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Mammals of the Miami river

Mule Deer

Mountain Lion (cougar)

Bobcat

Striped Skunk

Short-tailed Weasel

American Mink

Northern River Otter

Common Raccoon

Harbor Seal

Black Bear

Coyote

Black Rat

House Mouse

Vole sp.

Common Muskrat

American Beaver

Townsend’s Chipmunk

Eastern Grey Squirrel

Douglas’s Squirrel

Eastern Cottontail

Little Brown Myotis

Coast Mole

Trowbridge’s Shrew

The endanger Pacific Water Shrew is also present in the Miami but seldom seen.

Photo: Douglas Squirrel on Western Red Cedar trunk

Miami River Bird List

Species in Purple nested or brought young to feeder

  • Great Blue Heron

  • Turkey Vulture

  • Green Heron

  • Canada Goose 

  • Wood Duck

  • Green-winged Teal

  • Mallard

  • Blue-winged Teal

  • Cinnamon Teal

  • Northern Shoveler

  • Gadwall

  • American Wigeon

  • Lesser Scaup

  • Bufflehead

  • Hooded Merganser 

  • Common Merganser

  • Bald Eagle

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk

  • Cooper’s Hawk

  • Red-tailed Hawk

  • Merlin

  • Northern Bobwhite 

  • American Coot

  • Spotted Sandpiper

  • Killdeer

  • Greater Yellowlegs

  • Wilson’s Snipe

  • Band-tailed Pigeon

  • Mourning Dove

  • Eurasian Collared-Dove

  • Great Horned Owl

  • Barred Owl

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl

  • Common Nighthawk

  • Black Swift

  • Vaux’s Swift 

  • Rufous Hummingbird 

  • Belted Kingfisher

  • Northern Flicker

  • Pileated Woodpecker

  • Red-breasted Sapsucker

  • Downy Woodpecker

  • Hairy Woodpecker

  • Western Wood-Peewee

  • Willow Flycatcher

  • Warbling Vireo

  • Red-eyed  Vireo 

  • Steller’s Jay 

  • Common Raven 

  • Northwestern Crow 

  • Barn Swallow 

  • Violet-green Swallow

  • Tree Swallow

  • 103 species and counting

  • Black-capped Chickadee 

  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee

  • American Dipper

  • Bushtit 

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch

  • Brown Creeper

  • Pacific Wren

  • Bewick’s Wren

  • American Robin 

  • Varied Thrush

  • Townsend’s Solitaire

  • Swainson’s Thrush 

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet

  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  • European Starling 

  • Orange-crowned Warbler

  • Nashville Warbler

  • Yellow Warbler

  • Townsend’s Warbler

  • Black-throated Gray warbler

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

  • American Redstart

  • MacGillivray’s Warbler

  • Wilson’s Warbler

  • Western Tanager

  • Black-headed Grosbeak 

  • Spotted Towhee

  • American Tree Sparrow

  • Chipping Sparrow

  • Savannah Sparrow

  • Fox Sparrow

  • Song Sparrow 

  • Lincoln’s Sparrow

  • White-throated Sparrow

  • Golden-crowned Sparrow

  • White-crowned Sparrow 

  • Dark-eyed Junco 

  • Red-winged Blackbird 

  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

  • Brewer’s Blackbird 

  • Brown-headed Cowbird

  • Northern Oriole (Bullock’s) 

  • Purple Finch

  • House Finch 

  • Common Redpoll

  • Hoary Redpoll

  • Pine Siskin

  • American Goldfinch

  • Evening Grosbeak

  • House Sparrow

Photo: Hairy Woodpecker

Common Native Plants for Riparian Areas

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2016

CANCELLED Saturday Sept. 24, 2016  Harrison Lake Plaza 10 a.m. to noon.
The Miami River Streamkeepers Society regrets they are unable to host the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup this year due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to be back in 2017.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a grassroots direct action conservation program supported by the Vancouver Aquarium that takes place all across Canada during the month of September. It is a participant-driven event whereby volunteers, such as our group, register to coordinate shoreline clean-up events in their local community. For more information on this national initiative, please visit the program website at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.

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Walk & Weed

MRSS work weekly on the Greenway section of the river. We target specific areas monitoring native plants and removing invasive plants. We meet Mondays (weather permitting/ not holiday Mondays) at 327 Miami River Drive @ 9 AM summer months and 10 AM other months. Tools, Vests and Gloves Provided. Everyone welcome.

Call 604-796-9182 for information. 

 

 

 

Annual Director’s Report MRSS 2015

October 23, 2015
Annual Report
The Miami River Streamkeepers have enjoyed a successful and satisfying year since our last AGM held October 4, 2014. Our Society continues to operate within the framework defined in 2012 when we registered our organization as a non-profit society.

Stewardship of the Miami River and its Riparian Area remains the primary focus of the Society. Weekly “Walk and Weed” activity along the Miami River Greenway allows group members to monitor the progress of shrubs, trees, and aquatics we have planted. Invasive or noxious plants are removed. Problems involving damage to the riparian area or suspected contamination by pollutants are monitored and reported as necessary.

Water Quality Testing is done quarterly at three different sites. When testing at one site showed a lowered Oxygen level, the concern was reported to our DFO (Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans) Community Advisor. He visited our site on June 18th to investigate further. The Oxygenation level returned to normal levels following a drop in the atmospheric temperature.

Public Planting.With funds obtained through successful application for a Pacific Salmon Foundation Program Community Grant our group held a Public Planting event on November 3, 2014. 792 plants were installed in designated areas along the riparian area of the Miami River. This was a collaborative effort and our group had the assistance of the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition Restoration Crew along with members of the public.

Public Education and Involvement is an important focus for our group. To that end we liaised with our local Elementary School in funding a Salmonids in the Classroom Program this year. Funding was provided through the Pacific Salmon Foundation Grant. Our group made several visits to the Grade 2-3 split class to monitor the progress of the project. In May the students and their teacher, with the Streamkeepers in attendance, released 42 Coho salmon fry into the Miami River. This was a very satisfying and successful venture.
 

The Society liaised with a local child care centre to allow interested children to assist us in Storm Drain Re-marking and in delivering educational packages to residences along Miami River Drive. Our group participated in several community events, setting up an educational & information display for visitors & local residents to review. Articles from our group are published regularly in our local newspaper. These provide education and awareness of upcoming events to community residents.

A series of Interpretive Signs were designed by our group members and, in collaboration with the Council of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, these were installed in designated locations along the Miami River Greenway. The signs have greatly enhanced community and visitor awareness of the Miami River, the Riparian Area, and factors important in promoting a healthy bio-diverse environment.

With the assistance of a local resident the MRSS has established a successful web-site which offers information and notification of events to the public.

Once again, our group hosted the local Shoreline Clean-up event at the end of September. We liaised with another community group this year (the Harrison Yacht Club) and had several members of the public attend the event.
A highlight for our group this year was a video of the group’s activities by Shaw TV’s “Go Fraser Valley” production crew. The producer accompanied group members on a “Walk and Weed” activity and interviewed several members. We were able to place links to the video on our new web site so visitors to the site have an opportunity to view it.

A hallmark of our small but dedicated group is our collaboration with numerous agencies and partners. We participate in the Salmon Stronghold Council planning meetings and set up an information booth at the yearly Fraser Valley Eagle & Salmon Festival. We attend the Earth Day educational event at a local church and have our educational booth there. The Invasive Plants Council for Fraser Valley assists us when there are large amounts of invasive plants requiring removal. This is done in conjunction with our local Council & grounds crew for Harrison Hot Springs.

We will be holding our AGM on November 14th, 2015. We look forward to exploring ideas and establishing goals for 2016. We have attracted a few new members to our group and will continue our efforts to interest others in participating.

 

Shaw TV Story

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Shaw TV’s “Go Fraser Valley” did a story on the Miami Streamkeepers Society on May 25, 2015. Thanks Jonathan!

PSF Grant 2014

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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM

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Planting 3rd November 2014

Recipient: Miami River Streamkeepers Society

           Grant Value:  $6532.00
        Project Value:  $29,857.00
               Start Date:  July 2014
                 End Date:  Spring 2015

PROJECT PHOTOS

Objectives Achieved:

  • Riparian Planting And Invasive Plant Removal: 1200 m2 of streamside native shrub planting
  • Install 3-Interpretive Signs: Aquatic Wildlife, Trail Map, Miami River Greenway Project Supporters
  • Promote Community Awareness Of Living Responsibly Near Riparian Areas: Storm drain marking / Door hangers with Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare
  • Salmonids in the Classroom: Harrison Elementary School to raise 50 Coho fry and release in Spring 2015
  • Monitoring: Survival of new native plantings / Quarterly Water Quality Survey
  • Public Participation:  Health & Wellness Fair / Earth  Day/ Know Your Garden / Canada Day Parade / Harrison Lagoon & Foreshore Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup / Public Planting

Supporters:

Pacific Salmon Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Hot Springs Communities in Bloom Committee, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, Miama Place, River Wynd Strata Corporation, Harrison Elementary School, Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare, Friends of the Harrison Forest

Salmonids in the classroom

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P1050501 two Coho ready to be released, HHS BC May 19,2015

Salmon fry released May 19th 2015. Read all about it: http://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/community/304436871

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PSF 8c Salmonid Tank

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School is pleased to announce that our class will be participating in the Project. We have had a lot of support from the local Miami Stream Keepers and are moving forward with the project.
Raising salmon in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are lined to these complex environments.

The project was undertaken by the Grade 2 and 3 students at the end of January 2015 when the fish eggs were delivered. Miami River Streamkeepers received grant money from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help finance the project. Four members of the Miami River Streamkeepers viewed the newly set up operation on Feb 4, 2015 . The Chilling Tank is kept at a constant temperature and is covered with an insulated wrap to keep the light out. The children test each day to make sure the temperature is between 5 & 10 C. The students also check th ATU (Accumulated Thermal Units) by adding each day’s temperature to the previous day’s total temperature. The second time the streamkeepers went for the viewing was Mar 2,2015. The eggs had not hatched yet but Mrs Emsley said she comes in even on weekends to check the temperature and the progress. There is information about fish up on the walls and everyone is very enthusiastic about the whole process of the fish cycle. We just noticed on the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School site that six of the eggs have hatched and are now in the alevin form.

 

Manual – Salmonids in the Classroom

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Salmon Eggs – Information

Northwestern Salamander

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Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Salamander

The Northwestern Salamander is a stout, 5 1/2 to 8-inch long uniform dark brown to black, amphibian (cold-blooded animal that start life in water & later transform to a terrestrial form) with a oval tail flattened towards the end. It has strong , well-developed legs and prominent parotoid (swollen area behind eye). Salamanders are voiceless.

It is found mainly in south-western BC. Eggs are laid in February to May in jelly-like masses about the size of a elongated grapefruit. The larvae hatch in about a month and stay in the water about a year. Some metamorphose (change into adult form) in the second summer but others remain in the larval stage indefinitely (neoteny) and breed without gaining adult form.

In the aquatic form they eat voraciously preying on all other living things small enough to swallow. On land look for them under leave litter.