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What wisdom can we learn from ancient languages?

hašaḥma quuquuʔaca (language is precious)

Join us for Episode 7 in our "Learn Where You Live" video series
Join special guests Jeneva Touchie and Gisele Martin as they share their personal connections to the Wild Pacific Trail and the importance of Nuu-chah-nulth language.

To learn more about the Nuu-chah-nulth language visit:
https://www.firstvoices.com/explore/FV/sections/Data/Nuu-chah-nulth/Nuu%C4%8Daan%CC%93u%C9%AB/Nuu-chah-nulth%20(Barkley)

Jeneva offers free Nuu-chah-nulth language classes Tuesday evenings over Zoom. To find out more please email touchie_jeneva@hotmail.com

To learn more about Nuu-chah-nulth history, culture, news and events please go to https://nuuchahnulth.org/

We are grateful to our special guests and Sam Touchie from Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation for inspiring this episode.
Project funded by the WIld Pacific Trail Society and the Clayoquot BIosphere Trust.

Video by Arya Touserkani @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca

What is our planet's largest organism?

Tree-S-I : Murder by Mushroom

Join us for our "Learn Where You Live" Episode 6 with our Wild Pacific Trail Naturalist!

There’s been a murder in the forest! Who! What? Why!
Follow along as Wild Pacific Trail naturalist Tanya gets to the root by investigating clues and searching for suspects in the woods…
will she discover whodunit in this in-tree-guing case?!

Video by Arya Touserkani @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca
Thank you for allowing audiences to explore up close and personal interactions through your majestic macro shots,
uncovering the secrets of flora and fauna along the Wild Pacific Trail. @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca

Special thanks to the inspirational Gisele Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation
for sharing her timeless knowledge of Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture.

And so Mush-thanks to Andy MacKinnon, forest ecologist extraordinaire,
for sharing his vast scope of marvelous mushroom knowledge and delightful humour.

Stop motion animation success by Local Ucluelet youth, Riley Gerbrandt.
Thank you for sharing your fun illustrations of the ways trees can communicate and share nutrients!

Special thanks to the Clayoquot BIosphere Trust for funding contributions.

Can you tell the difference between a raven and a crow?

Remarkable Ravens

Episode 5 in our "Learn Where You Live" video series

Raven’s are not only role models of communication, fair trade, and savvy intelligence, they play an essential role as ecosystem recyclers.
We have a lot to learn from nature, we just have to listen!
Thank you to Parks Canada for support for this project. Special thank you for footage and raven sound clips copyright by Ian Cruickshank
Note: footage was taken with a telephoto lens to avoid disturbing wildlife. Also thanks to the Clayoquot BIosphere Trust for funding.
Video by Arya Touserkani @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca

Raven vs Crow Image by Rosemary Mosco and Dr. Kaeli Swift with BirdandMoon.com @corvidresearch
Special thanks to Vi Mundy of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation for Nuu-chah-nulth translations.

Additional footage courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHHHAfzAuKc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEksZdWKqtA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6K9LbRX15Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJdj-2XvGF4 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6vzGrWP9lc

Can you name an amphibian that has no lungs?

Force of Nature

Episode 4 in our "Learn Where You Live" video series

Explore the unique WEATHER that comes with living on the coast, how species not only manage to survive, but THRIVE!

Video by Arya Touserkani @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca
Special thanks to Vi Mundy of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation and Dr. Barb Beasley with the Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds

What plant EATS insects in a woodland bog?

For Peat's Sake!

Episode 3 in our "Learn Where You Live" video series

Follow our naturalist as she explores the weird and wonderful species that thrive in a Woodland Bog.
Special thanks to Special thanks to Vi Mundy of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation. Follow this link for a COLOURING BOOKLET or a fun WORD PUZZLE.

You can download these PDF files to print out these activities.

click to our coulouring book! click to our word puzzle!

Send your questions to naturalist@wildpacifictrail.com or post on our Facebook page. Check back here for answers.
Episode one and two can be enjoyed below. Videos by Arya Touserkani @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca -- thanks for your support!

What has one foot, one lung and more teeth than a shark!?

Follow that slime

Episode 2 in our "Learn Where You Live" video series

Learn how these slimy recyclers play a key role in temperate rainforests, replenishing the soil to help the forest grow.
Follow this link for a slug race activity. Special thanks to Gisele Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.

From the teachings of Banana Slugs--to the secrets of Skunk Cabbage and flammable mosses--you will enjoy this EXPLOSIVE series!
Videos by Arya Touserkani @tousquared www.waterlogue.ca -- thanks for your support!

What's that slime?

Episode 1 in our "Learn Where You Live" video series

Download this activity sheet, use naturalist on your phone, or just use a blank piece of paper to record what you find.
You will be enthralled at the number of species. What do you think each creature eats, or who is looking to eat them?

CLICK HERE to download a PDF activity you can do at home.

Send us your questions, or post photos and ideas on Instagram or email naturalist@wildpacifictrail.com. We will post answers to the best questions and give a shout out to winners in the iNaturalist species count. Let us know what else you would like to learn!

These lively, interactive videos are funded by donations. Thanks to our talented videographer, Arya Touserkani with waterlogue.ca.

Send us your questions!

email naturalist@wildpacifictrail.com

Discover a mystery on the trail? Take a photo or describe your question. We may be able to solve your mystery.

If your question is of interest to others we may post the solution on social media.

Future programs when Covid-19 guidelines allow:

The Wild Pacific Trail is a unique outdoor classroom that offers incredible opportunities to connect people to nature.  Easy to walk, one hour programs aim to engage both visitors and local communities. Topics range from natural to cultural history.

Sample programs when interpretive walks resume:

Beneath the BOG:
Discover the secrets of dwarf trees, carnivorous sundews and the unique plants that thrive above an acidic pool of water. This guided walk will help you explore the newest section of the Wild Pacific Trail. Meet at the Whale Lot Lighthouse Loop Trailhead - first parking area on Coast Guard Road. 10am-12pm March 20th, 22, 23 & 26 at Amphitrite Lighthouse, 250 Coast Guard Dr, Ucluelet Whale, whale, whale…what do we have here?! Drop by the Amphitrite Lighthouse to enjoy an awe-inspiring search for whales from shore and interactive table displays all about whales with Wild Pacific Trail Naturalist. Join us as we try to spot some of the 20 000 Grey Whales migrating along the coast from Mexico to Alaska during this week+ long sensational festival! Bring your binoculars, curiosity and questions to this family fun drop in program. Spotting scope provided!

TALKING TREES and Magic Mosses:
Let’s explore the surprising life of trees! Question: Do trees share food, communicate information and sleep? Learn about recent research that will change the way you look at trees, mushrooms, mosses and lichen. Drive just past Black Rock Resort on Marine Drive to join this NEW program.

Silva Johansson

Tidepool and Beach Exploration:
Question: Why are micro plastics harmful to sea creatures? Join our Trail Ambassador for a first hand discovery of plants and animals living here. Follow us to touch a real shipwreck! Rubber boots or sturdy footwear is highly recommended so we can explore the treasures of the tides.

Tidepool tours are not suitable for toddlers due to the rough rocky terrain, small children must be supervised by an adult please.

SEAWOLF WALK sea wolf
Take a walk on the wild side! Investigate the lives of our local coastal sea wolves, find out what makes them so extraordinary and what you can do to help protect them! Bring your curiosity, questions and stories. Dogs must be on a leash.

RainCOAST Walk:
Question: What impact does the sea have on the rainforest? How do the sea and the land shape one another? Join Raincoast Education Society naturalists alternate Tuesdays to share insight on coastal interactions.

RAINFOREST Tour:
Question: What makes old growth and second growth forests so different? Why is the rainforest in such a small area?
Join Central Westcoast Forest Society's guide to share forest and wildlife insights. Restoration is our passion!

We are grateful to program experts such the Ucluelet Aquarium the Raincoast Education Society, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Silva Johansson, Strawberry Isle Research Society and Central Westcoast Forest Society for their expertise. The trail society sponsors these walks and networks with the District of Ucluelet.