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Bats

Bats

Do you know there is sixteen bat species in BC, eight of which are classed as vulnerable or threatened? BC also has the most diverse bat community, as there is only nineteen species in all of Canada.

 Bats are mammals …

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SEAL PUPS ARE COMING

SEAL PUPS ARE COMING

One of the busiest times for GROWLS is seal pup season. On our coast seal pups are born from June to September with births peaking in July and August. Seal pups are coming.  Very soon pregnant seal mothers will retire …

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ORCA

ORCA

One of the best whale watching areas in North America is the British Columbia coast and frequent visitors in the waters around Gabriola are the Orca (orcinus orca). Commonly referred to as killer whales, Orcas are actually not …

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Lewis’ Moon Snail

Lewis’ Moon Snail

Gabriola is an island surrounded by a vibrant, powerful ocean. When the tide goes out another world is exposed to us, with some beautiful and unusual plants and animals.

 The Lewis’ Moon Snail  euspira lewisii   is a predator that …

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ROUGHSKIN NEWT

ROUGHSKIN NEWT

In spring The Roughskin Newt “ Taricha granulosa” migrates from under logs, tree roots and vegetation of their winter homes in the forest to ponds and wetlands. The Taricha (a preserved mummy) granulosa  (full of small grains) is getting ready …

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VANILLA LEAF

VANILLA LEAF

One of the more dramatic native plants we will encounter as we walk through the woods, is the Vanilla Leaf  (Achlys triphlla) Sometimes known as the Deer foot (as its leaves resemble the hoof print of the deer) this …

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THE PACIFIC BANANA SLUG

THE PACIFIC BANANA SLUG

   The Pacific Banana Slug ariolimax columbianus is one of three very large slugs found in BC. In fact the Banana slug seen here on Gabriola is the second largest slug in the world and is native to BC. This …

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Dragonflies

Dragonflies

by Liz Ciocea

Dragonfly

Dragonflies the largest…

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Salmonberry

Salmonberry

by Liz Ciocea

Salmonberry Fruit

Salmonberry Fruit

Graceful, arching woody stems can grow to 4m tall covered in an abundance of green foliage. The stems are golden-brown with twigs that zig zag here and there. Although hairless they do have scattered prickles. Deciduous deep green…

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The (Un) Common Raven

The (Un) Common Raven

by Jean Wyenberg (photo-Mike Wisnicki)

Raven - Photograph by Mike Wisnicki

Raven - Photograph by Mike Wisnicki

The Raven's Tale. (Haida story) Long ago no divisions existed between humans, animals and spirits. All things of the earth, sky, and, water were connected, and all beings could pass freely between them.

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