On Nov. 25th Red Deer River Naturalists(RDRN) had Joyce Gould as their speaker. Joyce is with Alberta parks and has spent much time studying the plants found in Willmore Wilderness Park which is a remote mountainous area north of Jasper National Park. Joyce's main background is botany but she took us through most aspects of the park.
Many people would like to visit this park. There is no road access to this vast area. You must either backpack into the area or take a horse tour.
Joyce first started with a detailed description of the park location. Then she covered the main physical features by dividing the park into four main areas. In doing so she showed us the incredible beauty of the park. This helped to explain why certain plants grow where they are found. She then took us through the main mammals and birds found in the park. Last she came to her area of expertise, the plants.
Joyce Gould went into detail about the special adaptations plants have so they can survive and thrive at various altitudes and in different soil types. All the time she introduced and described species of plants common to the area.
Joyce Gould showed a passion for the Willmore Wilderness Park and shared her great knowledge of plants native to a very beautiful , remote area.