Posted: 2006-05-05 12:01
April 27-30 & May 1-4 2006
What a great start to the year! Naturalist Bill Merilees led two tours through Desolation Sound and out to his favourite haunt, Mitlenatch Island, were he has spent years as a Park Naturalist. The weather co-operated and Bill certainly didnít let us down with his wonderful depth of knowledge about the B.C. coastís plants and animals. I especially enjoyed acquiring the sense of transition Bill gave to the environment. He knew when and where the introduced species (seaweeds, shellfish, grasses) first appeared and how they were spreading and the overall effects of this on the ecosystem. Billís real passion is for very tiny mollusks (like 2mm across) and he opened a whole new world of marine life to us all. O.k. maybe Billís real passion was for cute sayings, like . . . "Iím like a pair of pants at the dry cleaner . . . pressed for time."
Beach seining for specimens which were quickly returned to the sea.