A big hats off to Dawn Dawson and the Agriculture Society for pulling off an amazing event. This was the 132nd Providence Bay Fair. Manitoulin Streams had a display the entire weekend and was kept extremely busy. It’s amazing how far people travel to come to this fair and the ability we have for community and tourist outreach.
A very busy Saturday at this years White Tail Deer Show put on by Assiginack Township. This day kept Sue Meert of Manitoulin Streams busy educating on deer save protocol, stream rehabilitation, invasive species and selling tickets, hats and trees. A huge success in a short period of time. Many thanks to Assiginack Township’s, Jackie White, for setting us up and keeping all running smoothly.
We had a partly rainy week in M’Chigeeng as we embarked on another year of restoration work on M’Chigeeng Creek. We had Lakeview School’s Grade 8 students and the Sudbury District Stewardship Rangers out helping conduct a stream clean up, planting trees and providing spawning gravel and small boulders along the creek to provide habitat for spawning salmon and rainbow trout.
The students and our crews were all exhausted after a few days of challenging physical work. Great Work!
A huge thank you to the Hutton Family for creating this outdoor classroom for our organization so that we can teach students about our stream restoration efforts along Norton’s Creek. In memory of Bob Hutton, our friend, a plaque will be installed onto the large stone. It was Bob’s dream to restore this historical brook trout creek back to what it was when he was a young and we will continue his efforts and pass on his legacy.
In the third week of August we tree planted along the Grimesthorpe Creek to help create a riparian area along the creek. Fencing will be put in place to restrict livestock access and a cattle watering pad put in place. It poured all day but everyone was amazing and continued to plant the trees and shrubs. There was a lot of laughter going on while we were soaked by all the rain. Trees had plenty of water today.
Thank you to everyone that came out and TD Friends of the Environment for the funds to buy the trees!
This summer, our large stream rehabilitation job is the Kagawong River Enhancement Project. We spent many hours cleaning up the garbage along the river and trail system pulling out mounds of metal and had found some historic relics, a whiskey bottle half full from 1873 which we donated to the museum.
The Ontario Stewardship Rangers from Windy Lake Provincial Park came up to help us out which we are grateful for. We then suited up in our waders to help start to build a coffer dam to divert the water down a different channel and slow down the water along the shoreline that we will be restoring. Everyone worked hard loading up sand bags and transporting them by hand to the site. The lower part of the trail is being closed off temporarily while the construction takes place for safety reasons. More pictures to come over the next couple weeks.
Volunteers will be called on for tree planting once the stream restoration is completed. Come check out this amazing site once completed, and get ready for the salmon spawning season to begin!
Thanks to KMR for having us at this busy event. These girls were earning badges for many aspects of their memberships including their environmental connection from an educational with Sue from Manitoulin Streams. Ranging from ages 14 to 18, all had a great time enjoying the horses and classes as they learned to ride and care for them, crafts, bike safety and repair and much more.
A great weekend at Country Fest 2015. Tickets were sold and feet were tapping to great Country music from Thursday to Sunday. Manitoulin Streams was kept very busy educating on invasive species and stream restoration work. All staff were involved in this 4 day event that was stated to be the busiest Country Fest weekend yet. Thanks to KT and all volunteers for a great time!
A very busy weekend for Manitoulin Streams at this event. Many trees, hats and birdhouses sold. Thank you to Lynn Hughson who helped sell a lot of tickets for our raffle and providing cement blocks for our tent. We were rained out on Sunday but all in all, a great success!
Little Current Fish and Game Club are starting to harvest their walleye fingerlings from their ponds for stocking- Great job everyone!