Chum Fry Release in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby

DFO,  Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers, City of Burnaby staff,  and teachers, kids and parents from Stride Elementary released chum fry in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby this morning. What a lovely day for this uplifting event!

Thanks to volunteers at the Bell-Irving Hatchery at Kanaka Creek who raised these wee fish.

It’s interesting how tentative many of these kids are in a natural environment, and how quickly and joyfully they adapt to it.

byrne creek chum fry release

Discover Deer Lake Park with Henry DeJong

It was a gorgeous day for a two-hour tour of Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, led by Henry DeJong, retired from Burnaby Parks. Lots of history, and plant and animal knowledge.

Deer Lake Park flora fauna


Douglas Squirrel

Saw lots of egg masses today

Another egg mass

Little frog

Big frog


Heron adding to its nest at the Deer Lake colony

Invasive Red-Eared Sliders

Dive! Dive! I think it was a Scaup : -)

Cormorant Fishing Near Science World in Vancouver

I went to downtown Vancouver late this afternoon, a couple of hours ahead of the start of Coastal Connections, the gathering of students, faculty, consultants, and stewards in the fishy business.

Those hours proved productive as I got lots of shots of this Double-Crested Cormorant doing some successful fishing near Science World.

I guesstimate that it got a fish about once every three dives. Now if I could catch a fish once every three casts. . . 

UPDATE 4/19: Pelagic Cormorant?

double crested cormorant vancouver

Down the hatch!

Reifel Birding Bonanza

We had a wonderful three-hour ramble round the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary today.

Sandhill Crane

House Sparrow? (I still have trouble with LBBs – – little brown birds : – )



Wood Duck female

Wood Duck male

Red-Winged Blackbird

Checking out the view from Yumi’s head

Brown-Headed Cowbirds



Downy Woodpecker

Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Great Blue Heron






Pintail synchro

Ring-Necked Duck

Rufous Hummingbird

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