Volunteers collect and enumerate aquatic invertebrates twice a year on Byrne Creek in Burnaby, BC, to assess water quality using the protocols in the Streamkeepers Handbook.
Unfortunately our water quality is nearly always poor due to the surrounding urban environment.
We did find a few cool bugs today in addition to the usual aquatic worms, scuds, midges, and mayflies.
We spent a few days up at the Salute to the Sockeye festival the last few days at the former Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.
The park was recently officially, and rightfully, renamed Tsútswecw Provincial Park. (I’ve read news reports that family of the late Haig-Brown — one of Canada’s most famous environmentalists and nature writers — supports the renaming).
This year is a dominant run, and though it’s been slow shaping up, it was still awesome. I think this is the third or fourth dominant run that we’ve taken in — they happen every four years, with slower runs in between.
Volunteers from the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society had a great time volunteering at World Rivers Day at the Burnaby Heritage Village today.
I shot several hundred photos of the festivities and when I get them winnowed down I’ll post them to a Flickr album.
Byrne Creek Streamkeeper volunteers had our booth up at this fun family event.
My Flckr album here.
Heartfelt thanks to City of Burnaby firefighters who dealt with a blaze in Byrne Creek Ravine Park today.
Also thanks to City of Burnaby staff for calling volunteer streamkeepers to keep us in the loop.
I was invited to take a look, but since firefighters were still working on it, I was asked not to go in all the way.
It’s been so hot and dry this summer, and the City of Burnaby added extra No Smoking in Parks and on Trails signs in the area, but we regularly saw inconsiderate smokers putting the park and their neighbours at risk.
Please, please, what does it take for people to act responsibly?
I don’t know if smoking caused this blaze, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I documented the mass of butts on trails in the area in a post earlier this summer.
I was allowed to go this far, wearing my safety vest and with an invitation from City staff.
UPDATE: Burnaby Now report here.
Following yesterday evening’s Byrne Creek Streamkeepers meeting I thought I’d consolidate our events and activities for the next month into one message.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 – 2 pm, Alta Vista Community Picnic
Alta Vista Park, on Royal Oak a few blocks south of Rumble
Set up from 9:30
Sunday, Sept. 23. World Rivers Day
Burnaby Village Museum
Event runs 11:00 – 4:30
At both of the above events we put up our display panels and talk to
folks about streamkeeping and the Byrne Creek watershed in particular.
Fish trapping. (Sampling for juvenile fish that are identified, measured, and returned unharmed to the creek). Needs to get done before mid-October when spawners start to return. Works best with at least three or four people. Traps go in during good weather one day and are retrieved and enumerated the next day.
Bug counting (Aquatic Invertebrate Survey). Also needs to get done before mid-October before spawners start returning. All ~ nine or so sites can be done in one day if we have enough volunteers.
Storage Container. We have gotten approval to put a storage container in the fenced-off habitat (artificial spawning channel) near the gate. Once the container is in place, we’ll have a work party to paint it, and collect all the gear and inventory it.
Spawner Monitoring. Mid-October to early December. We’ll talk more about this at the October meeting — scheduling and training.
Put a mic in front of me, and hear me talk : – ).
Dunno, I guess it’s my passion for streamkeeping and nature, but I love to talk on these topics.
This budding young journalist was patient with me a few years back . . .
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!