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Saturday, May 22, 2004

I took a break from being cooped up in the house this evening. I headed over to Burnaby Lake to see the animals. There were quite a few people there this time. I didn't get there until about 7:00pm, just before sunset, so I was surprised by the amount of people. With all the new babies around, it's a very popular spot.

Several of the older babies are getting big now, particularly the goslings. The last time I was there (about 2 weeks ago) they were the size of pigeons, now they are about the size of chickens.

Some of the Canada geese are still having new batches, and I saw a momma goose still sitting on the same nest she was on two weeks ago. I didn't get to see if they'd hatched yet though, because she didn't get up from the nest. Daddy goose was standing on guard a few feet from her. He let me crouch beside him to get a good look at his nesting mate.

While I was there I saw something moving in the reeds nearby. I got up and looked and I discovered a beaver! The beaver was pulling some small branches out to take to the beaver dam across the lake. Now unfortunately there were some stupid people (I know, you probably haven't seen me angry on here before, but I gotta tell you, I was angry!) who were at the other end of the dock fishing. I don't know why they were fishing there, because I'm pretty certain there is no fishing allowed in a wildlife sanctuary, but there were 3 or four of these guys fishing, and smoking cigarettes. The beaver was swimming right towards their fishing lines and just as I feared, the beaver got snagged in the lines. Idiots! I was so angry! I started to head towards them to yell at them, when the beaver managed to break free. The beaver lost his mouthful of branches though, and he didn't come back for them.

Frankly, it wasn't the first time I've seen people doing really stupid things there, in fact every time I go there I see at least one person behaving carelessly. I just don't like to bring these things up here, because I want to keep "Life as Mark sees it" a positive place to visit. But on the other hand, it wouldn't be fair to lead you to believe that nothing bad ever happens here.

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