General News · 7th November 2017
Temperatures were freezing. Snow & sleet were falling. Five incredibly intrepid, hard-working youth! What better conditions could one find for streamside planting?
Pick-axes and crowbars helped soften the ground, while five youth transplanted a number of native plants along the riparian area adjoining the recent highways culvert replacement work done at the Whaletown Creek. Conifer seedlings of cedar, spruce, douglas fir & hemlock were dug in on higher ground, while salal, oregon grape, snowberry, ferns, & oceanspray were planted closer to the creek for bank stabilization and important creek cover. Halloween chocolate bars warmed cold fingers. Huge thanks to the hardy planters, Tosh & Asha, Trinity, Makawi & Lily!
How many streamkeepers does it take to count 4 chum in James Creek? Eighteen youth & 10 adults during the monthly nature study days in the Children’s Forest on November 5. It takes a lot of hardy, energetic bushwacking to clamber over blowdown and through dense underbrush along the banks of James Creek. We hope this is the beginning of the chum run in James Creek.
Salmon Update: Many people are asking what is happening with the fall salmon runs. There is a common phenomenon being observed in many of the creeks on Vancouver Island and the adjoining mainland. Water levels in creeks were at a record low throughout the summer and early fall, and still are. There was some decent rainfall in late September and early October, enough to raise the levels for salmon to squeeze in, just. However, there is still relatively little salmon action in the bays & estuaries outside our creeks. The hope is that the fish are holding farther out in deeper water, and staying clear of seals & sea lions, and waiting for the next serious rainfall.