Archives for September 2015

The Motley Crew!

Just wanted to share with everybody a rare ‘wild life‘ sighting at Noons Creek recently.

The photo shows most of the male ‘motley crew’ of the Port Moody Ecological Society standing on the footbridge at the mouth of the creek checking for adult spawners returning.

These gentlemen, and I use the term very loosely  🙂  are at the hatchery, in varying combinations, every day of the week.

Both Dave (green shirt) and Eric’s (far left of picture) volunteer contribution to the Port Moody Ecological Society totals around 50 years – they are the ‘Illuminati‘ of the hatchery – all seeing and able to shed light on anything!

Kuldip (grey beard) has been volunteering for a few years and is a great help to the Society – he was instrumental in the building of Bennies Trail!

Doug (blue jacket) has also been around a couple of years – and has been a mainstay of daily hatchery operational aspects when his work commitments permit.

The guy on the far right (without a cap) has been around about 5 years in different capacities and for some inexplicable reason, thought it a good idea to stand for President in 2015….we’ll see how that turns out!  🙂

The only one missing from the picture is our newest (and youngest) Board member, Bryan – and I’m sure we’ll get a shot of him sometime soon too!  A hydrologist by profession, he is very keen to get involved in the local community and will add much value to our society.  His work involves significant travel but he gets to the hatchery as often as he can.

We love EVERYONE of our volunteers – and many have contributed much to our cherished and community spirited organisation.  To all those who aren’t in this picture, we salute you!!!!

Come down and say ‘Hi’ to the rest of the team when you have a chance – we’d love to see you!!


From left to right in the photo below: Eric, Doug, Kuldip, Dave, Brian.

Photo credit goes to a new young volunteer from France, Aude Bertoncello, who is here with her boyfriend until December!

The Noons Creek 'Male Motley Crew'! From left to right: Eric Olsen, Doug Calder, Kuldip Manhas, Dave Bennie, Brian Wormald.

The Noons Creek ‘Male Motley Crew’! From left to right: Eric, Doug, Kuldip, Dave, Brian. (Photo credit: Aude Bertoncello)


Community? YES!

Sometimes we get a little busy………..well, most of the time.   🙂

Here are some of the things we have coming up in the next little while in 2015!

  • Sept 12 – Shoreline Cleanup
  • Sept 13 – Salmon in the Canyon Festival
  • Sept 19 – TreeFest at Riverview
  • Sept 25/26 – Burrard Inlet Fish Fest
  • Sept 27 – Invasive Pull and pancake breakfast at Hatchery
  • Sept 27 – World Rivers Day (many events!)
  • Oct 1/2 – School displays at Burns Bog
  • Oct 4 – Ioco Days Festival
  • Oct 17 – Halloween Photos at Hatchery (in conjunction with Arts Centre)
  • Oct 19/20/21/22 – North American Invasive Species Management Conference
  • Oct 25 – Salmon Come Home Festival at Hoy Creek

………….and some we have yet to schedule  🙂

And then there’s actually managing the hatchery!  This is the start of our busiest period – with the fish coming back, egg-takes and fish husbandry.


 Come join us and have some fun!!

Check out what we do and consider becoming a member!!

Pinks confirmed!

Pair of fish in a pool in Noons Creek.

Pair of fish in a pool in Noons Creek.

Updates to our fish returns are published below – scroll down for more recent posts!


We’ve had some early fish returns at Noons Creek for 2015!

Fish were spotted as early as September 1st at the mouth of the creek – and today they are milling around the rearing pond outflow before they head further up the creek.

Species are yet to be fully confirmed but all indications are that they are Coho………although some have looked a little ‘Chummy’  🙂

BUT………….some further evidence has indicated that there may some Pink Salmon in the mix also!  This would be the first for Noons Creek for quite some time – apparently they were common in the creek many decades ago but long disappeared.  This is the type of news that makes us as volunteers feel very proud – justifying the effort that our passion and commitment drives us to do!

Short video from this morning:!36256&authkey=!AK9mjfJab1YBAlE&ithint=video%2cmp4

Stay tuned as we post more info!!


Update – 2015/09/03

Pinks have been confirmed in Noons……………..we had a pair spawning this morning in one of our ‘re-contoured’ side channels (photo below).

Pair of Pink Salmon preparing to spawn in one of the Noons Creek Hatchery side-channels on 2015-09-03.

Pair of Pink Salmon preparing to spawn in one of the Noons Creek Hatchery side-channels on 2015-09-03.


More ‘fish pics’ plus some general photos around the mouth of Noons Creek where it enters Burrard Inlet: