Anyways, the bus arrived earlier than expected so I walked to the rose garden to see some sights.
The rose garden. The sky was very hazy today, making it difficult to see the north shore mountains.
As I was getting to leave, a Northern Flicker flew to this tree. First time seeing a NOFL this year, I believe.
The orientation involved some welcoming speeches, discussing different responsibilities, touring around the classrooms, learning how to set up AV equipments, having lunch, and stuffing registration kits. Once it ended, I walked down the Wreck Beach trail hoping to do some birding.
At the top of the trail was this millipede. It is a Cyanide-producing Millipedes (Harpaphe haydeniana). According to this blog post, H. haydeniana only has a few predators and acts as an important "macroshredder" by feeding on the leaf litter and (efficiently) recycling the nutrients back into the soil for new growth.
Very distinct colours.
It has fewer legs than I normally associate millipedes with.
Looking down the trail.
Robert Geranium or Herb-robert (Geranium robertianum). According to the guide (the older version) that I have, the name herb-robert is so ancient that no one is sure of the origin of the name, and the book suggested six different possibilities, one being named after Robin Hood.
It was high tide when I got there around 2pm and I couldn't see any birds on the water, so I just sat in the shades and read for a bit (while listening to the crashing waves).
Looking forward to this conference.