Animals

Photographing a moth, photo credit, Forrest Logan

The Sayward Forest and surrounding seas have a remarkable range of animals. Larger varieties include our impressive elk, black bears, wolves, cougars and the mammals that can be seen along our ocean shores. Our smaller species are no less fascinating, and encompass interesting weasels, minks, beavers, squirrels, marmots, many types of bats and the fishes of the sea and lakes. Then there are the gastropods, arachnids and the insects, there is always something to see here.

Animals have always been of interest to people, they love the big majestic ones. The bears, the elk, the deer and all the incredible ocean mammals. They love the colorful birds, the inquisitive squirrels, the bandit looking raccoons. There are some of us who really enjoy seeing the smaller, less attractive crawly creatures.
Giant House Spider, photo credit, Robert Logan

Almost half the spider species known to Canada are found in BC. Spiders are ferocious creatures living within a matriarchal society. Ruled by females, males are sometimes little more than just a meal! I have always enjoyed learning about our fascinating spiders. Studies of these creatures have mostly been conducted by a few dedicated amateurs. Recently, a team from the Museum of BC has been investigating our spiders to learn more about them and their interesting habits.

Snails and slugs can be seen everywhere: from alpine meadows to coniferous forests, and from river lowlands to urban parks & gardens. They are members of the animal group known as gastropods.

Snails and slugs live in our oceans, fresh water lakes, rivers, and on land. These creatures have a distinct head with eyes on stalks, and a broad flat foot used for locomotion. The north island is home to many varieties of snails and slugs – it’s worthwhile exploring them!

Eagle, photo credit, Robert Logan

The birds that inhabit or visit the Sayward Region are numerous in both variety and quantity. Photographing them is

a popular pastime, and getting that photo you’ve been striving for, can be quite satisfying! Bird watching is very popular here. While many bird species are found here, we also receive extraordinary surprise visits by rare birds from other parts of the world.

Gray Jays can be found at higher elevations, they will eat out of your hand, photo credit, Robert Logan

These sensational sightings quickly mobilize birders and photographers into an avid migration of their own!  Its quite fascinating to watch the bird watchers, it can be almost as satisfying as bird watching. 

There is something very calming about walking along an estuary or mountain trail, on the lookout for birds. My family and l have always enjoyed birding and hiking – good for your health and feeds your soul.

Fishing in the Sayward area is first class. Our waters teem with both fresh &  saltwater varieties, and can offer you the fishing experience of a lifetime!

Humpback Whale, photo credit, Joyce Ellis

Many wild & varied marine animals inhabit the waters along the areas coastal region.   The Pacific Northwest abounds with a wild & diverse population of Marine Animals and plants. Whale watchers, naturalists, biologists & beachcombers journey from across the world to enjoy the natural beauty of our shores, while divers throng to experience the dazzling, water wonderland, below. One can see dolphins, killer whales, grey whales, Humpback whales, & other extraordinary species in our waters.

Sea Otter, photo credit, Bud Logan

Our warm climate is a result of warm ocean currents, that support many thousands of plants & animals, from plankton to the blue whale, and every species in between. One can encounter giant octopuses, ferocious-looking wolf eels that will eat from your hand, along with sea lions, varied fish, and playful otters.

See for yourself…. Take a walk along the shore, or look at a tide pool during low tide, and notice how many different creatures you can spot.

Our assorted ocean marine world is home to many marine residents, both year-round, and those that visit throughout the year. From very large whales to smaller otters, our seas contain such color and form that it’s simply overwhelming!

Red Irish Lord, photo credit, Bud Logan

Divers throng to revel in our clear, luxuriant underwater wonderland, with its fascinating plant & animal life. Recognized as one of the world’s great dive destinations! The waters along our coast contain life giving nutrients that sustain a vast array of marine life. Our seas are filled with spectacular color & character, its quite amazing. You can get acquainted with the ocean just by visiting any beach and exploring the life within its tidal pools.

So get out and take a walk on the wild side, to see what animals are found in your area. Bring along a camera – you might just get that shot you’ve been looking for! When hiking the back country, remember: take only pictures, leave only footprints.

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