In Pictures: Day Two of The Chickadee Nature Festival

By David F. Rooney

This year’s Chickadee Nature Festival wrapped up Sunday with birding, a Bio Blitz and “a weed pull” at Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk in Mount Revelstoke National Park.

The Bio Blitz encouraged visitors to record and identify all of the different species of plants, bugs and amphibians they could find that the boardwalk. Parks Canada biologists and ecologists were on hand at different stations along the boardwalk to help participants identify their finds. As for the weed pull, the adults and kids who enthusiastically volunteered had a great time pulling up thistles and spotted knapweed.

Here are some photos from the morning’s events:

Julia Dorius (left) talks with Parks Canada's Alice Weber about the Bio Blitz held at the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk on Sunday morning. A Bio Blitz is an event in which participants try to find and identify as many different species of plants and animals as possible. David F. Rooney photo
This location within Mount Revelstoke National Park is called the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk for a reason. David F. Rooney photo
Parks Canada biologist Andrew Jones points to an illustration of a bug that Julia and Sophie Dorius found in pond water scooped up from a pond at the boardwalk. The two girls thought the aquatic bugs were pretty cool. David F. Rooney photo
Michelle Barisoff, Tara Johnson and Parks Canada's Jeff Bolingbrook use nets to scoop up aquatic bugs from a pond during the Bio Blitz at the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk. David F. Rooney photo
Robyn Abear and Lisa Larson look for frogs and other amphibians in one of the ponds at the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk. David F. Rooney photo
Lisa Larson scans the weed-choked surface of a pond for frogs. David F. Rooney photo
Parks Canada's Danielle Backman looks up the description of a plant, tentatively identified as a violet, for Julia and Sophie Dorius and other participants in the Chickadee Nature Festival's Bio Blitz on Sunday. David F. Rooney photo
Parks Canada's Alice Weber leads a party of volunteers in "a weed pull" at the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk after Sunday's Bio Blitz. Spotted knapweed was their weed of choice. David F. Rooney photo