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Apr 13 – SCWIST Nature Walk Series: Beach Walk with Terry Taylor

When: 13 April 2013, Noon – 2:30 pm
Where: Jericho Concession building, east Jericho Beach (map)

We are at the lowest tide of the year at the new moon in April on this walk along the last wild beach in Vancouver. The beach is at its widest during this walk, which means that we will be able to experience a greater diversity of plants, animals, and geological forms than at other times of the year. A proposal has been made to build a seawall along this stretch of beach, so be sure to see it while it is still relatively untouched. On the walk you will discover tide pool invertebrates, understand the geology of why the beach is sloped, and touch pebbles brought there by the ancient glaciers that once covered Vancouver. Bring your magnifying glass to view the beautiful diatoms, seaweeds, and the rare find of fossils near the Dunbar street access. You will even see an ancient volcanic dyke that might be 32 million years old, as well as coal outcroppings—a reminder that here were once ancient trees. For a more detailed description of this great hike, go to http://rhizomnium.blogspot.ca/2012/09/the-kitsilano-natural-foreshore.html

Three knowledgeable naturalists will lead this hike– each with his or her own specialty: Terry Taylor, a plant expert, Sheila Byers, a marine biologist, and Dave Cook, a geologist. Terry was our intrepid leader on the mycology walk in Pacific Spirit Park that was so well-attended.

Terry Taylor is a UBC Research Associate and expert in mycology (fungus family). He has studied local botany and mycology for 40 years and is a founding member of the Vancouver Mycological Society.

Sheila Byers is a marine invertebrate biologist and works with the Vancouver Natural History Society on the Marine Biology Committee. She often leads beach walks to share some of Vancouver’s marine invertebrates with people.

David Cook is the Chair of the Vancouver Natural History Society’s Geology Section and has been leading geology field trips for several years. He is in the process of writing several Self Guided Geology Tours

Things to bring: waterproof boots that you don’t mind getting wet, muddy or sandy. Be prepared for wind or rain. Layers work best, so bring a knapsack add a container of water, and a snack, cap and/or sun visor if you want.

Transportation if not by car: take a bus that goes to 4th & Alma or Broadway & Alma (including any bus going to UBC). Get off the bus at Alma and walk north towards the mountains/English Bay (15 mins). The museum will be on the left (west) side of the street.

RSVP required to be sent to pbaird11(at)gmail(dot)com.

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