoes and under-story plants flourished all summer, even in dry areas. On the upside, we rented a cottage at Lake Charlotte for late June and most of July. The rains kept visits and large motors on over-sized boats to a minimum, enabling frequent canoe and kayak fishing outings and quiet nature observation.
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Above is the new Welcome Centre, built mostly through volunteer contribution. Below is the crowd gathered for the opening of the Centre, including many of my fellow Board members, and volunteers, and Lolly, Shaun and Amelia's loyal pet.
One of North America's most successful songbirds is the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), which can be found wherever there is a shrub. I learned on a recent trip to Vancouver Island and the Yukon that western populations of this bird are larger and more reddish brown in colour. There are 24 sub-species of this bird on the continenet. It is well-named, as its songs welcome most of us at dawn in spring.
Dolomedes tenebrosus and Dolomedes scriptus.