Black Bear Natural Foods Walk - Lower Seymour, August 12
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:55

Sunday August 12th 2018

A tour through my black bear study area, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) and Lynn Canyon Park, North Vancouver.

A joint field trip for Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society.

Meeting Location: Near the gas station of the Superstore, 333 Seymour Blvd., North Vancouver for car-pooling which is required because there is very limited parking at the trail-head. For those leaving their cars at Superstore park well away from the gas station as they may be towed.

Meeting time: 10:30 am.

Duration & length of walk: 2 to 3 hours.

Trip leader: David Cook 604-924-0147.

Terrain: The trail in LSCR is well-maintained. However the trails that we will be using in Lynn Canyon Park are wide and well used but not maintained and have muddy and rooty sections. All trails are moderate terrain with an elevation gain for the day of 50 metres. For those who wish to climb Lookout Hill at the end of the field trip add another 70 metres of elevation gain and an extra hour.

Description of event: The focus will be on the ecology of black bears in their natural environment. You will have an opportunity to see some of the natural foods preferred by our local black bears in two very different ecosystems; a forested area with a high level of coarse woody debris where bears forage for insects in rotten logs and stumps and an unforested berry-bush area. You will see the plant species foraged by bears and a number of bear signs such as a bear-marked tree, logs excavated for grubs and ants and a den.

Registration: Because there is potential for wildlife viewing, numbers must be limited and no dogs please. Register with me at cookeco2@yahoo.com and provide your phone number in case there are last minute changes due to weather.

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