It’s Official!

Me and my second cousins and my brother are in the pictures. We finally got our sign up!  Sooooooooo happy so it’s really a thing now: we are the caretakers of Harper Park!

Robins’ Eggs

 Sorry this one is late and if you like our website I’m even more sorry today I’m going to talk about the robins egg Ill leave the website where I got the info with pictures of robins down below, a robins diet it usually worms, beetles, seeds, and berries. A robin’s egg is very small with a beautiful light blue colour, the babies must be extremely small when they’re born right? I’ll bet they’re the size of the top of your pinky! well, it depends how old you are for me they’d be about that size. A robin will mate and lay eggs about 2-3 times from April to July. A robin’s babies are SO UGLY and I mean SO UGLY (the website has photos, look at them if you dare!) A robin’s predators are squirrels blue jays and crows, at least those are the ones I know of. Baby robins take about 12-13 days to leave the nest. Baby robins will take about 13-14 days to leave the nest. Here are a couple more interesting facts about robins, robins will eat the baby bird poop! Since it’s pretty much just a little membrane it doesn’t have much bacteria in it it’s a nice way of keeping the nest clean too! Mama and Dada robin will take turns leaving the nest, that’s the most efficient way to get food if you ask me! Thanks for reading once more (or not if this is your first time haha) and I promise the next one won’t be so late, see ya!

Broken robin's egg shell in boy's hands

Trees

Since there isn’t much garbage to clean up (which is good) I thought I might talk about the trees in the park. The main ones are the Western Red Cedar and the Douglas Fir. There’s another one too, it’s a bit uncommon but you might find it if you look up at the leaves of the trees. It usually has bright green leaves and they won’t blend in with the other trees. Take a guess, let’s see if you’re right: it’s the big-leaf maple tree!

Now I’ll tell you about the stats of the trees. The Douglas fir is large to very large tree, with an average height of 20-60 meters. The Western red cedar has an average height of 30-53 meters. And lastly, the big-leaf maple has an average height of 9-21 meters. Pretty cool right? Here are some pictures that we took during the week, thanks for reading!

Glacial erratic in Harper Park
On top of the other glacial erratic in Harper Park (near the Smiling Creek bridge). Douglas firs, Western red cedars, and big leaf maples in the background.

Skunk Cabbage and Bear Poop

Last week, we saw bear poop and new skunk cabbage: not a coincidence!

Did you know skunk cabbage creates heat and smells bad because bugs like flies and beetles think it’s a dead animal? And thats good for the plant because from time to time they will land on other plants, right?  And then they will land on the skunk cabbage and it gets pollinated!

Bears love skunk cabbage too for a very weird but cool reason! And the link down here is why:

Naturespeak: Skunk cabbage is a bear’s BFF

Skunk Cabbage

The Rock

Nothing interesting really happened on the trail today so I’m going to talk about the rock. The rock in the park has a lot of history, it actually came from a glacier, called “glacier erratic” and I guess it just left the rock there a long long long time ago. It weighs about 50000 to 100000 pounds. it’s really hard to tell what it’s made of because it’s covered in moss! It’s probably made of limestone, diorite or granite, I’m guessing.

Harper-Glacial-erratic

There are three “famous” glacial erratics near us, including the famous white rock for which the town and beach of White Rock is named. There’s one in Aldergrove. And there’s another in Coquitlam, only 8 km away (as the crow flies), which seems to be the same kind as in Harper Park (possibly granodiorite).