Category Archives: Streamkeeping

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

Productive SEHAB Meetings in Vancouver

Just got home from three days of SEHAB (Salmon Enhancement & Habitat Advisory Board) meetings.

We had several excellent presentations from both federal and provincial staff, and a renewed sense of optimism that DFO and the province are making progress toward working together to build momentum on some longstanding fish and habitat issues.

It was also great to hear from SEHAB members from across BC who represent their DFO Community Advisors’ geographical areas, and collate reports from stewardship groups to take to DFO Regional Headquarters in Vancouver.

SEHAB is an amazing crew with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and it’s been a privilege and a huge learning experience being on the board.

I’m exhausted, but it’s a satisfying exhaustion .

sehab meeting vancouver


Ya gotta eat, and a lot of discussion and knowledge sharing continues over meals

Pitt River Stream of Dreams

I spent an intensive three days this week at École Pitt River Middle School doing the Stream of Dreams Murals Society environmental education and community art project.

Years ago I was on the Stream of Dreams board for about seven years, and now I’m back in training to do some PT gigs helping out with delivering the program.

Thanks to Krystal and Cass of Echo Ecological for their guidance, patience, and good humour.

And thanks to all the students, teachers, and staff who participated! What a great bunch!

Stream of Dreams Program Pitt River Middle School