A Grade 9 group recently visited local Goldstream Provincial Park to see the annual Chum salmon run. Accompanied by a park naturalist, the students learned about the connections between plants, bears, songbirds and insects, as well as the concepts of nutrient cycling and forest ecology.
Starting in the Gulf of Alaska, four-year-old Chum salmon make their way back to the Goldstream River, where they were born, to spawn and then die. The mechanism by which they find their way home is still unclear, but scientists believe they rely on their keen sense of smell, vision and memory. In addition to using the sun, moon and stars for navigation, Chum salmon also have a small piece of magnetite embedded in their heads which, it is believed, acts as a compass.
Our students were fortunate enough to be able to witness this incredible event and learn more about the flora and fauna in this beautiful corner of the world.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.