Clayoquot Biosphere Immersion
Notes from the field, August 2009

The intensive six-day course is hosted at the Tofino botanical gardens field station on Vancouver Island and includes exploration and analysis of the many unique ecological systems within and around the Clayoquot Sound biosphere reserve. A number of UFV instructors and UFV science alumna Zoey Slater, BSc. ‘07 are participating in this year’s expedition, lending their expertise about the specific habitats of the area.

Students use field-sampling techniques to examine the inhabitants and functioning of such diverse systems as intertidal mudflats, rocky shores, and old-growth forests. They also gain an understanding of the biological and social implications, including from a First Nations perspective, of the UNESCO designation of a biosphere reserve.

Photos from the field:
 
Days 1 & 2:              Arriving on Long Beach and doing transects on the
rocky shores at Frank Island
 
Day 3:Exploring the�mud flats located on the Esowista Peninsula
 
Day 4:

Using GPS to mark locations for study plots.

 
Day 5:Trekking on Wickaninish Beach, South Beach, and
Florencia Bay to view intertidal creatures and variations
in beach substrates. A short hike on the Shorepine Bog
also introduced�carnivorous plants.
  
Day 6:Phytoplankton drag, sea lion and whale watching,
and natural hot springs!

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