In an awesome display of visionary thinking, our Canadian federal and British Columbia provincial governments have approved two multi-billion dollar megaprojects in BC that both rely on 19th C technology.
Massive dams and oil pipelines are so, uh, 1880s.
Volunteers with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society are seeing more coho prespawn mortality this season. That’s when coho that return to spawn die before they can do so.
This has been a recurring problem on the creek over the years, and is likely due to polluted road wash that carries contaminants into the water. There are ongoing studies in Washington State that point to a toxic brew of contaminants in stormwater as being lethal to coho, which seem particularly susceptible to it.
We found this coho male today
And this coho female full of eggs a couple of days ago
We get so few coho back to Byrne Creek that we treasure every one, and it’s so sad to see them die without completing their life cycle.
We desperately need to infiltrate water washed off from roads and parking lots into the ground through swales and rain gardens. The ground acts as a natural filter. Yet the Byrne Creek watershed in Burnaby, BC, is seeing more and more ground paved over despite hundreds of hours of professional and public input into Stormwater Management Plans and a recent Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
Note that it is illegal to interfere with spawning salmon. Streamkeepers have training and permission to process dead salmon to collect data on species, size, spawning status, etc. We return the carcasses to the creek after processing as they provide food and nutrients to other fish, animals and the overall ecosystem.
UPDATE (Dec. 7, 2017): More research coming from the US northwest.
Streamkeeper volunteers planted a dozen cedars provided by Burnaby Parks. We placed half a dozen in the Byrne Creek artificial spawning habitat, and half a dozen along the lower ravine trail. Great fun getting cold and wet!
Gotta go to sleep, early shift tomorrow, but hearing what sounds like a few drops outside my window in south #Burnaby makes me happy.
Yes, I’m happy at the chill in the air, and the looming precipitation. Rain means salmon are coming. . .
All ya folks out there sad at the rain and the dark, get thee back outside, and feel, touch, smell the season.
Autumn is glorious, especially here in the lower mainland of BC.
We unrolled the paper tubes we’d set out over the summer, and opened the unit with plastic trays.
Excited to not only “preserve our capital” but notch a “profit” of a dozen cocoons. Our location in a townhouse with only a high balcony on which to set out bee houses is not the best, so we were happy with this year’s results!
Paper tubes rolled from the Burnaby Now proved to be much more attractive than plastic trays.
The supervisor was having trouble seeing the action and was meowking indignantly around our feet, so we eventually let her on the table, where she soon fell asleep .
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
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.
My Value Village find today — a book presented to John Fraser, who was a Canadian federal Minister of the Environment, Fisheries & Oceans Minister, and House Speaker.
And a cool tidbit — he was born in Yokohama, Japan.
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FraserFEST 2017 celebrates our watersheds with a series of river adventures and wild salmon feasts in communities along the Fraser River.