Vancouver urban BioKit: water

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Water supports biodiversity. How convenient since Vancouver is surrounded by it!

Off to school!

Can you match up these pictures of Pacific salmon with their descriptions below? Check out the colour, dorsal fin and tail, among other features.

Pictures of Salmons to match withe descriptions. Photo: © Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Picture of salmon to match with the descriptions. Photo: © Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • 1) Chinook (light-silver body / blue-green spotted back / silver spotted tail / largest of the Pacific salmon)
  • 2) Coho (bright silver body / few spots on top of back / blue dorsal surface / wide silver tail)
  • 3) Sockeye (silver-blue streamlined body / silver-blue back / silver tail / prominent, glassy eyes)
  • 4) Pink (yellowish grey body / brown, olive green humpback / large oval spots on tail / tiny scales / smallest of the Pacific salmon)
  • 5) Chum (silver body with faint grid-like bars / silver tail, narrow at base / white tip on anal fin)

Grab your fishing poles!

Each summer, on Father's Day weekend, you have a unique opportunity to fish without a licence.

Relics of History

This map shows the streams (in red) that once ran through Vancouver. How close do you live to a former stream?

Map of Vancouver's lost streams. Map: © City of Vancouver

Most of these small streams have been filled in or were redirected during the urbanization of Vancouver. Recent stewardship efforts by the Musqueam Ecosystem Conservation Society, Musqueam First Nation, Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Metro Vancouver have restored Musqueam Creek, one of the last three remaining wild salmon-bearing streams in Vancouver. Stewardship groups are also working collaboratively to restore Pacific salmon populations in Spanish Banks Creek in Pacific Spirit Regional Park and Beaver Creek in Stanley Park. You can help keep our waterways clean by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Did you know ...

Wetlands are disappearing rapidly (PDF; 870 KB) as a result of urban and industrial development, invasive species and climate change. Over 84% of bog habitat has been lost in the Fraser River Delta, as has approximately 60% of marsh habitat along estuaries in the Strait of Georgia.

Answer key

1D, 2E, 3A, 4C, 5B

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