Majority of British Columbians not prepared for next severe winter storm: BC Hydro
An online survey conducted last month found 60 per cent of respondents "have not taken steps to be more prepared for power outages caused by winter storms."BC Hydro's report cites an online survey conducted last month that found 60 per cent of 800 respondents "have not taken steps to be more prepared for power outages caused by winter storms.
Chum salmon have returned to spawn in Still Creek, a tiny stream that runs through urban Vancouver , British Columbia - under highways, alongside rail lines and through tracts of suburbia. It' s only the second time in at least half a century that spawning salmon have returned to metro
The adult salmon then return primarily to their natal streams to spawn. Atlantic salmon spend between one and four years at sea. Each year , the fish experiences a period of rapid growth, often in summer, and one of slower growth, normally in winter.
Biologists are sounding the alarm over the lack of fish in one of Vancouver's few salmon-bearing streams.
Nestled in an industrial corner of East Vancouver, Still Creek is one of a handful of places in the city where salmon come to spawn.
After 80 dormant years, the salmon returned in 2012 following a city restoration of the creek. Hundreds of chum salmon have been through since then.
But biologist and volunteer stream keeper David Scott says there haven't been any salmon in three years.
"We're kind of frustrated," Scott said. "In all of the local creeks the chum salmon returns have been really poor."
Scott says all the local creeks in Burnaby have had reduced numbers of chum salmon this year.
World's largest eagle migration happens in Canada, and it's stunning
Migrating bald eagles might be facing new challenges this year.Scientist David Hancock has counted more than 7,000 bald eagles in one day in the area. The eagles migrate into the area when the ice freezes in the Arctic, attracted to the river due to its abundance of salmon.
Pacific Angler Fishing Charters has access to Vancouver salmon 365 days a year , including all 5 wild Pacific salmon species available in the Pacific Ocean. So you can see that July and August truly are active and diverse months to be fishing for salmon in Vancouver .
On July 7, a major salmon stream on the west side of the Cook Inlet registered 81.7 degrees. "Physiologically, the fish can't get oxygen moving through their bellies," Mauger said. In other places in the state, the salmon "didn't have the energy to spawn and died with healthy eggs in their bellies."
Jason Hwang, vice president of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, says many salmon runs across the province have struggled in recent years.
"Those lower returns just mean there are fewer fish that come back and get to these small streams," Hwang said.
Some experts say the biggest culprit affecting the runs is changing ocean conditions due to climate change, but they also say there are several other challenges.
Scott says one of them is that city-led habitat enhancements have stalled since the salmon started returning.
Vancouver city officials say they're working on a rainwater strategy that could potentially reduce the amount of waste flowing into the creek, but Scott says time is of the essence.
Despite the setback, Scott thinks the salmon could bounce back with a bit of effort — which has happened before.
First Nations Leadership Council calls for immediate state of emergency over Big Bar landslide .
First Nations leaders want all obstructions remaining from the landslide to be removed within the next 60 days.The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is demanding all levels of government declare a state of emergency as communities fear devastating consequences following the Big Bar landslide into the Fraser River north of Lilooet, B.C.