Quality Falls - Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia - DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
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From the parking area, the trail passes through open spruce forests. Two small creeks are crossed on plank bridges. At the one kilometre mark, the trail starts to parallel the canyon of Quality Creek, then descends towards the creek on a staircase. The picnic site and viewpoint for the falls is at the bottom of the staircase.
In addition to the common forest birds such as The Hermit and Swainson’s Thrush, Ruby- and Golden Crowned Kinglet, and Red Breasted Nuthatch, the Quality Falls trail is home to some special birds. Look and listen for winter wren along wetter portions of the trail. Black-throated Green Warbler occur here at the western edge
of their range.
The Quality Falls trail is where pioneering work was done by UBC researchers which led to the splitting of the Winter Wren into two distinct species (the eastern Winter Wren and the western Pacific Wren). The eastern and western birds have quite distinct songs, and they were encountered singing close to each other beside
the trail. The differences in song are as distinct in this contact zone as they are in populations far away. Specimens were mist-netted and released, and blood samples obtained for mitochondrial DNA analysis. The results show that these two species separated from each other about 2 to 3 million years ago.
The falls drop 7 metres over a resistant sandstone layer, with softer rocks below the ledge.
From the viewpoint, the trail drops down to creek level in a series of switchbacks. The extra walk is worthwhile, as it provides a better view of the falls and allows the more adventurous hiker to walk up the creek to the base of the falls for a refreshing swim. Just be careful of rapidly rising water after summer thunderstorms.
Once you reach creek level, look for American Dipper which breed in the canyon behind waterfalls, and often fly up and down the creek. Less conspicuous is the Pacific-slope Flycatcher which frequents the creek and canyon banks.
From here, the creek has 3 more waterfalls and passes through a deep canyon. A trip downstream from here is recommended only for experienced and well-prepared adventurers." http://wnms.pris.ca/brochures/2014quality.pdf
The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark has many fantastic snowshoeing destinations. Check out the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society's snowshoeing brochure here: http://wnms.pris.ca/brochures/trsnowshoeing.pdf
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