June 26, 2015

Deep Bay

By Stowel Lake Farm

The week our Yurt Program kids got to go to the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station for a field trip. They fit a lot into the time we were there. First we got to feed the fish.
Then we went to the touch tanks. We had to be very gentle with these animals.
Holding a sea cucumber.
We had to be very careful with theses prickly creatures!

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Beautiful sea star.
Then we drew and built a habitat for a crab.

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Then it was out to the forest to look for colours…
…and newts in the pond!
Checking out sea creatures under the microscopes.

Holding a moon snail.
IMG_9866 IMG_9871Out on the beach looking for new crabs to take to the marine station.

Squid eggs found on the beach.
What a fabulous day! Thank you Michi & Amy.


April 15, 2014

New Members

By Stowel Lake Farm

Recently we have had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of new beings to our farm! We have bees!
IMG_0748We have always been interested in having bees on the property, but not having a beekeeper living here it just wasn’t happening. So when we were approached last Fall by some friends that live up the road to keep their bees here we were quite intrigued and excited. The bees were moved here in March and already they are happy and thriving in their new location. When they opened the hives up after their long winter they were all very much alive.. We had to move far away to watch!
We are inspired by these incredible bees and are taking the opportunity to learn what we can from Sharon and Matt.

April 26, 2013

Bird Feeder Love

By Stowel Lake Farm

We put out a bird feeder mid-winter (it was a Christmas present to explain the bad timing) and it took forever for the birds to catch on. Given, there weren’t many around but still I was getting a little impatient. But, oh, has it paid off! So many birds have been visiting.
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Sparrows, finches, towhees, nuthatches, juncos, crossbills, siskins and even the odd flyby from a hummingbird wondering why there isn’t anything for him (don’t worry – it’s coming). They have been devouring the food, scattering it all over and under the deck but it has been so amazing to watch this show out the window throughout the day. We love it so.

January 28, 2013

Barred Owl

By Stowel Lake Farm

We have had a few resident Barred Owls around lately. They are often heard at night hooting and screeching, but we have been actually been seeing them in the daylight. There are a few stands of older trees on the farm and these owls seems to spend time near or in these older trees. I have seen them swooping down, talons out and ready for the field mouse. Often, though they are sitting quietly on a branch- often the same branch from day to day.

The other day I was heading to the car from the house and I was almost ‘taken out ‘by a Barred Owl. As I came out to the car it swooped towards me. I felt the wind from its wings. It must be a good sign- being that close to such a mysterious and beautiful creature. I believe it to be so, anyway. Everyday now I look to the branches to see if the owl is there and I listen at night for the calls. It truly is wonderful.