UVic Torch -- Spring 2007
Spring 2007,
Volume 28, Number 1

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Chip Shot
Photography by HÉLÈNE CYR


Mystic Vale offers any number of sights and sounds on a late winter morning. Like the tap, tap, tap of a pileated woodpecker. The year-round resident of the vale, conspicuous by his red crown and moustache, chipped through the bark of a dead tree, probably in search of his next meal of carpenter ants or other bugs.

The forested campus ravine is sacred in the Coast Salish tradition because of its life-giving plants and trees and spring-fed waters. Recent work by grounds staff saw invasive ivy and holly removed in favour of indigenous plants, a trail was realigned, and ponds were added for improved water flow in the creek.

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