Back by popular demand! 🙂
As part of the City of Burnaby’s Environment Week celebrations, I’ll be presenting a slide show on “Beautiful Byrne Creek” at the Tommy Douglas Library in SE Burnaby on June 4, at 7:00 pm.
Yes, you too, can become a streamkeeper just like me! 😉
Similar to last year’s presentation, I will give an overview of Burnaby watersheds, and then focus on Byrne Creek and what sorts of activities volunteer streamkeepers do to help protect and restore natural habitat in the urban environment.
I’ll have lovely nature shots of the creek and ravine park, posters, streamkeeper handbooks and equipment, etc.
Suitable for all ages!
Hope to see you there.
We took an evening stroll through the eastern end of Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby this evening. Ran across a lot of spit bugs and a beetle with some hitchhikers.
I’ve had a stubborn spot on the sensor of my Nikon D7100 for awhile now. I could not remove it simply by blowing air at it.
I did some reading online (in particular this detailed article), and went out today and bought a pack of Sensor Swabs preloaded with Eclipse fluid. I was a bit hesitant, but followed the instructions.
The first swab didn’t do it, but a second swabbing appears to have dealt with the annoying spot.
Though I wasn’t birding, I did get a few shots on my recent trip to Vancouver Island.
Towhee on Mt. Tolmie in Victoria
Hummingbird on a wire near Jordan River
Checking out the photographer
Gull with Trial Islands in background
Cormorants at Swartz Bay ferry terminal
It was a lovely early evening run from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen. The clouds were amazing.
The SEP 2015 (Salmonid Enhancement Program) workshop in Port Alberni, BC, on May 15-17 was a huge success. These events happen every two years, rotating among a variety of communities in British Columbia, organized by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, Department of Fisheries community advisors, and stewardship groups.
Here’s my Flickr album of the workshop.
Spotted this lovely mayfly hanging on to a railing on the old steam train near Port Alberni, BC.
Got some nice shots today at the pier in White Rock, BC.
The heron kept shifting its head from side to side to locate prey
Well, I was hoping it wouldn’t happen.
I was hoping it wouldn’t rain, because rain flushes all the crap off our roads and into our creeks. Gasoline, oil, antifreeze, metals from brake-lining dust…
But today one of our volunteers from the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society observed 130+ dead coho smolts in the sediment pond, near where they had been released just two days ago. See photos in previous post.
Anger. Sadness. Frustration.
We’ve had years where we’ve counted over 700 dead smolts, or a mortality rate of over 25% of those released, and I’m sure we always miss many morts. Mother Nature cleans up damn quick when a smolt buffet is set for all the birds and beasts who love fish.
The weirdness is that indigenous fish appear to be fine. You’ll see fry and trout swimming about unaffected by the pollutants that kill the coho.
You can see live fry on the right-hand side of this photo
This one was barely alive. It sat on the bottom barely moving, then turned a few circles, and banged its head into the concrete wall of the sediment pond.
Our DFO Community Advisor released about 5,000 coho smolts in Burnaby, BC, south slope creeks this morning. Byrne Creek, on which I volunteer, got a total of about 3,000 of those.
The yearlings are transported in a special tank and then transferred into the creek in buckets
A closeup of the seething mass of life. It appeared that we lost just two or three out of the thousands
DFO is now saying to clip the adipose fins on hatchery coho again, which means streamkeeper volunteers will be able to distinguish hatchery from wild coho when they return to spawn in a few years.
The habitat was looking lush following this morning’s rain
Rain beading on blossoms
Lonely blossom in the rain