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.
I’ve been an alternate and full board member of the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for some nine years now.
We meet three times year, and board members collect and share information from stewardship groups from across British Columbia. We have expert speakers in, and tour local habitat restoration sites, dams, fish ladders, etc.
We distill all that information, positive and negative, and report to senior DFO management at Pacific Regional HQ.
Here are a few shots from our latest meeting in Kamloops, BC:
BC Hydro approached Byrne Creek Streamkeepers to get a creek orientation.
Folks were so enthusiastic about exploring the creek and ravine today that a 15-minute site meeting turned into a two-hour ramble!
Hydro staff are planning a watershed display and activities during the Rivers Day week in September, and BCSS volunteers will set up our booth and information display at the Hydro building, and perhaps lead a creek tour or two.
We came across this huge banana slug:
So I thought I’d go photo hunting for birds and insects down at the Fraser Foreshore Park ponds in south Burnaby just west of Byrne Creek.
This is the first pond west of the outfall of Byrne Creek into the Fraser. Ran into this dyke construction. Thought I’d better go home and start building an Ark. . .
More info in this Burnaby Now story.
We checked out the Burrard Inlet Fish Fest in Port Moody and then walked to Noon’s Creek Hatchery and back.
Fry in Noon’s Creek
Salmon at Work!
Lots of killdeer on the mud flats
Barn Swallow action
I’ll be doing a presentation on the history and development of Burnaby watersheds, and talking about what volunteer streamkeepers do, at the Metrotown Public Library branch in #Burnaby, BC, on Sept. 19 at 7:00pm.
You can register at the link below: