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!
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.
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.
On a side note, I ran into my friend and previous boss Bill Keller from the Living with Lakes Centre with his son Jason fishing on the river. Can’t beat a beautiful day and the sight of lots of fish. I took a couple of pictures at some of our other restoration sites on my way home to the office. The salmon are making it all the way up to the Manitou dam. Another successful spawning run!