I’m leading a tour of Byrne Creek and talking about the salmon life cycle and volunteer streamkeeper activities on Rivers Day, Sept. 26.
This is a City of Burnaby event and there are a few spots left through the Burnaby Parks and Recreation
We will also be doing an entire watershed tour for new members of our society (and interested veterans : – ) later this fall.
We took in the Mini Matsuri (festival) at Nikkei Place in Burnaby, BC, today. It was scaled down due to Covid, but it was still a lot of fun. Great food, displays, and entertainment.
Let’s move on to the food!
Yumi and I split an Okonomi Japadog, split an order of shrimp takoyaki, had one sweet red bean taiyaki each, and split an order of gyoza.
Don’t think we’ll need to cook any dinner today!
I rambled Fraser Foreshore Park in SE Burnaby, BC, for about two hours this morning. The highlight was hearing the screech of a raptor and looking up to see this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk circling overhead.
Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Steller’s Jay on our Byrne Creek Ravine pre-dinner walk in SE Burnaby, BC.
I always end up kicking myself for not bringing a DSLR as my pocket camera does not do well in falling light. . . But sometimes you just want to get a power walk in, and get sidetracked
An example of my sartorial style — ties not so much
This caught my eye today as I was hanging some shirts in my closet.
A tie with a dry cleaning tag from my years working in Tokyo.
We moved to Canada over 20 years ago!
Spotted this Rufous Hummingbird during my Fraser Foreshore Park ramble in south Burnaby, BC, today.
I came across this beauty at the pond just west of the Byrne Creek outfall in Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby, BC. this morning.
I was at the edge of the pond looking for dragonflies when I caught some motion from the corner of my eye and turned to find the garter snake coming down the slope toward me.
I actually had to back up to get this shot as I had Big Bertha (Tamron 150-600 zoom) on my camera and couldn’t focus that close.
Odd for these very shy, harmless snakes to “approach” you, and then I realized it was just trying to get to the closest cover.
Another garage find today. A couple of my Ukrainian readers from the early ’60s.
The sediment trap on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby was cleaned out today. Thanks to the volunteers who came out to help salvage coho, trout, lamprey, and crayfish!
The trap is cleaned out every two years as it fills with sediment. It’s meant to keep the artificial spawning channel in the habitat from filling up too quickly.
We had a Cooper’s Hawk and a Great Blue Heron come by to supervise for awhile.
Thanks to Aquaterra and City of Burnaby staff for doing the netting and heavy lifting while streamkeeper volunteers ran the bucket brigade.
Yumi and I checked out the
Nikkei Garden Farmer’s Market this morning at the Nikkei National Museum and Culural Centre, just up the hill from our place in south Burnaby, BC.
Yumi got some plants and a bag full of used Japanese novels.
There’s an excellent exhibition in the gallery on women in STEM.
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