Lovely day in downtown Vancouver at the EcoCity 2019 event (@ecocity2019). I was helping staff the Stream of Dreams Murals Society booth. I’ve been doing some PT work this year helping deliver the Stream of Dreams watershed education and community art program in schools.
Had fun chatting with lots of other exhibitors and visitors, and also enjoyed meeting the folks from Royal Roads University where I did my MA, and University of Saskatchewan where I got my BA and BEd, and the University of Victoria, where I did a year of writing.
Great to see all the environmental programs coming out of these unis, and others!
While the multi-hundred-million dollar buildings are impressive, what really stands out to me is the tree. It outshines them all.
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers had our booth set up at the Alta Vista Community Picnic in south Burnaby, BC, today.
This is one of our favourite events because it’s in our neighborhood, and it’s a great family and friends affair.
We also got several people interested in volunteering with our group!
My Flickr album here.
It was a pleasure to meet Cathy Glover today and get a photo taken with her at the monument to her late father Ken, who was instrumental in leading initial cleanups of Byrne Creek and the ravine decades ago.
A group of agriculture journalists toured the lower ravine with us. We talked salmon, invasive species, water quality and quantity. I feel there are common concerns about such issues across BC and Canada.
Great day at the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (@iscmv) Fall Forum today in Maple Ridge. I’ve been active on the ISCMV board for a few years.
Interesting speakers, and several educational tours. I chose to visit ARMS, the Alouette River Management Society (@AlouetteRiverMS) to see their hatchery and education center. Got to see a chum salmon dissection, and learn about coexisting with black bears and cougars.
It was a very soggy BC/World Rivers Day at the Burnaby Village Museum today. Thanks to all the volunteers!
Our Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society booth
Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers with Rivers Day founder Mark Angelo
Great chatting with Dannie, the Co-Existing with Coyotes Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society, who was in the booth next to ours.
Entertainment rain or shine!
Burnaby Councillor Joe Keithley on the left, Svend Robinson (former Canadian MP, running again in the upcoming election) to the right, and environmentalist, photographer, and First Nations educator John Preissl in the middle.
Sav Dhaliwal City of Burnaby councilor and chair of Metro Vancouver
Burnaby Mayor Michael Hurley
BC and World Rivers Day founder Mark Angelo
American Kestrel that cannot be released back into the wild due to effects of injuries
Barred Owl that cannot be released back into the wild due to effects of injuries
Byrne Creek walk in SE Burnaby, BC, earlier today. Lots of fungi and some Cats. . . No, not those cats, Cats. . .
Bank hardening in progress as the City’s risk management folks insist there is risk to, um, something, around here, even though this is deep in the ravine and there are no buildings around.
My presentation at the Metrotown Burnaby Public Library this evening on the history of Burnaby watersheds and what streamkeepers do. Fourteen people, not bad. . . Yumi took the photos.
The BPL poster for the event. Thanks for inviting me!
SEHAB site visit to see the repairs being done to the damaged Bonaparte Fishway in the BC interior.
Quite the project in a difficult area to access and work in! The fishway enables passage for fish to about 120 kilometers of river upstream of these rapids.
SEHAB is the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. These volunteers meet three times a year to gather comments and advice from stewardship groups across BC and share them with DFO Regional HQ.
These Google Earth images are of the approximate area in BC (near Logan Lake) that I saw in a recent presentation. When you think of the impacts of losing all that forest cover on watersheds and downstream communities. . .
Same area, one shot from 1984 the other 2016.
The presenter was adamant that flooding in interior communities was not mostly due to climate change as some claim, but mostly due to poor forestry practices.
When you take all the trees, there’s no transpiration of precipitation, and nothing to slow down runoff.
Yes we need forestry jobs, but this does not appear to be a good way to save either the environment or the economy.
SEHAB site visit to Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown) today. Thanks to Dave Smith and others for meeting us there and doing a walkabout.
SEHAB is the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to Fisheries and Oceans. These volunteers meet three times a year to gather comments and advice from stewardship groups across BC and share them with DFO Regional HQ.