With the return of spring flowers, Comox Valley Nature is continuing its weekly series of natural history walks with a public guided walk along Tsolum Flats, this coming Sunday (April 14).  Botany Chair, Karin Franzen will be leading this walk and will be on hand, together with other members of the society to provide insights into the flora and fauna of this area.

Tsolum Flats is one of the best sites to catch the early blooms of both species of Pink (Erythronium revolutum) and White (Erythronium oregonum)Fawn Lillies of the Comox Valley spring, as well as a host of other showy flowers.  It is  particularly interesting for the rich variety of  native and non-native trees in a highly modified riparian environment.

The trail is level and gradual, making it easily accessible to a participants with limited mobility.  The walk is on Sunday April 14 at 1pm.  Interested participants can either  meet  at 1pm at the Exhibition Grounds.   The trail is an easy gradual walk.  Questions about this walk should be directed to Karin Franzen (250-334-7737).

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature which fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing weekly guided hikes and undertaking a variety of environmental projects.  Annual memberships are $35,   this includes membership in BCNature, newletters from both organizations, weekly e-mail activity updates, free weekly walks, free monthly lectures,  participation in the birding, botany, photography, wetland restoration, Garry oak restoration., and for young families, the Young Naturalists Club.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island.  Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay.  Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth.  Lecture is open to the public, a $3 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

The forthcoming lectures, from March to May 2013 are part of CVN’s Rachel Carson Memorial lectures honouring women in Environment Studies, and will feature lectures on by scientists specializing in the study of mycorrhizae, and invasive plants.  This is an educational series not to be missed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/   or  Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.

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