South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

The bunnies of Quibble Creek

Bunny in the grass 

Purists will point out the correct name is Quible, with one 'b', after the family that homesteaded in this area. Poo-poo I say, Quibble with two 'b's is far more descriptive!

However, the area we're looking at isn't even on the creek, it's a little above, between 100th Avenue and Fraser Highway, on the Quibble Creek Greenway. The greenway, in this section, runs under the BC Hydro right-of-way and is bordered by a thick hedge of blackberry brambles.

Those horrible invasive thorny plants are key for what must be a healthy population of rabbits in this section.

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Last salmon up the Serpentine

Last ones up

Salmon swims up the Serpentine River

 

It's an impressive sight, especially when the water is barely ankle deep.

Salmon, some of them close to two feet long, swim up the Serpentine, waaaay up to the top of the marsh where the river starts. Here, in Tynehead Regional Park the river starts as a series of creeks. There's a hatchery at the southern end of the park, and maybe that was the birthplace of these specimens.

Normally they're finished about the middle of November. And by finished I mean dead.

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Big ol' stump has heritage status

Hidden gems

A 500-year-old red cedar stump on Queen Mary Blvd is a reminder of the original forest

 

Eventually they will all rot away.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of old stumps left over from the original forest that covered this area. Most are in parks, but one is right on the edge of the road, in the middle of a suburban development.

This big ol' red cedar stump has heritage status. Located at 8920 Queen Mary Blvd, the stump is on a small piece of park land. It's fenced in next to the neighbouring house, so you can't walk around it or (horrors!) try climbing it, but there's a panel showing a brief history of logging in Surrey.

The stump is right on the road, drawing attention from anyone passing by

 

The stump is protected by by-law (No. 8131 (http://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/8131-B219.pdf), and is also on the Canadian Register of Historic Places (http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=2592&pid=0). Here's the City's webpage: (http://www.surrey.ca/community/3269.aspx).

The tree was probably about 500 years old when cut down in the early 1900s. It's size is impressive, and the cuts in the sides for the springboards are still visible.

 Once the heart of the forest, now the heart of suburbia. 'X' marks where the stump is

 

Green Timbers in the snow

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Green Timbers Lake with snow

 

Before we forget there was ever snow on the ground, here are a few shots from a walk in the Green Timbers Urban Forest in February, 2014, just after a surprising late winter dump of snow.

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Introduction

Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

This site is experimental. See About (top right) for more, or Blog for meta-information. The working goal is to create an almanac of items, tidbits of information and methods of gathering information.

Right now the site is biased to just south of the Fraser River, within the northern reaches of great City of Surrey, but there is some foraging further afield.

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