Animals of Bowker Creekby OB11
In this playlist I will be exploring possible ways to clean up Bowker Creek, and ways to bring native animals back to Bowker Creek.
How can we help Bowker Creek? Well, a start for this would be to educate yourself and learn more about th creek's ecosystem and what we can do to help. Bowker Creek is a possible home for amazing animals, these animals (such as the Coho salmon) used to live here. And they can live here again if we just clean up the creek and create a safe environment for new species.
Bowker Creek is currently under a 100 year restoration plan to return it to its former glory. And while this plan is well underway we still have a constant problem of pollutants. Such as illegal dumping, unfiltered storm water, and chemicals that roll in from off our roads.
Mallard Ducks are plentiful in Bowker creek, perhaps this is because Mallard ducks can live anywhere between 5-10 years. Mallard Ducks usually feed on insects, worms, small aquatic beings, and water plants.
Flatworms are small aquatic worms that inhabit Bowker creek. They usually feed on small bacteria, and are generally eaten by small aquatic species
This fish is semi-common in the Bowker creek area most measure from 4-6 cm. During the spawning season, males develop a metallic silver sheen and a bright orange or red colour on the front part of the underside.
Great horned owls are native to bowker’s creeks area. Although seeing more of them in the area would be ideal. These owls are fierce predators that can take large prey, including raptors such as Ospreys.
Racoons are becoming more common in Bowker Creek than ever before because of their high tolerance to pollution which is killing off the racoons predators allowing them to become more common in the Bowker creeks watershed.
Coho Salmon may also be known as the silver fish of salmon. Coho Salmon were dubbed an endangered species in 2002.
From Flatworms to Mallard ducks to three-spined sticklebacks, Bowker Creek houses many species! But Bowker creek is still under pollution from road run-off, illegal dumping and more. This stops more sensitive-to-pollution species from living in Bowker creeks ecosystem.