I bought a BC Non-tidal Angling Licence and a Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence today, both with salmon stamps. Such licences expire at the end of March, and renewing them around this time of year has become a rite of spring.
I am by no means an avid fisherman, but I enjoy hiking, camping, nature photography, streamkeeping and other outdoor activities, so I like having the proper licences if the opportunity arises to wet a line. I have a couple of inexpensive rods and reels, and a small tackle box with an assortment of enough lures and accessories to be suited to most fishing in western Canada.
I have a cousin who loves fishing, and I’m always learning when I go out with him.
I have store-bought canned fish in the cupboard and frozen fish in the freezer, so I figure if I’m eating fish I might as well kill some myself. It’s a reminder that cans and plastic wrap do not insulate us from nature, though nowadays lots of folks have no idea where their food comes from.
I was honoured to speak tonight at the Tommy Douglas Library in SE Burnaby in an event organized by the South Coast Conservation Program called Conservation Through Citizen Engagement on BC’s South Coast.
Pamela Zevit and Tamsin Baker of SCCP provided introductions to their program and the speakers.
Then I spoke about citizen engagement in relation to the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society, and shared some thoughts on communicating about local watersheds to citizens, youth, and various levels of government and government agencies.
I didn’t bother with a PowerPoint, just blathered on with my Slavic passion : – ).
Other speakers included DG Blair of the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia, and Monica Pearson of Balance Ecological, who both delivered stimulating, knowledgeable presentations. Great stuff!
Volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society completed a weekend fish survey in southeast Burnaby, BC, today with the third-best result recorded in 13 years of collecting data. We caught, identified, measured and released 70 juvenile cutthroat trout and three coho.
Please note that this activity is done with authorization from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans SEP Program, and with training by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.
The fish survey involves rambling through the bush. Those hi-viz vests really stand out in the forest.
Someone had placed this chair at this idyllic spot. Nice view, too bad whoever was sitting here appeared to have been tossing beer cans in the creek… Sigh
Skunk cabbage popping up in several place. This is a cool plant!
Emptying a Gee trap
Checking out the results
Releasing the little guys unharmed
Thanks to all the volunteers!
Volunteers from the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society began a two-day survey of fish in the creek this morning.
Lovely morning in the ravine
Please note that fish surveys are done with permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Here’s a little feller hanging in a pool beneath a fallen tree.
Robin keeping an eye on things in Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers found a coho fry (newly hatched with yolk still visible) in a bug sample yesterday, so today on my creek walk I stopped at a few likely places to see if I could spot any in the water. I was happy to see three fry!
Two fry under the wooden footbridge, and I spotted another about ten meters downstream.
It was a lovely day for counting bugs on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby today. Such aquatic invertebrate surveys provide an indication of water quality in the creek, and unfortunately while streamkeeper volunteers have been regularly sampling for over ten years, the quality is nearly always poor to marginal, with just the occasional satisfactory at best.
Using a D-net to gather a sample
Chatting with neighbourhood friends
Volunteers show up with a new generation of streamkeepers 🙂
Volunteers usually combine data collection with ongoing garbage cleanup
It’s been a warm winter!
I checked the artificial spawning habitat and sediment pond for fish, but saw only two cutthroat. No fry yet. I also found this odd black, flaking coating on the sediment pond spillway. Something yucky came down the creek not too long ago!
So according to an article entitled “No more free water for bottlers in BC” in Business in Vancouver, and another in the Globe & Mail, BC will start charging commercial bottlers for water now taken freely from the commons, put in plastic bottles, and sold.
Yes, our water will now be sold to commercial bottlers for $2.25 per million litres. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.
That means bottlers like Nestle will now pay 0.00022 cents per litre. In case you have trouble seeing the decimal point, that’s “point zero zero zero two two” cents per litre.
Er, how much does Nestle charge for a litre of bottled water?
The City of Burnaby’s new design standards for streets in its four town centres look interesting. Lots of green including rain gardens. Hope this progresses quickly, as we need all the rainwater infiltration that we can get to keep our urban streams as healthy as possible. Infiltration naturally filters pollution and reduces peak flows.
See the document here.
I’ve been asked to take part in two presentations at the SEP 2015 British Columbia stewardship community workshop in May.
One will be on event and documentary photography, with an emphasis on using photos for effective communication and engagement, be it in paper publications or online. The other is a panel on engaging youth in stewardship activities. Should be fun!
SEP 2015 will take place in Port Alberni, BC, May 15-17, 2015.
More information about the workshop will be posted to this website as details firm up.
This is a great time of year to see salmon and eagles up the Sea-to-Sky highway heading north from Vancouver to Squamish.
Didn’t see that many of the magnificent raptors today, but enough for some decent photos.
Eagle soaring above the Paradise Valley road north of Squamish, BC
Lunching on what appears to be a chum salmon on the Squamish River
Cruising along the Squamish River
A mass of biomass. Lots of carcasses near the Tenderfoot hatchery off the Paradise Valley road north of Squamish. It looks gross, but salmon bring nutrients back from the ocean that enrich our coastal forests and other wildlife.