Gwaii Haanas Forest Plants
Tansy’s recent stint on Haida Gwaii, involved a bit of bushwhacking, not just shoreline activities…Tansy and her companions were happy to see the forest growing back in some areas where the deer population has been reduced. Deer were extirpated 12,000 years ago by the effects of climate change, but were re-introduced in the 1920’s. The ecosystem was then destabilised by the presence of deer with no natural predators, eating all the little plants. Now rebalancing attempts are being made.
There are lovely little trees…
…and other little plants growing back in the forest.
Some of the older trees are now riddled with woodpecker holes, which are perfect for Hitty tree-climbing.
Tansy got pretty high, but the photographer didn’t let her get too far, before retrieving her and tucking her back in the carrying case.
This older tree had a giant orange fungus growing out of it.
This is called Chicken of the woods, but it isn’t actually edible.
Fallen logs have other mosses and lichens growing on them.
Back at the beach, Tansy found some nice fat succulents,
And loads of kelp of course.