Tracking winter greenery

A small group of natural history buffs met Dec 8 to look for animal tracks in the Kimberley Nature Park, but we found few tracks on the hard ice and crusty snow. With conditions less than ideal for tracking, our focus changed to discovering which plants and shrubs still had green leaves. The KNPS natural history committee on a recent outing to track down winter greenery in the nature park. Surprisingly, even without considering evergreen trees such as pine and Douglas fir, our group found 17 different plants with green leaves as well as a variety of lichens and mosses. Some of the green plants we found included: - Oregon grape - Racemosa pussy-toes - Grass (pine-grass?) - Rattlesnake plantai

Thanks, Kent!

Note: the following tribute to Kent Goodwin, past president of the Kimberley Nature Park Society, was presented at the society's Annual General Meeting Nov. 28 by Laura Duncan, a long-time KNPS supporter and incoming board member, who over the years also took these photos. A Thanks to Kent I think I can safely say that everyone here enjoys using the Kimberley Nature Park. Whether that be enjoying its trails, its diversity, or its special places or whether it’s walking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, observing or just knowing that it’s there, we all value this land of wonder at our backdoors. Well, the Nature Park and the Nature Park Society is here in its present form largely due to

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