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We owe a lot to the men and women who’ve worked over the years to create nature preserves for the plants, animals, birds, fish, bugs, and us humans.  And thank you also to governments that understand the wisdom of setting aside large swaths of land from wetlands up to highlands and into drylands.

What a barren world it would be without these places still so rich in wildlife and fresh air and breath-taking beauty.

Today we had the privilege of spending a morning with biologist Phil Henderson who tried to teach us the eight syllable names of over 150 mosses and all their relatives.

Step moss, electrified cat-tail moss, liverworts, broom moss are the only common names I heard, the rest sound very long and latinish, and impossible for most of us to say.

Here on the Lower Mainland, on March 5th, the Indian Plum and the Salmonberry are blooming.  Miners Lettuce and Skunk Cabbage are in full greenery, and mosses are at their most abundant after a month of lots of rain.

Thanks to the efforts of the Langley Nature Club and lots of volunteer help, a viewing platform is being built at the water’s edge on Houston Trail.

Derby Reach is a truly wonderful gift to us,  a place really ‘to know nature and to keep it worth knowing.’