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Metro Vancouver Watershed Tour

We took in a Metro Vancouver watershed tour today. We visited the Capilano Watershed, getting a behind-the-scenes look at where much of our drinking water comes from in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area of BC.

It was fun and informative — highly recommended. We’d been to the Cleveland Dam several times before, but had not taken the tour into some of the restricted parts of the waterhed.

Also cool to see some signs of early water supply infrastructure still visible though slowly being reclaimed by the forest. . .

Capilano Dam spillway


Masks optional on the bus — most folks were still wearing them

Interesting seeing the forest gradually reclaiming old infrastructure from long ago. Settling ponds, a furnace for thawing frozen filters . . .

Testing the structural integrity of a back-country bridge : – )

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Bear calling card

Looks like a Sapsucker was at work?

Rotary traps for moving fish

Nets for moving fish

Bald Eagle in the mist

Another Eagle

South Burnaby Birds ‘n Bees

I love our ‘hood — it’s wonderful living next to a ravine park with lots of birds and other wildlife Here are some shots taken today.

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Barred Owl fledgling

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American Robin gathering lunch for its family

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Busy bee

cedar waxwing Burnaby BC
Cedar Waxwing on the Byrne Creek dyke

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Northern Flicker family on the Byrne Creek dyke

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Northern Flicker Byrne Creek Ravine Park

Joffre Lakes ParkBus Ambassador

At the lowest Joffre Lake today.
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I got a summer weekends gig through early October being an Ambassador on ParkBus that picks up hikers in downtown Vancouver and delivers them to Joffre Lakes past Pemberton on the Sea to Sky.

I give them the standard “don’t pick any flowers, pack out your garbage, and don’t pet the grizzly bears” orientation before sending them off 🙂.

They’re on their own to hike as many of the lakes as they’re able in five to six hours, and then I make sure everyone gets back to the bus and bring them home.

The Joffre Lakes trails have gotten crowded over the years, so First Nations, Parks, etc., got together and came up with a management plan.

You now need a (free) permit to hike the lakes to limit congestion, and services like ParkBus are helping to reduce vehicle traffic and parking.

It makes a lot more sense to transport up to 50 or so folks on a bus than having, say, 25 dual-occupancy private cars making the trip.

SEHAB Meeting on the Sunshine Coast, BC

We had a SEHAB (Salmonid Enhancement & Habitat Advisory Board) meeting on the Sunshine Coast over the last weekend.

SEHAB meeting Sunshine Coast BC

We stayed at the wonderful Linwood House, visited the Chapman Creek hatchery, and participated in a Sockeye fry release into Sakinaw Lake.

SEHAB is a volunteer board that represents DFO Community Advisors’ geographical areas from across British Columbia. Board members receive no compensation, but meeting expenses are covered. We have a fabulous treasurer who stretches our modest meeting budget.

The board meets three times a year, collating information from community stewardship groups, and taking key issues to DFO Regional Headquarters to inform mangement and the Minister.

I have had the priviledge of being on the board initially as an alternate and then a full member for about 12 years now. The breadth of fishy experience and knowledge in the room is amazing, and I am always learning.

For example, I was not aware that Sakinaw Lake sockeye are on the verge of extinction. The restocking effort by volunteers and DFO is an attempt to stave this off, but the outlook is not good with climate change warming the lake to temperatures detrimental to salmon. Fingers crossed. . .

Thanks to all the local folks who shared their good work with us!