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Starfish - dads pick

Dudley’s Picks – Page 2

A series of photos that probably was used as slide presentations to tourists in the park. Marked by Dudley.

PtarmiganRoiling surfSchooner coveSea anemonesSea anemones under waterSea weed under waterSnowberry wintergreen (gaultheria hispidula)StarfishStarfish and sea anemonesStorm over Sunset pointSunset point and Leonard lighthouseTakakkaw falls

 

Sea anemones are a group of water-dwelling, predatory animals of the order Actiniaria. They are named for the anemone, a terrestrial flower. A sea anemone is a polyp attached at the bottom to the surface beneath it by an adhesive foot, called a basal disc, with a column shaped body ending in an oral disc. Most are from 1.8 to 3 centimeters in diameter, but anemones as small as 4 millimeters or as large as nearly 2 meters are known. They can have anywhere from a few tens to a few hundred tentacles.

Starfish, or sea stars are echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. The names “starfish” and “sea star” essentially refer to members of this class. About 1,500 living species of starfish occur on the seabed in all the world’s oceans, from the tropics to subzero polar waters. They are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m below the surface. Starfish are among the most familiar of marine invertebrates. They typically have a central disc and five arms, though some species have more than this. The aboral or upper surface may be smooth, granular or spiny, and is covered with overlapping plates. Many species are brightly colored in various shades of red or orange, while others are blue, grey or brown.

Tide running up a gullyTriongularisUpper Narao lake and Mount BosworthVicia amaricanoWaves at Sunset pointWhite flowersWillow and cathix salixarticaWindswept sitka spruce

 

Vicia americana is a species of legume in the vetch genus known by the common names American vetch and purple vetch. It is a climbing perennial forb that grows from both taproot and rhizome. The leaves are each made up of oblong leaflets and have tendrils for climbing. It bears showy pea-like flowers in shades of lavender and fuchsia. American vetch is widespread across North America. It is a common understory plant in many types of forest and other habitats and it provides forage for wild and domesticated animals.

Cox point and Cox bay - dads pick

Dudley’s Picks – Page 1

A series of photos that probably was used as slide presentations to tourists in the park. Marked by Dudley.

A huddle of starfishA winters morningAlpine larch larix lyalliiAstilbe creekAthabasca glacier by snowmobileAthabasca glacier crevasseBull elk with a harem of cowsCastilleja speciesCathedral MountainChancellor peak and Wapta fallsChrysanthemum lewcantheumCloseup goose barnacles

 

The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 2–3 metres per year and has receded more than 1.5 km in the past 125 years and lost over half of its volume. The glacier moves down from the icefield at a rate of several centimetres per day. It is the most visited glacier in North America. The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped.

Wapta Falls is a waterfall located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest waterfall of the Kicking Horse River, at about 30 metres high and 150 metres wide. Its average flow can reach 254 cubic metres per second. The name stems from a Nakoda Indian word meaning “river”.

Cox bayCox point and Cox bayDeerlodge cabinFalls at natural bridgeFalls on the Ottertail riverFleabane and yellow Indian paintbrushFoliage in a rock cleftGoose barnaclesHoary marmotHoary marmot 2HoodoosHoodoos on Hoodoo creek

 

The Otter Tail River is a 192-mile-long river in the west-central portion of the U.S. state of Minnesota. It begins in Clearwater County, 40 miles southwest of Bemidji. It then flows through a number of lakes and cities. At its mouth, it joins with the Bois de Sioux River to form the Red River at Wahpeton, North Dakota. The Red River is the Minnesota- North Dakota boundary from this point onward to the Canadian border. Five dams were built on the Otter Tail River in the Fergus Falls area between 1909 and 1925 by the Otter Tail Power Company.

An otter is any of 13 living species of semiaquatic (or in the case of the sea otter, aquatic) mammals that feed on fish and shellfish, and also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals. Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs, with webbed paws. Most have sharp claws on their feet, and all except the sea otter have long, muscular tails. The 13 species range in adult size from 0.6 to 1.8 metres in length and 1 to 45 kilograms in weight.

Kicking Horse CanyonLimpet barnaclesMartenMcarthur lake and glacier and Mount BiddleMountain beside Amiskew valleyNatural bridgeOtter tracksPenstamen elligtiusPolypodium resperiumPolypodium scouleriPoplar in fallFrank and Lennard islands

 

Goose barnacles, also called stalked barnacles, are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone. Some species of goose barnacles are pelagic and are most frequently found on tidewrack on oceanic coasts. Unlike most other types of barnacles, intertidal goose barnacles depend on water motion rather than the movement of their cirri for feeding, and are therefore found only on exposed or moderately exposed coasts.

In Portugal and Spain, they are a widely consumed and expensive delicacy known as percebes. Percebes are harvested commercially in the northern coast, mainly in Galicia, and are also imported from overseas, particularly from Morocco and Canada. The indigenous peoples of California eat the stem after cooking it in hot ashes.

 

Grouse hen

Fauna – Page 2

Canada has multiple ecosystems, ranging from lush forests of British Columbia, the prairies of Western Canada, to the tundra of the Northern Canada. With a large land mass, and small population density, the wildlands of Canada provide important habitat for many animals, both endangered and not. Canada is home to approximately 70.000 known species of […]