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Reef walk will be eye-opener

Biologist Sandra Milligan will lead a tour of Willow Point Reef on Aug. 11 where participants can see an ecosystem in transition. - MIrror file
Biologist Sandra Milligan will lead a tour of Willow Point Reef on Aug. 11 where participants can see an ecosystem in transition.
— image credit: MIrror file

The Museum at Campbell River is offering another opportunity to explore the mysterious and amazing intertidal zone of the Willow Point Reef.

On Monday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join biologist Sandra Milligan on a journey of discovery.

Unfortunately, some of what awaits is not great news – the Sea Star Wasting Disease is taking its toll on the reef. According to Milligan, “Sea Star Wasting Disease has changed the reef in some significant ways.

“Participants will see the devastating effects of the disease on the purple sea stars as well as the beginning of the species transition that is happening this summer at our reef.”

A mystery to scientists, this disease is affecting sea star populations all along the coast.

Dress for the weather – most importantly rubber boots are essential.

Note that the walk can be extremely slippery and wet and you should feel comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

Why not visit the Aquarium after the walk to learn more?

The cost for the Intertidal Walk is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children.

Call the Museum at 287-3103 to register.

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