We’ve known this is coming for years, but I was still a bit shocked to see City crews putting up these signs on my south slope ramble today. Sigh.
This will be a big hit on urban biodiversity in south Burnaby. The site is just across Byrne Park Drive to the east of Byrne Creek Ravine Park.
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers had our booth at World Rivers Day at the Burnaby Village Museum today. Sunny, warm, and lots of folks to talk about watersheds with.
Our popular 3D watershed map
The City of Burnaby’s huge, walkable watersheds map
An OWL rescue
Volunteers did our early fall pre-spawner fish trapping today and were happy to find lots of coho smolts and cutthroat trout. All released unharmed, of course!
Streamkeepers have permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for such activities, and training from the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.
Placing a retrieved Gee trap in a basinette for enumeration
Volunteer Yumi measures a fish
We use dry cat food for bait
Lovely day to be on the creek!
The above two photos show the general area of the site with the trap that had the most fish. Rough areas for humans to get through, but fish love the complexity and cover.
Lots of cool fungi deep in the bush!
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers have our watershed & salmon education booth set up at the Alta Vista Community Picnic today from 10 – 2. Come on down to this fun neighbourhood event! Corner of Royal Oak and McKee in south Burnaby.
Every couple of years the sediment trap upstream of the artificial spawning channel on Byrne Ck in SE Burnaby needs to be cleaned out. Enviro techs, City staff, and volunteer streamkeepers salvage fish, lamprey, crayfish, etc. with nets and move them downstream as the water is pumped down.
It’s hot, muddy work, but also great fun to see what turns up!
Yumi and I did a loop in Lynn Canyon Park on the north shore. We love these trails!
The suspension bridge
Checking for aquatic invertebrates, AKA bugs
If you’re involved in environmental issues in Canada in any way, be it as a volunteer, consultant, NGO staff member, etc., you may be interested in contributing feedback to this discussion paper.
Environmental and Regulatory Reviews: Discussion Paper
Our Government is committed to deliver environmental assessment and regulatory processes that regain public trust, protect the environment, introduce modern safeguards, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, ensure good projects go ahead, and resources get to market.
We made this commitment because we share common concerns about the ability of Canada’s environmental assessment and regulatory processes to protect and sustain the natural environment while getting resources to market and creating good, middle class jobs for Canadians. In the current system:
- There is a need for greater transparency around the science, data and evidence supporting decisions and to ensure Indigenous knowledge is sufficiently taken into account;
- Protections to Canada’s fisheries and waterways are insufficient; and,
- Indigenous peoples and the public should have more opportunities to meaningfully participate.
This discussion paper outlines the changes our Government is considering for Canada’s environmental assessment and regulatory processes that will:
- Regain public trust;
- Protect the environment;
- Advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; and,
- Ensure good projects go ahead and resources get to market.
Kids from Clinton Elementary in south Burnaby helped Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers and DFO release coho smolts (yearling salmon) in Byrne Creek today.
It was a bittersweet event, as it was the last release on Byrne with retiring DFO Community Advisor Maurice Coulter-Boisvert.
But we’re very happy that long-time tech Scott is taking over Maurice’s role. Looking forward to working with you!
DFO and City of Burnaby staff share a laugh. It was that kind of uplifting day, and event, eh?
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers stalwart and Stream of Dreams co-founder Joan helps connect the kids to nature
Maurice on the salmon life cycle
Joan demonstrates proper fish release technique
Lining up to take fish down to the creek. The excitement is palpable. . . : – )
Netting coho smolts out of the tank, and putting them in baggies for the kids
Helping hands guide excited kids for a safe release
Look at them go!
Volunteer Ray points out how the fish quickly change color to match their new surroundings
They are so beautiful. Thanks so much to the volunteers at Kanaka Creek who raise these cuties!
Don’t mess with this crew : -)
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society volunteers sampled nine sites on the creek today for bugs — AKA aquatic invertebrates. The types and quantities of bugs found are an indicator of water quality.
After the bugs are collected using D-nets, we retire to a volunteer’s home to count in comfort, accompanied by coffee, tea, and muffins.
Growing collection of mayflies
A cool aquatic snail
I was grateful to be invited to DFO Community Advisor Maurice Coulter-Boisvert’s retirement lunch today in Burnaby. Dozens of representatives from the stewardship volunteer community and DFO staff celebrated his over 35 years of service.
Maurice is a wonderful person, and has done so much for so many years in mentoring and supporting the volunteer community in BC’s lower mainland.