Last week we planted 4250 trees at various sites along the Kagawong River, Blue Jay Creek, Mindemoya River and Norton’s Creek. So nice to go back to some of our sites and see the trees really starting to take off. All trees were bare root stock from Aquatic Wildlife Services and a Big Thank You to LaCloche Ecological Services for the donated trees! Also saw some beautiful rainbow trout in the Mindemoya River and Blue Jay Creek!
We had a great weekend in Kagawong at the Green Living Event. We completed a shoreline cleanup and sorted and recycled all the garbage, cleaned up the community gardens, learned about the upcoming BioBlitz that is being conducted in Misery Bay on May 30, 2015 and I was able to show community members what we have planned in regards to stream restoration projects in Kagawong this summer.
OFAH Zone D meeting starting at 10:00-3:00pm at the Sheguiandah Community Hall May 9, 2015 followed by a stream tour on Bass Lake Creek. Please Contact Seija Deschenes (705) 859-1653 so that we can make arrangements for the number of people attending.
The Assiginack Public School STAR (Students As Researchers) program invited us to the school to be part of their Options/Career Day to showcase to students what types of jobs are involved with stream restoration and to get them excited about possible career options.
Sue Meert talked them about becoming fisheries and invasive species biologists, the need for engineers, surveyors, construction workers and environmental technicians to conduct stream assessments. Nathan showed them our new GIS stream application that he is working on and how GIS is all around us and how it can be applied. One student loved the GIS application so much that he said ” This is exactly what I want to do when I get older!”
A BIG thank you to the Little Current Fish and Game Club for the wonderful wild game dinner last night and the $500 donation to Manitoulin Streams. Looking forward to working with your group again this year giving the spring educational tours with the Grade 4 school groups in the next couple of weeks!
Manitoulin Streams was one of the recipients of the 2013 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence. We were very excited to receive this award and we would like to thank all the landowners, volunteers and partner funding that continue to help restore the degraded stream habitat on Manitoulin Island. Here are some pictures that were taken on our trip down to the Legislative Building to accept the award.
Another great year for the Eyed Brook trout event! Over 60 volunteers came out including Assiginack and Lakeview Public School, members of Manitoulin Streams, the Lake Manitou Area Association, Little Current Fish and Game Club and local volunteers. 10,000 eyed brook trout eggs were put into Scotty boxes by the volunteers and then placed into Norton’s Creek.
Thank you to everyone that came out to help and for the wonderful chili, snacks and cookies provided by Leslie Fields, Sue Moggy and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. A special thank you goes out to the Hutton Family who have supported this project from the beginning and have allowed us to use their garage as a staging area to hold this wonderful grass roots event. Over the years 40,000 eyed brook trout eggs have been stocked into Norton’s Creek in order to restore this once historical brook trout creek.
Recent electrofishing studies by College Boreal have shown that brook trout are once again surviving in this restored stream due to these community efforts. Thank you also to the MNRF Hills Lake Hatchery in Englehart for the supplying the brook trout eggs over the years.
Millions of bargain hunters hit the stores and online retailers to find the best bang for their holiday bucks during the annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. Today is Giving Tuesday where you have the choice to give back in the form of a generous donation to a charity of your choice.
Manitoulin Streams is a charitable organization and can provide charitable receipts to those that give a donation over $25. Donations received by Manitoulin Streams allows us to leverage funding from other sources to continue our restoration efforts. Donations go toward the continued stream restoration efforts and will help purchase items such as native trees and shrubs for riparian restoration, fencing and nose pumps to restrict livestock from our waterways, in-stream habitat such as boulders, spawning gravel, and roots wads to improve our aquatic ecosystems and fisheries and our continued efforts to provide educational opportunities to students and people of all ages. All funds are spent locally on Manitoulin Island to restore our resources and provide economic stimulus to our rural economy.
Donations can be made online at our website www.manitoulinstreams.com, through PayPal or you can mail a cheque to Manitoulin Streams 25B Spragge St. Box 238 Manitowaning, ON P0P 1K0. For more information please call Seija Deschenes at (705) 859-1653. Thank you in advance for caring about our aquatic resources for future generations to enjoy!