Sunday, October 18, 2020

Mt. Gardner Summit Hike via Handloggers

Alan Whitehead and Melissa Harrison led 6 other nature lovers on a misty mountain hike up Mt. Gardner via Handloggers Trail where they saw an abundance of fungi throughout the forest.

Photos by Melissa Harrison.







Monday, February 3, 2020

Annual General Meeting and Family Potluck

At the recent AGM, Nature Club members, old and new, enjoyed a delicious potluck followed by Adam Taylor’s amazing footage from his dives around Bowen Island. From heavily armoured Puget Sound king crabs, adorable candy stripe shrimp to curious giant Pacific octopi, Adam revealed the amazing underwater ecosystems all around us. His familiarity with the animals and their behaviour gave us tremendous insight into this hidden world that’s all around us and a new appreciation of its complexity and beauty. Many thanks to Adam for sharing.




Monday, December 9, 2019

Bowen Festival of Lights 2019

The Bowen Nature Club is delighted to be a part of this year’s Festival of Trees. Decorated by Jen Lundin Ritchie and Holly Cleator, the theme emphasizes using natural materials that are environmentally-friendly including “edible” decorations such as bird seed ornaments, and peanut and cranberry garlands.

A warm thank you is extended to the Bowen Island Family Place and the Bowen Island Golf Course for donating the tree and lights so that we could participate in this wonderful event and share our club with the community.





Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mushroom Walk on October 20, 2019

The Bowen Nature Club was pleased to join with the Bowen Island Garden Club to welcome John Field, who led a mushroom foraging walk on October 20, followed by a presentation on “Foraging for Forest Mushrooms” the next day.

About two dozen brave souls braved the pounding rain to follow John through the forest in search of tasty and treacherous treats. The hike started at Thompson Rd with a brief presentation of mushrooms commonly found in Howe Sound, then quickly proceeded down the trail towards Fairy Fen. Along the way, participants scoured the forest floor and John identified the discovered treasures. It was wonderful to learn how many edible mushrooms are growing on Bowen.

Remember, never eat wild foraged mushrooms unless you are 110% sure what they are!

John is a retired science instructor at Capilano University in Sechelt, a Warden for Ambrose Lake Ecological Reserve, a founding member and former director of the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre near Ruby Lake, and a naturalist “by inclination.” He has hosted many field trips, especially mushroom forays. 





Monday, September 23, 2019

Bowen Eco Reserve Hike on September 14, 2019

Despite a day of drizzle, fog, and rain, eight stalwart troopers joined Warden Alan Whitehead on a hike to visit the Bowen Island Ecological Reserve. They wandered among the large firs arriving at the secluded Optimist Fen for lunch. 


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Nature Club at Bowfest August 2019

This year Bowen Nature Club once again had a booth at Bowfest! We featured multisensory games such as “Can you identify this tree?” and “Whose paw is this anyway?” as well as a full-colour marine animal quiz. The public was invited to examine a number of local animal skulls and encouraged to bring their own artifacts for identification. The table was manned by club members, including naturalists like Bowen’s Ecoreserve Warden Alan Whitehead and entomologist Will Husby, who were challenged to answer all manner of nature-related questions from the public. 










Monday, August 19, 2019

Bowen Nature Club Camping Trip July 2019

Tucked away in the Kane Valley near Merritt, BC, secluded Shea Lake provides recreational opportunities for family camping and nature exploring. This past July 6 & 7, Bowen Nature Club members Jonah, Ezra, DG, Bruce, Lyn, Everhard, Melissa and James spent time discovering the local flora and fauna of the area. All photos by Bruce Steele.