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    Vancouver island: bog hike June 6 2020

    We ended up hiking up to the lake up the ridge from the bog. It was partially ringed by sphagnum with many gentians and was totally worth checking out. After checking the lake we decided to make our way out following the creek that drains the bog. On our way to the creek we came across some...
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    Vancouver island: bog hike June 6 2020

    I am not aware of any boreal chorus frogs being found on Vancouver island. As far as I know both of the frogs in Steve's post and the one in mine are just various colour morphs of the pacific chorus frog(Pseudacris regilla). Its amazing how many combinations of colour and pattern these frogs...
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    Vancouver island: bog hike June 6 2020

    Here are some pictures I took of today's bog trip. I am stoked to head up there again when the snow has been off longer and more plants are looking their best. It was a very fun day. One of the highlights was when Shane stepped on what he thought was solid ground and ended up in the mire...
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    Carson's forestry photos

    Nice pic of the "fairy barf" lichen (Icmadophila ericetorum ). Its neat to see it growing on live sphagnum.
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    Ray's Patio-Bogs

    Very nice patio-bogs! That newest one looks amazing.
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    Carson's forestry photos

    At least there were no chunks of goretex and bear bells in it. Thats when you start looking over your shoulder. Its always neat to see what they have been eating. I remember seeing lots of griz turds in the rockies that were 100% cow parsnip stalks that looked almost completely undigested. The...
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    Man eating CPs in Canada!?

    Unless they can get in and out easily it seems like an ectotherm like a salamander would have a tough time comfortably thermoregulating in there during the heat of the day. Maybe its worth the risk for those delicious pre killed insects though.
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    Carson's forestry photos

    I am going to attempt to I.D. these as well even though nobody asked because I just cant help myself. Please correct me if I am wrong. Homo sapiens cruiserensis Platanthera stricta Corallorhiza mertensiana A reminder to secure ones food from bears Monotropa hypopithys Corallorhiza mertensiana...
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    Carson's forestry photos

    Just noticed this post. Great pics. I think I may be able to help with some ids. Sphagnum is super hard to pin down without a close look though. From left to right: Calypso bulbosa, Geranium erianthum, Cornus canadensis, Caltha leptosepala and its a full out guess about the sphagnum but I say...
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    Ottawa - Mer Bleue

    Great pictures! You really found that Cypripedium acaule (Pretty sure thats what it is) looking its absolute best. I wish we could see those in B.C.
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    Bear lake bogs-Vancouver island-B.C.

    Found with the more common for our area D.rotundifolia
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    Bear lake bogs-Vancouver island-B.C.

    Microseras borealis Juncus supiniformis Swamp gentian (Gentiana douglasiana) With bonus unidentified mite Deer-cabbage (Fauria crista-galli) Sticky false-asphodel (Triantha glutinosa) Bog blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) Not our most delicious blueberry or maybe I am just picky. Best left for...
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    Bear lake bogs-Vancouver island-B.C.

    This location is one of my favourite bogs on Vancouver island. I wanted to share it because I know many of you like to see the plants and habitat that the carnivores we love grow with in the wild. It would be great to see carnivorous plant habitat and associated plants that others have come...
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    Bog Substrate

    As for the depth I don't think it matters much. My bog barrels are only at most 12cm of peat above the reservoir pot with about 15cm of sphagnum growth on top of that. Most of what grows in bogs only has roots in the upper part of the peat anyway with many species with roots just in the white...
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    Bog Substrate

    I suggest filling it with something that acts as a water reservoir. I would get a bunch of old plastic pots and drill lots of small holes in them. Connecting them all with pipe and having a way to fill them on one end of the series would be ideal. That would save on peat, re-use old pots and...
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