The City of Burnaby has declared a total fire ban in Burnaby Parks, including smoking. Yet on my Byrne Creek Ravine Park walks, I keep seeing butts on forest trails every day.
It’s tinder-dry out there folks.
Most of the butts in these photos (all taken in about a half-hour span today) are mixed in with extremely flammable material.
I was happy to see fry in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby on my ravine walk today. I love spotting these little tykes and watching them. Several of them were nibbling at anything that fell into this pool.
The Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster, BC, had several tours today sharing First Nations fishing and fish-preserving techniques.
It was interesting learning about the cleaning, filleting, and wind-drying process to preserve salmon, and we got to try our hands out sharpening Indigenous tools.
An exercise sorting cleaning, filleting and wind drying into proper order.
Checking out the BC watersheds map, with a focus on the mighty Fraser River
The protected White Sturgeon
Yep, these massive, ancient (both in terms of time on Earth, and lifespan) fish come from such tiny eggs. Amazing!
The Seymour Salmonid Society and Metro Vancouver hosted the annual Father’s Day trout release at Rice Lake on Vancouver’s north shore.
This is a super event with lots of other stewardship groups represented. Great fun to see kids so excited about releasing fish — and, um, getting a chance to try fishing, too .
Now that’s a huge Seymour watershed 3D map!
Seymour Salmonid Society hatchery tour
The Seymour watershed provides a good chunk of Metro Vancouver’s drinking water, and is a pristine, protected area.
Heading down to the lake for the trout release
Fishing gear to borrow for free to try your hand. It’s great to see urban kids so excited to release fish, and yes, try to catch one, too!
Yumi waiting for a trout to release. She got one the last ones.
What a beauty!
Interesting hitchhiker as we walked the lake loop trail.
The Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to Canada’s Dept of Fisheries and Oceans held a 3-day meeting in Victoria, BC, last weekend. We had an opportunity to tour some local stewardship projects.
Cool remote instream fish monitoring system
Checking out fish ladders
Listening to an overview of what we’re going to see
Board members and local volunteers
It takes a lot of partners to make projects like this happen.
That’s a huge culvert blocking fish passage
Ian of the Penninsula Streams Society and also a SEHAB board member, explains the challenges of the project to install a stepped fish ladder. Planning, engineering, and fundraising are well underway.
One day after schoolchildren released coho smolts into Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby, BC, fish were found dying. Studies show that coho are particularly sensitive to road wash that contains a toxic combination of pollutants including gasoline, oil, antifreeze, and metals.
They actually try to swim with their heads above the water as they try to escape the pollutants
It would likely help if the City of Burnaby council would actually implement the Byrne Creek Integrated Stormwater Management Plan and the Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
The watershed needs rain gardens, swales, and biofiltration ponds. The more road wash that is intercepted and naturally filtered in the ground the better.
UPDATE: I sent this to Dr. Jenifer McIntyre, a professor at Washington State University, who has been researching the impacts of road runoff on salmon. She shared a link to her latest published study comparing road runoff effects on coho vs chum.
DFO, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers, City of Burnaby staff, and teachers, kids and parents from Stride Elementary released chum fry in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby this morning. What a lovely day for this uplifting event!
Thanks to volunteers at the Bell-Irving Hatchery at Kanaka Creek who raised these wee fish.
It’s interesting how tentative many of these kids are in a natural environment, and how quickly and joyfully they adapt to it.
A benefit to walking the ravine in the rain is that you pretty much have it to yourself. Saw only one other person in a one-hour ramble. And the rain produces lush, soft colors.
Yumi spotted a couple of Barred Owls and a hawk today on our SE Burnaby walk. Not sure if the hawk is a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper’s.
UPDATE: One expert has weighed in on Cooper’s. Thanks!
UPDATE 2: And another has come down for Sharp-Shinned. . .
Don’t step in the poop, dear, people want to look at it. 🙂
Overheard today from a parent to a young child during a tracks and scat talk ‘n walk at the Kanaka Creek Stewardship Centre in Maple Ridge, BC.
Super event, great fun and educational to boot.
Folks taking turns observing raccoon tracks
Lovely Kanaka Creek
Scat with bones in it
The lovely stewardship centre
A cool bug
Yumi on the bridge
Moi enjoying the creek and forest