Category Archives: Nature

Fall Fish Trapping on Byrne Ck in Burnaby

Volunteers did our early fall pre-spawner fish trapping today and were happy to find lots of coho smolts and cutthroat trout. All released unharmed, of course!

Streamkeepers have permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for such activities, and training from the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.

Byrne Creek fish trapping
Placing a retrieved Gee trap in a basinette for enumeration

Lovely specimen

Volunteer Yumi measures a fish

We use dry cat food for bait

Lovely day to be on the creek!

The above two photos show the general area of the site with the trap that had the most fish. Rough areas for humans to get through, but fish love the complexity and cover.

Lots of cool fungi deep in the bush!

Medicating Pets

I’ve medicated dogs, I’ve medicated cats, and I’ve medicated turtles.

They are all aware and after the first dose immediately catch on to what’s coming.

And they all cotton to various ruses within a try or two. . .

Yes, even the turtle.

I would say that in terms of potential injury to the applier of medication, cats can be the worst. Sharp fangs, incredibly twisty and strong for body size, and those fangs carry potential infection. Dogs don’t like meds, but are less likely to retaliate on a loved and trusted one.

Turtles? After the first few oral doses, if they start clamming up, it is damn hard to get them to swallow anything. You have to irritate them to the point that they get angry and open up and hiss and snap, and try to get a syringe of fluid spritzed into the mouth. Sigh.

I hate it when a pet goes from “hey, Daddy’s here!” state, to, “Oh, No, Daddy, don’t do that again” state. But, that’s part of the responsibility, eh?

And I’ll be recognized as good Daddy again some day.