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Follow the Townsend's and Wilson's Warblers, find the silver lakes. [Strenuous]
Follow the lush forest trail along the edge of the Red Alder and Sword fern forest into the somber Douglas-firs and hemlocks bordering hidden ponds and Black Bear lairs. As we climb onto the dry arbutus edged bluffs, listen for the Townsends warblers, flycatchers and ravens and look for delicate orchids among the pines. Arriving at Grassy lake, we will have our lunch enjoying the views of mirror-image firs, water lilies, and rushes. [p] Afterwards, we go north through the dry pines and turn southward to Peden Lake and down the Yellow Brick Road (Mary Vine Trail). Dress for changing conditions, and bring a substantial lunch of chateaubriand, foie gras, or maybe "sole a bonne femme" (with chanterelles, of course), and don't forget the desert. The trails are good, but there are sections of loose rock. This is listed as strenuous because of the length of the hike is roughly 10km with many ups and downs.

Park & Ride (near Juan de Fuca Recreation)

1821 Island Highway, · Colwood, , BC

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    This is a group for nature lovers over the age of 18, who want to learn, expand, or share their knowledge of flora and fauna of the lower Vancouver Island region. The outings are walks and hikes to areas that provide the opportunity to see and learn about wild species. Learn about local birds, trees, wildflowers, mushrooms, edible plants, and much more. We encourage members to participate in sharing knowledge as well as learning from others. Our goal is to perceive and to appreciate nature.

    The outings may be from one to several hours in duration and may or may not be focused on a specific nature topic (for example, trees, wildflowers, songbirds, fungi). Outings that do not target specific learning objectives will be walks or hikes through natural areas to observe or appreciate whatever we encounter. Some nature hikes may be more physically challenging than others. I hope to schedule some longer hikes in the Sooke Hills and the Juan de Fuca Trail. The description of each outing will include a statement of how physically demanding the hike may be. At minimum, members should be physically fit enough to walk moderate hilly terrain over uneven ground and rough trails.

    Membership dues are $20.00 per year from the date that payment is made. Non-members and guests are required to pay $3.00 per outing. I do not solicit for payment at hikes, if you don't voluntarily pay you will be dropped from future RVSP's. Annual membership should be paid before or when you attend your first outing. RSVP priority on wait-listed field trips will be given to paid-up members. You can pay memberships directly to my PayPal account (click the link): http://paypal.me/JamesClowater

    New members are required to read the Nature Victoria Explorations Guidelines (http://naturevictoria.com/meetup/meetup%20guidelines.html)before attending outings with this group. In addition, you can find an explanation of the hike difficulty ratings here (http://naturevictoria.com/meetup/difficulty%20ratings.html), as well as the carpooling guidelines (http://naturevictoria.com/meetup/carpooling.html).

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