Searching for the Robust Lancetooth

Robust Lancetooth | Haplotrema vancouverense We’ve been keeping an eye out for some of the bigger snails during our forest walks this week – they’re much easier to identify than some of the smaller ones that we’ve discovered underneath paving stones and wood. This week we found the shell of a Robust Lancetooth (Haplotrema vancouverense), a fairly common large snail …

Some Small Snails

A Very Small Snail on a Very Long Journey Back in September I discovered some very small snails underneath a paving stone in our garden when flipping rocks for International Rock Flipping Day. This past week I’ve found a couple more small snails that I’ve photographed but have been unable to identify. The snail pictured above and below was in …

Termites!

I’ve always enjoyed gently turning over rocks and pieces of wood and bark to discover what is living underneath. Today I was out poking around for snails, inspired by my finds on International Rock Flipping Day back in September. While I did find one new snail (I’ll post on that later this week) I was thrilled to discover a small …

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.

There Be Dragons

Variable Darner | Aeshna interrupta I had the opportunity to lead a Young Naturalists Club walk this morning out at Woodhus Slough just north of the Oyster River. We were looking for dragonflies and on this sunny morning were fortunate to find a few. It’s late in the year for dragonflies and many of the ones that we caught (and …