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June 2015: Replacing the Old Culvert at Bob’s Pond

June 2015: Replacing the Old Culvert at Bob’s Pond

The old culvert running under the road and joining Bob’s Pond to the spawning channels has been a source of frustration over the past few years. Beavers have plugged the small circumference with rocks causing the pond to overflow and wash out the road. NCES attempts to foil the Beavers, including a cage made of rebar have produced only temporary set-backs for our single minded furry friends. In June, the road was excavated and the old culvert removed and replaced with a much larger one. This will greatly improve the flow of water between the pond and spawning channels making it easier for fish to pass through and obstruction more difficult.

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An historical point of interest to this story: The Nile Creek provided drinking water to the community of Qualicum Bay until the mid 1990’s. The water flowed through AC pipes beneath the road from the intake  to the now decommissioned pump house at the end of Charlton Drive. A take-off from this pipe provides the water to the hatchery. While excavating to replace the culvert, great care had to be taken with the old water main pipe to ensure the continuing water supply to the hatchery. Photos courtesy of Jack Gillen.

Bear Smart

May 2015: Bear Smart

Nile Creek Enhancement Society (NCES) recently teamed up with Bear Smart BC and placed a bear-resistant public waste container at the Nile Creek Fish Hatchery.

Bears are attracted to the area when the fish are spawning, feeding on the salmon and carrying them into the forest, leaving the remaining parts to fertilize the trees and provide food for other species.

The danger to humans is when garbage is left, drawing the bears to areas frequented by local residents like the hatchery and the hiking trails, to prowl through garbage for food waste.

Protect public safety and protect our wildlife, please use only bear-resistant containers for your garbage or dispose of it when you get home.

For more information on “Bear Smart”, you can visit www.bearsmartbc.com or www.facebook.com/bearsmartbc

Thank you for keeping bears wild!

APRIL means Spring Cleaning

APRIL 2015: April means Spring Cleaning

In April, the weather had cleared and it had dried up enough to clean up a large pile of brush and debris that had accumulated near “Bob’s Pond”.  Several NCES volunteers, with the help of Volunteer Fire Fighter Roy Allen, made quick (and safe) work of the job.  Many thanks to Bob Ellis, Jack Gillen, Corley Henry, Gord Lipke and Roy Allen for a job well done! It looks somewhat like boy scouts having a marshmallow roast! Photos courtesy of Jack Gillen.

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Fall 2014 Fish Count

Fall 2014 Fish Count

As of this writing, September 1st, Nile Creek is heavily populated with returning Pink salmon and has been since late July when those early arrivals made their first appearance. In spite of low water levels, new fish continue to arrive and, by all accounts, 2014 will be the year for a record setting return of Pinks.

Campbell River uses swimmers and a fish net to count the returns and have done so for many years. They are reporting an estimated return of 1.5 million Pinks vs. last year’s record return of 1 million fish. Good news for sports and commercial fisherman, and for those who just love fresh and smoked fish.

Continue reading Fall 2014 Fish Count

Nile Creek Giant Fir

December 2014: Giant Fir Falls at Hatchery

POINT OF INTEREST

Many thanks to Ken Traynor for all the fact finding and counting rings on this valley giant. The 53 meter( 175ft) tree came down after several days of heavy rain and wind Dec 2014. It missed the hatchery by approximately 22 meters (75ft).

Tree
Age

Date Events

1

1546

 Seedling sprouts among giants in the creek valley

33

1579

Francis Drake reportedly explores BC Coast on round the world expedition

154

1700

Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami off Vancouver Island

194

1740

Russian trading begins for otter furs on west coast

228

1774

Juan Perez of Spain first puts BC Coast on a European map, pre-contact population estimates 300,000 to 400,000

229

1775

Juan Francisco de Bodega y Quadra begins his explorations of BC Coasts

230

1776

First smallpox epidemic hammers the Island’s first nations

232

1778

Captain Cook explores Nootka Sound

247

1793

Alexander MacKenzie reaches the Pacific over land

246

1792

Vancouver & Bodega y Quadra chart the Georgia Strait

274

1820

Sea Otters virtually extirpated in Vancouver Island waters

281

1827

Fort Langley established on The Fraser River

290

1836

Island First Nations show coal deposits to James Douglas

296

1842

Fort Victoria established

303

1849

Royal Charter Grants Vancouver Island to HBC directing James Douglas to negotiate with VI tribes

310

1856

Adam Horne treks to Alberni via Big Q trail and Horne Lake

325

1871

First cannery established on Fraser River and Indian people banned from fishing commercially

326

1872

Right to vote withdrawn from BC Indians

327

1873

Agent General for BC Gilbert Sproat publishes handbook with map in London titled BC Information for emigrants

330

1876

Qualicum Band Reserve established on Big Qualicum

337

1883

E&N Land grant

350

1896

Road completed Nanaimo to Big Qualicum

368

1914

E&N RR Parksville to Courtney section completed

374

1920

Thompson&Clark logging begins Horne Lake to Deep Bay

380

1926

Bowser School by Nile Creek starts operation

394

1940

Plummer & Sutton sawmill operates on Cochrane Road

400

1946

7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Oceanside

415

1961

Big Q hatchery construction starts

450

1996

Inland Highway opens

456

2002

Nile Creek Hatchery built

468

2014

Storm winds bring down a valley giant

 

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