|Silver Sands Nature Trail - May 12, 2018
We were so fortunate and pleased to have Kyle Fitzpatrick lead our visit to
Silver Sands Nature Park in Sicamous on Sat., May12. Kyle is an enthusiastic
naturalist and scientist who readily shared his knowledge of plant and bird life
as well as of the First Nation’s history in the area. We also appreciated
expertise from Di Wittner, Ed and Helga.
This very scenic spot is a forested
area in the loop formed by the now engorged Eagle River. Tall cottonwoods with
fissured trunks and their healthy offspring fill the canopy and Di examined
their huge cavities for signs of owl life.The surrounding forest is alive with
bird calls but the height of the trees make identification challenging. We saw
some colourful warblers and were arrested by the diving rufous hummingbirds.
Meanwhile on the forest floor we watched Kyle examine a large, healthy grub and
Di searched the dead leaves to reveal a mouse nest. We wondered what rodent made
the tooth marks all along a fallen log. Twinflower, Solomon seal and Hooker’s
fairy bells were in bloom.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing
closeups of beautifully patterned butterflies such as the Anise Swallowtail,
the Mourning Cloak and the Spring Azure which comically attached itself to
Tamara’s shoe and travelled with us a while. I’m sure the rest of the group took
home many more good memories of the walk in Silver Sands Nature Park.
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Photos by Jo-Ann Smith