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Take Dad for a walk to the Willow Point reef

Have the chance to see creatures such as these starfish during a guided Father’s Day walk to the Willow Point Reef on Sunday.  - Contributed
Have the chance to see creatures such as these starfish during a guided Father’s Day walk to the Willow Point Reef on Sunday.
— image credit: Contributed

For Father’s Day take Dad on a fascinating exploration of the mysterious Intertidal zone of Campbell River.

The Museum at Campbell River is offering an Intertidal Walk on June 15, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Biologist Sandra Milligan will lead a journey of discovery to the tip of the Willow Point Reef.

“See seaweeds of all shapes and colours: the beautiful Corallina, the destructive ‘Stringy Acid Hair’, and edible ‘Soda Straws,’” says Milligan. “We’ll take a look at the Bully-of-the-Beach and see what’s on his dinner plate. The walk will look closely at dozens of animals and algae, from crabs and chitons, to gastropods and gumboot chitons. Your observational skills will be developed and, if we’re lucky, you’ll see the most treasured and elegant of intertidal life: the opalescent nudibranch and the daisy brittle star.  Once you know the names of these unusual creatures, you’ll discover the amazing strategies they’ve developed to live in this challenging environment.  It will be a day to remember and an investment for future enjoyment of intertidal life!”

And after the walk, why not visit the Aquarium?

Dress for the weather – rubber boots are essential. The walk can be extremely slippery and wet and you should feel comfortable walking on uneven surfaces. A second walk is planned  for July 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost for the Intertidal Walk is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Call the Museum at 250-287-3103 to register.

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