There have been some questions about lamprey on the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers mailing list.
Here’s one that I shot just below the stop log in the sediment pond on July 30 this summer. It was about 15 cm long, give or take a few.
They may seem icky for their snake-like appearance and because many are by nature parasitic, but they are part of the great scheme of things, and have coexisted with salmon, trout and other fish for millennia.
We have observed them spawning in Byrne Creek, in the lower ravine, and in the sediment pond. They are actually quite beautiful to watch when they are mating for they dance and twine together.
Cool! One of my photos appeared in the summer 2015 InfoBurnaby.
Not so cool, they forgot to credit… Sigh.
City of Burnaby staff asked if they could use photos from my blog post from a few months back to promote Parks-organized nature tours. I said sure, but that it would be great to be given credit.
Giving credit is easy, so I wonder why it seems so hard to remember to do.
UPDATE: Aug. 13, 2015. Thank you! In a new brochure, the City used five of my photos — and there were five photo credits!
Another photo ramble at Stewart Heritage Farm in south Surrey. It’s one of my favourite places in the lower mainland to take photos.
We attended the 2015 Powell Street Festival in Vancouver today. Super sunny day. Great events and food!
My Flickr album here.
My lovely wife prepared a roll-your-own sushi feast for my birthday, You will also note the portion-controlled birthday cupcake :-).
Our local MP Peter Julian and MLA Raj Chouhan hosted their annual summer BBQ in Ron McLean Park in southeast Burnaby today. It was great fun, with local band Rainshadow providing entertainment.
Here’s my Flickr album of the event.
We got ten cobs of fresh corn at HMart today for, I think it was $5.98. A minute or two in boiling water and it’s fantastic, not even any salt or butter, just natural sweetness.
Choco wanted out on the balcony to lap fresh rainwater off of leaves. When I went back a few minutes later to check on her, I found her mesmerized by a snail.
I heard a light thud on the roof, or perhaps a window, and looked out to see a rodent on the walk in front of our door.
Dropped by a raptor?
I put on a pair of disposable medical gloves (rodents can carry parasites) and put it in a box. I know a biologist who uses desiccated beasties for teaching, so it’s double bagged and in the freezer.
It was a sunny, hot, blue-sky morning for a nature tour of Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby. Thanks to Pamela Zevit of the South Coast Conservation Program who led the informative tour, and who brought along a show-and-tell kit of cool animal stuff!