All posts by Paul Cipywnyk

Hitting 10K Tweets on Twitter

This was not planned, but I just hit 10,000 Tweets within days of my 10th anniversary on Twitter.

I recall it took me several attempts to get into the flow, starting and stopping several times the first year, and then it just kept rolling.

I have no idea if this is near average, low, or high. Don’t really care, just find the nice, round 1K/year average interesting.

Cipywnyk 10,000 Tweets

Pitt River Stream of Dreams

I spent an intensive three days this week at École Pitt River Middle School doing the Stream of Dreams Murals Society environmental education and community art project.

Years ago I was on the Stream of Dreams board for about seven years, and now I’m back in training to do some PT gigs helping out with delivering the program.

Thanks to Krystal and Cass of Echo Ecological for their guidance, patience, and good humour.

And thanks to all the students, teachers, and staff who participated! What a great bunch!

Stream of Dreams Program Pitt River Middle School

Spawner Patrol on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby

Yumi and I did a spawner patrol today from the confluence with John Mathews Creek to the stairs in the ravine.

Sunny, clear.

The redd at the confluence with John Mathews looked bigger.

1 dead coho about 15m u/s of the confluence with John Mathews, but it was unreachable in a deep pool. Looked small so possibly a jack or jill.

Appeared to be 1 or 2 redds just d/s of Byrne bridge.

2 live chum in sediment pond

2 live coho in sediment pond

1 live jack in sediment pond

1 dead chum, female, 62cm, not spawned, in sediment pond

redd d/s of first bend in spawning channel

1 dead chum, male, 56cm, loose milt, about 10 meters d/s of the footbridge in lower ravine.

1 dead chum, female, 60cm, not spawned, at the upper end of the washout in the lower ravine

A bit depressing to be finding chum females not spawned. . .

Also three mergansers, one male, two female in overflow pond, a couple of mallards, one heron d/s of John Mathews confluence, one downy woodpecker about halfway between Byrne bridge and John Mathews.

byrne creek salmon heron woodpecker


NOTE: It is illegal to interfere with spawning salmon. Streamkeepers have training, and permission from DFO, to patrol to observe and enumerate salmon returning to spawn, and to collect data (species, length, sex, spawned/unspawned) on salmon after they die.