Apologies for the earlier entry on Brodiaea – I realized while verifying all of the links that the plant wasn’t a Brodiaea (or at least not the species I thought it was), so removed that entry for now.
Instead, I’ll share with you a hastily-written entry on the garden’s “eagle tree”, complete with one-half of the breeding pair of the local residents. If you’d like more information about the eagle, you can read the interpretative sign. I note that the bald eagle is another species on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, but is listed as “of least concern” (on the Red List) because of a stable population.
I’ll have to ask some of my co-workers or Friends of the Garden to comment on how long the eagles have been nesting at UBC Botanical Garden. It’s a perk of employment to be having lunch at the picnic table and watching the eagles train their young in flying techniques. It goes beyond a perk and becomes an experience when I’m photographing in the garden and an eagle flies within 10 meters of me.
This photograph was handheld, so I can’t guarantee the angle of lean of the dead tree is exact in this image. However, the leaning snag is monitored and documented, so that if it does change, it can be slated for removal as a hazard. In the meantime, though, this snag and many other dead native trees within the Asian Garden are retained to provide habitat for the native flora and fauna of the area.