Our outreach coordinator Sue Meert took a group of 20 women aged 18-24 on a educational stream tour on Saturday. These youth were from Africa, Belgium and Canada. Sue brought them on a stream tour in Providence Bay to showcase some of our stream restoration efforts then off to Kagawong to see Bridal Veil Falls and the salmon spawning which then lead to the chocolate factory and participating in some Canadian customs of carving pumpkins and a hiking trip up the Cup and Saucer.
They were really excited and said it was the best part of their experience in Canada so far. Manitoulin Streams is looking at expanding our educational tours to include experiential activities such as these.
Last Wednesday we were able to take the Espanola French High school for a tour around Manitoulin Island to showcase different stream restoration sites to the students and to see the salmon spawning in the rivers.
Some of the students had never seen salmon spawning before and there was a lot of excitement! We are hoping to develop more educational tour packages that we can send to the school board that will highlight some of the curriculum being taught at different grade levels.
Trees Ontario Northern Afforestation ProgramWhen: Thursday Oct 2/14 1-4 partner groups & 7-9 pm for landowners
Where: Knox United Church 25 Napier Street; Manitowaning, ON.
Contact Peter Gagnon Trees Ontario at 705-779-3796 or cell 705-542-4586 for registration and agenda details.Find out how you can help and benefit from this program!
On Friday we went out to Gore Bay and conducted a shoreline cleanup with the Gore Bay Fish and Game Club and the Grade 8 class from C.C. McLean Public School. We would like to thank Dean’s Valu-Mart in Gore for all the snacks and drinks they provided for the volunteers and the Town of Gore Bay for the garbage bags and gloves they provided. We were able to clean up the whole shoreline from Buoys right through to the top of Bickell’s Creek. Lots of garbage removed! Thank you to everyone that helped out.
Had a beautiful day in M’Chigeeng at their Fall Harvest. Manitoulin Streams had a display at the festival showcasing the restoration work completed with Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng Creek as well as provided educational information about invasive species.
The wind closed up the mouth of the Mindemoya River so we were able to dredge it open again this morning. Lots of fish in the river! We’ve also posted some pictures of the educational viewing and fishing platform that is currently being constructed which will be wheelchair accessible allowing everyone a chance to learn about our fishery and have a chance at angling.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on September 29, 2014. Four positions are up for election (Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Board Members). Nomination forms can be found on our website www.manitoulinstreams.com (under the drop down: About US and AGM) and are to be sent in by Monday Sept 22, 2014. The meeting will be held at 119 Burke St. in Spring Bay
Manitoulin Streams worked with the Little Current Fish and Game Club to improve salmon and trout habitat at the upper reach of Bass Lake Creek. A hydraulic hammer was used to expand a pool and 9 yards of spawning gravel was placed inside to create a spawning pool. Sweeper logs that were washed downstream with high water flows were also replaced with boulders. Passage upstream was created with spawning channels as well.