Jane’s Walk Explores New Westminster/Burnaby border trails

I joined a Jane’s Walk today led by Mary Wilson that began in New Westminster BC, and crossed the border into Burnaby to explore the urban trail system. Mary pointed out that while there were great trails in the Edmonds area of Burnaby, there was no connectivity to neighbouring New West. Perhaps this is something that the two municipalities, and particularly NW, could look at.

Mary had come to last month’s Byrne Creek Streamkeeepers Society meeting, since these volunteers help care for the urban creek and ravine park in the area. I tagged along on the walk today, and welcomed the opportunity to chat a bit about urban watersheds, daylighting creeks, the importance to wildlife of natural areas and corridors to connect them, etc.

Thanks Mary!

You can find other New Westminster Jane’s Walks here, and while at this time Burnaby so far appears to lag in variety, there are walks popping up here.

Janes walk edmonds
Looking at the massive, near-50-acre former Safeway distribution lands that will be redeveloped soon. There’s an ambitious plan for a walkable, transit-friendly, mixed-use residential and commercial area.

janes walk connecitivity

Birds at Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey, BC

I spent several hours wandering Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey, BC, this afternoon. It’s one of my favourite places for bird photos in the lower mainland.

northern flicker
Northern Flicker

red-winged blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird?

spotted towhee
Spotted Towhee

spotted towhee
Spotted Towhee

spotted sandpiper
I’m guessing Spotted Sandpiper?

European Starling
European Starling

bald eagle
Bald Eagle

BTW, if I misidentify any birds, give me a shout. I’m always happy to learn.

paul@cipywnyk.com

Mason Bees Spotted on Our Balcony

We put out a box for blue orchard mason bees on our balcony, along with some cocoons, but we hadn’t seen any action. The cocoons were all holed and empty, and we feared predators like wasps had gotten all the bees.

Today I was happy to see a slow-moving, but live, mason bee. Hope to see more as the days go by. We’ve set out lots of flowers on the balcony of various species.

mason bee box

mason bee my thumb

mason bee

flower

flower

flower

flower

flower

Blueberry flower

Birding on Burnaby Mountain, at Burnaby Lake

Master birder George Clulow led a group around Burnaby Mountain today. It was great fun, but the birds were on the sparse side, so he suggested ending the morning at Piper Spit on Burnaby Lake, which proved to have an abundance of feathered friends to observe.

Thanks to the City of Burnaby and its Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Dept. for organizing such tours!

A few photos from today’s rambles:

Burnaby Mountain Playground of the Gods
Kamui Mintara, or, Playground of the Gods

I’ve shot Kamui Mintara many times over many years, yet I think this may be the first for me to approach the totems from behind, move around, and deliberately expose for a silhouette effect.

Yes, they do stand upright. But I like this tilted angle.

Burnaby Mountain trails
Burnaby Mountain picnic tables

Burnaby Mountain

Burnaby Mountain

Burnaby Mountain birding

Burnaby Lake goslings

Burnaby Lake goslings

Burnaby Lake wood duck

Burnaby Lake wood duck

Burnaby Lake sparrow

Burnaby Lake blackbird

Burnaby Lake blackbird
Bold blackbird!

Releasing Chum Fry in Burnaby’s Byrne Creek a Highlight for Volunteers, Kids

We had a sunny, warm day for our chum fry release in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby, BC, this morning. We arranged for a couple of classes of students from Taylor Park Elementary to come down and help with the release. Kids, teachers, parents, and streamkeeper volunteers all had a great time.

Thanks to our DFO Community Advisor Maurice, and technician Scott. They’re been doing this for years, and are always a pleasure to meet, even for an hour or two.

Thanks also to the volunteers at the Bell-Irving Hatchery out at Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge, who put in so many hours collecting eggs in the fall, and raising them through to releasable chum fry and coho smolts. It’s a huge task, and we appreciate your ongoing efforts.

Byrne Creek Burnaby chum fry release

Byrne Creek Burnaby chum fry release

Byrne Creek Burnaby chum fry release

Byrne Creek Burnaby chum fry release

Byrne Creek Burnaby chum fry release

Byrne Creek Burnaby chum fry release

Such releases are truly joyful occasions. The kids love scrambling down from the tank to the creek with baggies full of fish, and even adults succumb to the adventure. Everyone feels good about giving back a little.

Burnaby Foreshore Park Trails, Birds

I spent nearly three hours wandering the trails in Burnaby, BC’s, Fraser Foreshore Park, at the west end estuary/wetland nature area.

Lots of birds, a few people and dogs, some work action on the river, the wooden railway bridge, and even an incinerator.

burnaby fraser foreshore hummingbird
Rufous hummingbird

burnaby foreshore park sparrow
Song sparrow?

burnaby foreshore park thrush
Varied thrush?

burnaby foreshore park northern flicker
Northern flicker

burnaby foreshore park northern flicker
Northern flicker

Burnaby Foreshore Park robin
American robin

burnaby foreshore park tug boom
Balancing homo sapiens sapiens 🙂

burnaby metro vancouver incinerator
Metro Vancouver incinerator

burnaby fraser railway brdige
Railway bridge

railway bridge beams

burnaby foreshor park bee blossome
Busy bee

burnaby foreshore park fungus
Gorgeous fungus

burnaby foreshore park blossoms

burnaby foreshore park trails

burnaby foreshore park

burnaby foreshore park

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