Archives for October 2015

Chum….finally

Well folks………….what little rain we have been getting over the last day or so has obviously been an enticement to the Chum that have been milling around Burrard Inlet for some time.  Yes, we had some a few weeks ago when we got that absolute (but short) downpour, but finally they seem to be coming back in some numbers.  We still need a lot more rain however – as you’ll see exampled below, most fish are struggling with the low flows so far in the creek.

But if this rain keeps up – and it’s supposed to for the next 5 days or so – then we hopefully will have a creek full of fish by the end of the Halloween weekend!  Let’s hope the ghouls don’t scare them away!!!!  🙂

It had gotten so bad that when Dave had a school class the other day, he had to resort to using a very dilapidated and smelly carcass found in the creek to show the kids (first photo below). It had seen better days and obviously been a variety of critters meals for the few days days prior.  The kids really appreciated Dave taking the trouble to find one – but that interest waned significantly once the ‘aroma’ of decaying flesh filled their nostrils!!!!!    Dave himself was even struggling to deal with the smell……………………………

As with the Pink Salmon that came in a few months ago, the Chum have definitely take a liking to the ‘refurbished’ side-channel.  I would like to thank Eric, Doug and the rest of our amazing volunteer crew that undertook this work in the Summer season to make a ‘renovated’ home for our anadromous visitors!

Our elusive Coho population is still to show up in anything but the odd one or two………………….but again, the rain over the next few days should bring them streaming in – fingers crossed!

Here’s some photos below – and a couple of video links –  from the last few days………..enjoy!!!!

1) Chum in Noons Creek mainstem

2) Chum navigating entrance to side-channel

Photo credits go to P.M.E.S. volunteers : Aude Bertoncello and Brian Wormald

 

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Salmon Come Home

Fantastic, fun day at the Hoy / Scott Creek ‘Salmon Come Home’ Festival today!!! Lots of exhibitors (including P.M.E.S.) and activities for all.

Our friends from DFO (Scott & Maurice), Maple Creek Streamkeepers, Hyde Creek Watershed Society, Friends of DeBoville Slough, Burke Mountain Naturalists – plus Jay Peachy and his awesome coffee and singers, were all there to make it a super fun day.

Sadly though, fish were not exactly plentiful…………there were a few spawned out and dead Chum up and down the creek, but with the unseasonal absence of rain we’ve been having, wholesale access to the creeks has been lacking for these magnificent creatures. But with some forecast for later this week, lets help it along a little by keeping your fingers crossed!!!!!

Thanks Rodney (Hoy / Scott) and Caresse Selk (City of Coquitlam) for organising yet another great day!!

Here’s some photos from today………….enjoy!!!!

Photo credits go to P.M.E.S. volunteer Brian Wormald

 

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More visitors

Nothing too startling here but some great nature observations nonetheless.

Coyotes, eagles and a fantastic geese shot……………………..check ’em out below!

Photo credits go to P.M.E.S. volunteer Aude Bertoncello

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Just chillin’ in the grass…………

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What you lookin’ at?

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A young bald eagle scouting the inlet for a snack.

Canada Gooses Fly

An extremely well timed shot of some geese taking flight near the mouth of Noons Creek

 

More fish!

It seems the small run of Pink Salmon has run it’s course in Noons……..we haven’t seen any for over a week now.  BUT – our regulars are starting to show up…..Coho and Chum Salmon have now been spotted both at the mouth of the creek and further up.

A male / female pair of Chum were spotted spawning on October 13 near the footbridge over the creek leading to the Rec Centre……….see the video link below.  The next day they were gone.

We have also had some Coho enter our hatchery side-channel.  These were netted on October 13 from the flume under the trail outside the hatchery and placed in our broodstock tanks awaiting their ‘ripening’ before we harvest their eggs and milt (sperm).

Check out the photos and video link below………………

Photo and video credit goes to P.M.E.S. member Aude Bertoncello

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Female Chum digging her red near the footbridge to the Rec Centre. Male is slightly to the left of her.

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Closer look at the Male and Female Chum in Noons.

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Bright and shiny Coho extracted from the flume outside the hatchery on 10/13.

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Another Chum from the flume.

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The usual suspects extracting Coho from the flume. Scott Ducharme (DFO) is wielding the dip-net!

Video: 2015-10-14 Chum Salmon 5

 

Rotary R.I.P.S.

Port Moody Rotary club partnered with the City of Port Moody and P.M.E.S. on Saturday 3rd October to hold an invasive plant removal working-bee on the Inlet Park path leading from the Hatchery.

Great day, with over 20 amazing volunteers putting their heart, soul (and backs!) into it for around 4 hours, resulting in an amazing amount of Ivy being removed – and a significant amount of pizza being devoured after the event!!

Huge thanks to Cleone Todgham (Rotary), Anur Mehdic and Margot Davis (City PoMo) and Dave Bennie (PMES) for organising and coordinating efforts for this very successful day.

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