Category Archives: Naturelog

Carnivorous Plants of BC

Sundew — Drosera anglica

A little known fact – Northern BC has carnivorous plants!   Sundews attract, capture, and then digest their victims … ok their victims are small insects and not large mammals so we have nothing to fear from them.     I never knew about them until a curious student from UNBC went looking.   From James Jones, here is an introduction to his work

My research at the Aleza Lake Research Forest consists of two-fold approaches to examining the ecology of Sundews native to British Columbia, Canada (Drosera rotundifolia L. and Drosera anglica Huds.). Continue reading Carnivorous Plants of BC

Stream Rehabilitation

Hansard Creek Crossing - Before and After
Hansard Creek Crossing - Before and After

In August, Phase I of Hansard Creek Stream Restoration project was completed.   The project focused on the restoration of fish passage on an existing major forest road crossing on Hansard Creek (i.e. construction of a fish weir), and rehabilitation of fish habitat on a 200-metre-long stream reach below the crossing.

Historically, the creek had been modified Continue reading Stream Rehabilitation

Are Moose Creating Bird Habitat?

ALRF staff and a group of UNBC students were visiting a   teaching site in a shelterwood harvest  treatment in late August when someone noticed a bird nest located in a short but very branchy birch tree. The site has been actively browsed by moose ever since the 18 ha block was harvested in winter 1994/95. The browse in this area was so extensive that the moose  were basically controlling the brush, making room for the planted spruce to  grow in the understory.
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