All posts by Rod Burns

Rod Burns has lived and travelled across Canada, from Yukon, Newfoundland to coastal B.C. In the past 35 years, work in British Columbia has included being a high school teacher, co-owner operator of C to C Tours, Victoria and 22 years co-owner of Bold Point Farmstay, Quadra Island. Major accomplishments include: a) bicycling solo across Canada, b) being the photographer – curator of Roadside Heart, a documentation of murals across Canada, c) Education Supervisor / Chief Interpreter at Salmonier Nature Park, Newfoundland

Fish and Watersheds

In recent weeks, Hyacinthe Creek – one of a handful of  salmon bearing streams on Quadra Island – has experienced a few salmon swimming up its waters. Their arrival has not been an easy journey!

Life for all adult salmon, for millennia, has been a series of survival challenges. Depending upon the species, life cycles range from 2 years (Pinks) to 7 years (Chinook). For new born salmon referred to as fry, making it from their Coastal and or Interior BC birth streams to salt water can require many weeks to months of learning what to eat, while being swept over waterfalls to then crash through rapids for many more kilometers downstream. 

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Down a Road and Back

In early September 2021, for many reasons, I drove 4 hours to Fairy Creek, now the location of Canada’s largest public demonstration and protest. As of this writing, in  excess of 950 “Forest Defenders” have been arrested. They are peacefully protesting, focused on ending any further clear cut logging of the remaining 3% of ancient forests in British Columbia.   Another reason for the trip: as a hobby geologist I wanted to explore streams and shorelines, trying to understand earthquakes and plate tectonics which have impacted Vancouver Island.

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It Feels MUCH Hotter

Cortes Currents exclusive

Many years ago I watched a documentary covering different aspects about life in the high Arctic. Minutes were spent explaining how the arctic tundra was able to have such an explosion of blossoms from ground covering plants. The ground temperature was able to go much higher than in the open air, about 45 cm above.

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Alkaline Batteries test and recharge

Twice a year, for valid safety reasons, many households change the 9Volt alkaline batteries in their fire alarms. What do they do with the now used batteries be they A3,A2, C, D or 9V? On average, 40% that is 4 in 10 alkaline batteries which are thrown in the garbage are at 75% – 100% power remaining.

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