Exploring Stanley Park’s Beaver Lake Trail

HI there nature fans and welcome back
to Trails with Dale. Today we’re going to the Beaver Lake trail at Stanley Park in Vancouver, where we’re
going to take a closer look at the plants and animals there. to know a good berry it should just
fall off in your hands That’s the trick. If it falls off then it’s ready to come off. because what is a berry, but just a a
bunch a seeds that are red or brightly-colored cuz they wanna get eaten Oh, and there’s a Salmon Berry! yeah over there you can see thegolden
salmon berries that are in the Salmon berry bush So, we’ve got a couple berries:thimble berries, Salmon Berries and even though some mountain ash berries up here. They are still green. They’re still starting to form. But these are full of seeds that’s what berries are. They want to use animals as a way of transporting them. So what kind of animals might eat this? Squirrels. Yeah, Squirrels And one that flies really well? Birds. Yeah birds and you can hear them
all around us there’s actually one that was calling I just heard a while ago
called a Salmon Berry bird or a Swainson’s thrush and he loves
these salmon berries. This looks sort of gross along the side of the trail. As you can see, this is quite a large bubble nest of a juvenile insect called a larva and these larva make spit or bubbles as a way off protecting themselves.They suck the plant juices and we can actually see if this little nest has any little guys in there by
gently wiping away some of the spittle and oh, my gosh! let’s see if I can get him out. Isn’t that cool? in his almost pupa form. That’s a spittle bug. so, what that guy is doing, is he’s getting enough energy to change into an adult. In this case, it’s a Leaf Hopper. That leaf hopper will be
different looking be able to jump really good, but until he
can jump away from predators, he wants to make a little bubble nest to stay away from predators. So, this is a baby Spit bug? This is a baby, called the larva, and you
notice how it got a little point on his bum? Yep. Guess where those bubbles come from.
His bum? Yes, his bum. He pours bubbles out of his bum and makes that bubble nest. Pretty gross, eh? You can see him pumping his bum right there to make more bubbles I’ve messed his nest, but that’s pretty amazing, eh? That is very amazing. It’s super important to look at what’s underneath your feet too. Beecause there’s a lot that little
things that are super neat. This is Sphagna moss a kind of peat moss. You can see it’s a little dried out right now but give it a feel. It’s like carpet! Isn’t it cool? It actually is only alive right on the very top
and it grows in deep deep bogs. Known in Alberta in those really deep peat bogs. That’s the
kind of moss that this is. That was awesome. We’ve just got back from Beaver Lake Trail in Stanley Park in Vancouver and we saw thimble berries, salmon berries and Mountain ash and what else did we see? Well, we also saw some things really
close up. We took a look at a Spittle bug and we saw saw the little bubble nest
which is how they protect themselves as a larva.We also saw some sphagna moss. which we we got the touch. That was pretty neat. It was pretty cool. I really great
time. Thanks so much, Dale. No problem that was great. Thank you
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