I’d heard about the great success that Squamish Streamkeepers have had in wrapping pier pilings so that spawning herrings’ eggs are not killed by creosote and other chemicals. Today my wife Yumi and I had a chance to meet Dr. Jonn Matsen at Fishermen’s Wharf on False Creek in Vancouver to see some of the techniques in action.
Jonn and my wife Yumi hold up a net as a TV news cameraman lines up a shot
Jonn points out how creosote kills herring eggs. There’s no eelgrass or kelp left around here for more natural spawning sites
Net suspended in the water from the wharf
Closer view of herring eggs on piling
Lovely afternoon at Burnaby Lake in Burnaby, BC, today.
Let’s start with some wildlife, then move on to views of nature.
The sun broke out today in the lower mainland of BC — a lovely sight after weeks of winter grey. We headed out for the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary but when we got near the entrance, staff were out directing overflow traffic to park back up the road.
While we were happy so many people were out enjoying the wonderful sanctuary, we were not in the mood for crowds, so we thought we’d try Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen, which is another great place to see all sorts of birds.
It was not very crowded at the beach, and once we were out on the raptor trail, there were only a few other walkers around.
Yumi finds a quiet spot on the beach
Yumi working out while I twiddle with cameras
Mt. Baker with people walking on Delta dikes in the foreground
Gull carrying a crab for lunch
Harrier eyeing lunch? : -) Just kidding!
Great Blue Heron in flight
Watch your head! Gulls use the pier to crack shellfish.
Scaup double date