We’re not expecting spawning salmon for another week or so, but Yumi and I did a ravine loop along Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby today for exercise, and to catch what was left of the autumn colors.
Wee fishies give young biologists joy : -).
Thanks to biologist Jim Roberts of Hemmera, who gave an excellent presentation on the complexities of identifying salmonids and other BC freshwater fish.
Note all fish are released unharmed.
And thanks to Burnaby-Edmonds MLA Raj Chouhan for hosting the morning in-class session in his community office.
It was a lovely sunny day today at the Alta Vista Park Community Picnic in south Burnaby. This event has been happening annually for, I believe, over 25 years. Just local folks, mostly women, organizing this small fundraiser to keep the park equipment updated and in good shape.
Volunteers from the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society have been attending this event for around ten years or more. We love this event because it’s NOT an environmental event, it’s truly a local community party, and it’s a great chance to talk to folks about their local watersheds and streams.
Here are a few photos from today:
Local faves Rainshadow perform
City of Burnaby Parks and Rec crafts table
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers display
Folks checking out 3D watershed map – cool!
Pamela Zevit of the South Coast Conservation Program led a fun and informative nature tour on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby today.
Checking out Pamela’s bags of goodies — snail shells, feathers, and other cool stuff.
I’ve been volunteering with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers for over a decade, and I always enjoy getting out in the park and down in the ravine with knowledgeable folks, be they biologists, or birders, or geologists… There is always something to learn!
There have been some questions about lamprey on the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers mailing list.
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.
I was happy to see that water temperatures have eased in Byrne Creek in southeast Burnaby.
Today I got readings of 10/11 C in the ravine, and a high of 13 C at the downstream end of the sediment pond. That’s off from 17+ a few weeks ago, which was getting high for the health of salmon and trout.
It was also interesting to note that the air temperature in the thick, tall woods of the ravine was 15 C, while the air temperature standing on the median of Southridge Drive, a four-lane road running past the ravine, was 24 C.
Another example of the natural services provided by woods and forests!
I took a one-hour loop in Byrne Creek Ravine Park this afternoon in SE Burnaby, BC. I was happy to see lots of salmon fry, and possibly trout fry. I took water temperatures at three points in the lower ravine, and they ranged from 14.5 – 15 C, so not too bad for fish. Other volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers had recorded temps as high as 17 further downstream.
Aside from lots of fry, I also saw thirsty wasps and bees. Some wasps were rolling and collecting mud.
Lots of fry in the pool upstream of the wooden footbridge
Wasp rolling mud on the bank of the creek
One of several bees seeking hydration
I like how the sun and moving water created this dappled appearance
Back by popular demand! 🙂
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.