Tamsin Baker of the South Coast Conservation Program put on a wonderful workshop on the weekend (March 3rd) about endangered species in the Tri-Cities area. Along with Pamela Zvit and Dr. Terry McIntosh, Tamsin directed an educational presentation with a slide and talk. We then went for a walk along the Coquitlam River, the PoCo Traboulay Trail, to the location of the native and rare, Streambank Lupine, which the City of Port Coquitlam has helped preserve.
We learned that the Streambank Lupine has been popping up around the Lower Mainland due to soil distribution. In the past the lupine, which needs sandy, gravely soil, was fed by the flooding of the Fraser River, today it is the redistribution of soil by development. The seeds of the lupine can lay dormant for decades.
Along with learning about the Streambank Lupine we also learned how to identify different species of frogs and snails of the Lower Mainland. We also learned which ones are rare and endangered.
Here is a link to the South Coast Conservation Program.