BC Hydro approached Byrne Creek Streamkeepers to get a creek orientation.
Folks were so enthusiastic about exploring the creek and ravine today that a 15-minute site meeting turned into a two-hour ramble!
Hydro staff are planning a watershed display and activities during the Rivers Day week in September, and BCSS volunteers will set up our booth and information display at the Hydro building, and perhaps lead a creek tour or two.
We came across this huge banana slug:
So I thought I’d go photo hunting for birds and insects down at the Fraser Foreshore Park ponds in south Burnaby just west of Byrne Creek.
This is the first pond west of the outfall of Byrne Creek into the Fraser. Ran into this dyke construction. Thought I’d better go home and start building an Ark. . .
More info in this Burnaby Now story.
We checked out the Burrard Inlet Fish Fest in Port Moody and then walked to Noon’s Creek Hatchery and back.
Fry in Noon’s Creek
Salmon at Work!
Lots of killdeer on the mud flats
Barn Swallow action
I’ll be doing a presentation on the history and development of Burnaby watersheds, and talking about what volunteer streamkeepers do, at the Metrotown Public Library branch in #Burnaby, BC, on Sept. 19 at 7:00pm.
You can register at the link below:
Every summer the City of Burnaby Parks Department has summer camps for kids at Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby. For the second year, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers were asked to take the kids on a tour of the creek.
This year I was the leader, and it was a blast. We walked from the park down to the creek, and back, talking about the local fish, wildlife, plants, etc.
The famous Byrne Creek mini-Grind : – ).
Nice to see lots of fry in Byrne Creek today with fry spotter extraordinaire Yumi Kosaka.
If you look closely you may be able to see a wee one just above Yumi’s wrist. Yumi has great non-threatening vibes : – ).
Also collecting garbage along the way. . .
Looks like the salmon run in our foyer is off to an early start. Another of Yumi’s lovely creations.
On the upside I just finished my first Byrne Creek ravine circumrambulation in SE Burnaby, BC, since I hurt my foot a few weeks ago, and it feels fine.
On the downside it was scary to see so many cedars drying out in the forest, and not even the middle of June.
Cougar Canyon hike in North Delta today. Great to check out Cougar Creek with canyon expert David Smith. I enjoy seeing other creeks and what other streamkeepers and stewards are up to. Thanks!
Also thanks to Deborah Jones of the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers for organizing!
North Delta is a leader in rain gardens in the lower mainland of BC.
As part of the City of Burnaby’s Environment Week activities, the City, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, and the Lower Mainland Green Team collaborated on pulling invasive English Ivy from the ravine. Thanks to all the volunteers!
Streamkeeper volunteers setting up our information booth
Thanks to the Lower Mainland Green Team for providing lots of gear and supervision!
Our 3D maps of the lower mainland, and of the Byrne Creek watershed, were great hits. Made by hand by streamkeeper volunteers!
I love hands-on outdoor events!
Volunteers heading down into the ravine near the playground at Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby, BC
The pile of ivy grows. . .
Thanking the volunteers
Yumi found this ancient stubbie that was still capped and had liquid in it, but we were afraid to open it 😉