Yumi and I did a two-hour patrol of Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby, BC, today, looking for spawning salmon. We were skunked again. With the recent rains, chum and coho should be moving up the creek from the Fraser River any day now.
But it was still a lovely ramble, and we spotted a Great Blue Heron successfully fishing in the creek.
Tagged tree down! Many years ago, volunteer streamkeepers laid out a system of numbered tags along the creek to which we reference data collection and activities. This tree has toppled, so we’ll move the tag to another nearby.
Let’s play Spot the Streamkeeper : – ).
Even with hi-viz vests on, you can lose your patrol partners even on this urban creek in the middle of the city.
OK, here’s an easier one!
Thanks to the South Coast Conservation Program for organizing an excellent Conservation Connections workshop today.
Enjoyed all the speakers from BC Forestry, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (yes that’s just one ministry there : – ), Metro Vancouver, City of Surrey Sustainability Office, Fraser Valley Conservancy. . .
Yowza! Tons of these gorgeous waterfowl near the pier in White Rock this evening . . .
Follow the leader. . .
You may want to skip these if you’re just getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner.
Meal done, time to clean the beak by rubbing it along a branch
Thanksgiving moon shot in Burnaby, BC, on our our way home this evening from dinner with friends. Canon SX730HS pocket cam at max 40X optical zoom, handheld leaning against a stop sign .
I love autumn, and while the colours are starting to diminish, next up will be spawning salmon. We volunteer with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers in SE Burnaby, BC, and for us this is the most exciting part of the year when salmon start returning to spawn and die.
There’s so much anticipation to see how many fish we’ll get as our numbers vary considerably over the years. Some years have been very poor with only a few dozen spawners counted, but last year we had over 100.
We have permission from Burnaby Parks to zapstrap two or three funny dog posters to trees in the lower ravine during the spawning season. We’ve had excellent responses to them, with dog walkers asking us when they’ll be up.
While we haven’t seen any salmon yet, they should start arriving any day now. Yumi spotted this disturbance which is likely a redd, or nest of eggs, so they may be here and hiding. That could mean coho, as they are very secretive, while chum, the other species in our creek, is readily observable.
Unfortunately the creek also attracts irresponsible types and we often find garbage dumped in it. This speaker was tossed off of the Meadow Ave. bridge.
Street garbage seen today, much of it plastics, leading straight to a storm drain at the corner of Edmonds and Fulton in SE Burnaby, BC. This was perhaps a 5-meter stretch of curb.
I am documenting more of this when I run across it because the Stream of Dreams Murals Society is researching how plastics are impacting local streams, and eventually the Fraser River and Pacific Ocean though storm-drain pollution.
The City of Burnaby is providing some support for this project.
All drains lead to fish habitat. When this garbage is washed into street drains, it ends up in local creeks, begins breaking down, and keeps moving downstream affecting fish and wildlife along the way. It will eventually arrive in the ocean, perhaps as microplastics.
It was yet another gorgeous day in downtown Vancouver at the EcoCity 2019 event (@ecocity2019). It was my second day helping staff the Stream of Dreams Murals Society booth @StreamofDreams . I’ve been doing some PT work this year helping deliver the Stream of Dreams watershed education and community art program in schools.
I really enjoyed this event. Talked to lots of folks over the two days, collected a bunch of biz cards, and will be following up with many.
There was a serendipitous moment as I was chatting with a conference goer who didn’t seem all that impressed with our watershed education and community art program. Just then another woman walked by and squealed “Oh my gosh, Stream of Dreams! I love your program, my kids got so much out it, and teachers at her school were raving about it!”
No, I’d never met the second woman, and no cash was exchanged under any table : – ).
It’s very rewarding to get such unsolicited positive feedback.
L-R: Project Manager Krystal, Co-Founder Lu. Great people to work with!
Lovely day in downtown Vancouver at the EcoCity 2019 event (@ecocity2019). I was helping staff the Stream of Dreams Murals Society booth. I’ve been doing some PT work this year helping deliver the Stream of Dreams watershed education and community art program in schools.
Had fun chatting with lots of other exhibitors and visitors, and also enjoyed meeting the folks from Royal Roads University where I did my MA, and University of Saskatchewan where I got my BA and BEd, and the University of Victoria, where I did a year of writing.
Great to see all the environmental programs coming out of these unis, and others!
While the multi-hundred-million dollar buildings are impressive, what really stands out to me is the tree. It outshines them all.
I took a walk on Byrne Creek this afternoon, something I try to do several times a week. A bit early to see salmon coming back to spawn, but there were lush colours to shoot after the recent rain.
Here are three of my fave shots from today.