Pollinators Week: BC Bees & Wanna-bees
A happy bee enjoying the offerings of a camas / kwetlal flower
As of today, Kate and I are officially on our way to becoming certified pollinator stewards thanks to Island Pollinator Initiative's wonderful new webinar series. The first session enlightened us about the importance of pollinators to food production and biodiversity, with a special focus on BC's native bees.
Tread Lightly: Wildflowers On The Slope
Camas in Bloom: Beautiful Variations in Hue
Secret of the ghost swing
Known in some Salishan languages as the 'swing of the ghost' (or of the owl: q’ít’əәʔəәtsəәspəәlqwít’thəәʔ), this beautiful western trumpet honeysuckle provides food and shelter for at least 20 bird species in our area, and is also frequented by swallowtail butterflies. Likewise, amongst hominids, its nectar has served as a natural treat for children, its leaves and bark used for medicine, and its stems for building bridges.
Spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum)
Today was likely the last sunny day we'll have here over the next week, so Kate and I spent some time out removing invasive daphne and scotch broom, both of which spread easily, crowding out the native ecosystem. After a fair deal of grunting and sweating, we made a very satisfying amount of headway.
#Meanwhile, I encountered a few more of our non-human neighbors...