Lots of cool stuff in the intertidal zone

Take a walk with a biologist as the Campbell River Museum hosts three outings to the beach

Sandra Milligan holds a giant pink seastar.

Join the Museum at Campbell River for a fascinating exploration of the mysterious intertidal zone!

Biologist Sandra Milligan will lead a journey of discovery to the tip of Willow Point Reef. See seaweeds of all shapes and colours – the beautiful Corallina, the destructive “Stringy Acid Hair” and edible “Soda Straws.”

You’ll also 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.

Dress for the weather – most importantly, rubber boots are essential.  Please note that the walk can be extremely slippery and wet and you should feel comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

Three walks are planned: Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Tuesday, May 28, 1-3 p.m.; and Friday, June 21, 9-11 a.m. The cost is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Call the Museum at 287-3103 to register.