Exploring Enos Lake

After a hot couple of hours on Notch Hill we drove a short distance back along Fairwinds Road to the trail head for Enos Lake. There’s a network of trails around a series of ponds and ultimately Enos Lake itself which makes for easy walking. Enos Lake is home to the endangered Enos Lake Stickleback. We found the trails to …

Tail of a Newt

Was driving down from Paradise Meadows last week and spotted a rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) crossing the road. I quickly stopped and helped it to some leaves on the other side of the pavement. Rough-skinned Newt | Taricha granulosa You can read more about Rough-skinned newts in British Columbia at the Ministry of Environment’s Frogwatch fact sheet on Rough-skinned newts.

Rough-skinned Newts on the Move

Rough-skinned Newt | Taricha granulosa I had a call from a woman in Parksville today who had discovered a rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) and was wondering if she had reason to be concerned because she had eaten after handling the amphibian. The skin of the rough-skinned newt contains tetrodoxin which if ingested blocks nerve impulses – their orange belly is …

Red-legged Frog

Red-legged Frog | Rana aurora This handsome red-legged frog (Rana aurora) was hopping across a trail close to Black Creek in Miracle Beach Provincial Park this weekend. It was interesting to see the frog in the forest – when we first spotted it we thought it might be a western toad (Bufo boreas) due to its size and the habitat. …