All posts by Paul Cipywnyk

Burnaby Foreshore Park Trails, Birds

I spent nearly three hours wandering the trails in Burnaby, BC’s, Fraser Foreshore Park, at the west end estuary/wetland nature area.

Lots of birds, a few people and dogs, some work action on the river, the wooden railway bridge, and even an incinerator.

burnaby fraser foreshore hummingbird
Rufous hummingbird

burnaby foreshore park sparrow
Song sparrow?

burnaby foreshore park thrush
Varied thrush?

burnaby foreshore park northern flicker
Northern flicker

burnaby foreshore park northern flicker
Northern flicker

Burnaby Foreshore Park robin
American robin

burnaby foreshore park tug boom
Balancing homo sapiens sapiens 🙂

burnaby metro vancouver incinerator
Metro Vancouver incinerator

burnaby fraser railway brdige
Railway bridge

railway bridge beams

burnaby foreshor park bee blossome
Busy bee

burnaby foreshore park fungus
Gorgeous fungus

burnaby foreshore park blossoms

burnaby foreshore park trails

burnaby foreshore park

burnaby foreshore park

Birding at Deer Lake, Blossoms

I attended a birding tour around Burnaby BC’s Deer Lake today led by master birder George Clulow. It was a crisp, sunny morning, and great fun. There was plenty to see, but I ended up splitting my photography efforts between birds and blossoms, since I’d decided not to shlep the heavy artillery for the two-hour walk. It’s hard getting a decent hummingbird shot without the big lens and tripod.

deer lake heron in flight
The heron rookery. Here’s one carrying material for a nest

deer lake mallards
Mallard couple at the east beach

wigeons deer lake
American Wigeon couple at the east beach

Deer Lake mallards
Snoozing mallards at the east beach

frog deer lake
Frog in the lake, likely invasive

deer lake turtles
Turtles in the lake. They all look like invasive red-eared sliders, though one may not be

deer lake sparrow
Sparrow in the gardens near the Burnaby Art Gallery

deer lake blossoms

deer lake blossoms

deer lake blossoms

deer lake blossoms

deer lake blossoms

deer lake rhodos

deer lake rhodos

Burnaby RCMP Safety Forum Big Draw

Burnaby RCMP sponsored a safety forum today with community partners. The event at Lougheed Town Centre Mall attracted lots of folks. I was out running errands so I dropped by, and enjoyed chatting with RCMP, City of Burnaby staff, and community groups that I’ve worked with through volunteering over the years.

I also reconnected with Transit Police Sergeant Hawthorne, and let her know that Byrne Creek Streamkeeper volunteers would have a registration booth and dumpster set up at the Edmonds Skytrain Station on May 2 from about 9:45am to 11:30am for a community cleanup organized by EPIC.  Everyone is welcome to join in!

Burnaby RCMP Safety Forum

Burnaby RCMP Safety Forum

Burnaby RCMP Safety Forum

SFU Education Students Tour Byrne Creek

I had a great time on this glorious afternoon taking about a dozen students studying education at Simon Fraser University on a tour of Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby.

They had their own questions and activities related to community sustainability. I provided them with an overview of what volunteer streamkeepers do, and how we relate to the broader community through umbrella organizations, the municipality, and DFO.

SFU students tour Byrne Creek

SFU students tour Byrne Creek