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Beaver Dam Removal

Word reached Morrison Creek headquarters on Friday that the evil warlord Castor (nicknamed Bucky the Beaver) had taken hostile action in Nelly Creek. This encroachement took the form of totally damming a main culvert, choking it off completely and thereby blocking the legitimate aspirations of the Pink Salmon people for…
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Lamprey Study

One of the little and elusive Morrison Creek Lamprey. For us old folks 17 cm equals about 7 in. Photo by K Inman Dr Dick Beamish and his team were studying the Morrison Creek Lamprey, otherwise known as Lampetra richarsoni var. marifuga (just marifuga to its friends), in Morrison Creek…
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Merlins in the Neighbourhood

  Merlin on a wire. Photo by K Clouston I have been trying to get a good picture of these pesky little falcons for months now and finally succeeded.  Several months ago I saw one or two, sometimes three sitting at the very top of one of the large fir…
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Nest Box Workshop

Builders hard at work creating nest boxes. Photo by Ian Moul Since the vegetation damaged by the salmon enhancement work we did two years ago has still not completely recovered we decided that our activities this year would be easier on the instream residents of Morrison Creek.  As mentioned in a…
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Salmon Enhancement Video

Video conversation between Jim Palmer and Hans Peter Meyer about the health of Morrison Creek. Good information about the impact of development on salmon enhancement concerns in the Comox Valley. The points raised about the importance of the creek's being able to expand during high water times to reduce stream…
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Earth Day Antics

Kathryn Clouston with the display and the example nest boxes at Earth Day 2011. Photo by Jim Palmer In order for salmon enhancement work to be effective the entire ecosystem needs to be healthy as everything works together to create the conditions necessary for a healthy creek.  To that end,…
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Invasive Replacement Plan

  Our salmon enhancement work this year is following a less obvious path this year as we work on the riparian area instead of instream work.  To begin, a hardy group of volunteers comprised of Jim Palmer, Steve Harvey, Kathryn Clouston, Kayt Chambers and Christine Gross spent several hours in the…
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Invasive Replacement

In common with many 'disturbed' sites, this one has an overabundance of invasive Himalayan Blackberry. Photo by K Clouston We have decided to do some invasive removal and native plant replacement instead of the smolt fence this year to give the fish a break.  Our first activity will be in the city-owned…
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Conservation and Ecotourism Presentation

Thanks to everyone that came out to the presentation and supported us and the Comox Valley Naturalists.  Thanks as well to Maureen from Maple Leaf Adventures  (http://www.mapleleafadventures.com/ ) for providing this fascinating pictorial voyage along the coast and giving us some interesting things to think about such as the fact that…
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Biodiversity in Action

The lack of white on the head indicates this is a juvenile heron and size says it is probably a little girl. Photo by K Clouston I said in my last post that the biodiversity in our watershed amazes me and the pond in Puntledge Park brings that home in…