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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.

Volunteers Patrol For Spawning Salmon on Byrne Creek

Half a dozen volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society patrolled the creek in SE #Burnaby for spawning salmon today. It’s been a slow start to the spawning season, but we saw a couple of live ones today, and processed a couple of dead ones for size, sex, and spawning status.

Mystery of the Painful Ankle

Somehow my ankle got screwed up, and I have no idea what happened. I recall stumbling on some stairs, but it didn’t hurt at the time. Sigh.

Woke this morning with some minor pain, but by the end of the work day, much of it spent on my feet, I was feeling more twinges.

Got home, made dinner, sat down to watch the news, got up and YOW!

Nearly fell down the pain was so sharp.

What the heck?

I’ve been RICEing it this evening, and have it loosely wrapped for bed with a tensor bandage with a topical patch inside.

Sure hope it’s better in the morning, because I have another six-hour delivery shift. . .

bum ankle

UPDATE (Nov. 6): Well the ankle has pretty much come around, but a week of walking funny has resulted in a painful muscle in the foot.  Everything is connected . . .  Heading off to work with a topical patch and ankle brace.