Category Archives: Streamkeeping

Byrne Creek Invasive English Ivy Pull

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

Byrne Creek Burnaby Invasive Ivy Pull
Yumi found this ancient stubbie that was still capped and had liquid in it, but we were afraid to open it 😉

Catching Up After Streamkeeper Workshop in Nanaimo

Last weekend I attended the 2019 SEP Workshop in Nanaimo, BC. It’s held every two years, and offers a cornucopia of sessions ranging from fish biology to public advocacy. Thanks to all the volunteers, Pacific Streamkeepers Federation and DFO Salmonid Enhancement Program who made it a huge success!

I stayed at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and enjoyed early and late walks on the beach.

Here’s a sunrise teaser from a few days ago with more to come as I get caught up on real life : – ).

rathtrevor beach sunrise

UPDATE June 5: OK, here’s a whack more photos from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park:

rathtrevor beach provincial park nature

Lots of Fry, Caddisfly Larvae in Byrne Creek

On our morning walk today we spotted salmonid fry of at least two species/sizes, and Yumi also came across a bunch of caddisly larvae.

caddisfly larvae byrne creek burnaby
A mess of caddisfly larvae. Cool!


I love how they build homes for themselves out of bits of woody debris and tiny stones.

salmon fry byrne creek burnaby bc

dead raptor byrne creek burnaby bc
Yumi also spotted this dead raptor. Unfortunately it was across a deep pool from us so we couldn’t reach it for closer inspection. It’s not too often that you come across sights like this, for nature’s cleanup crews are fast and efficient.

Barred Owl on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby

Been hearing Barred Owls along Byrne Creek on our last several walks, and today we saw one.

Max 40X optical zoom on my little pocket Canon SX730H at ISO 800, which is about as high as you can push the wee sensor before you seriously start losing definition.

Barred Owls have been nesting in the ravine park, so please give them their space, minimize observation time, and don’t make them uncomfortable.

barred owl byrne creek burnaby