Manitoulin Streams is always happy to assist CMT in dredging the mouth at Prov. Once the salmon start staging in the open water, it's clear where their destination is intended. However, this dynamic shifting beach often closes up the mouth this time of year. Once dredged, many salmon are viewed entering the mouth eager to spawn.
In late June A/OFRC came to Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and helped with an Electro-fishing assessment on Smith Bay Creek. We were helping Lands & Resources gather baseline information about the fishery. There was exciting news to find a good population of Rainbow Trout and Northern Redbelly Dace. Other species included Longnose dace, Brassy Minnow, Stickleback, Fathead Minnows Blacknose shiner and Finescale dace.
This information is important in order to help plan the enhancement of the fishery!
Manitoulin Streams is always happy to have an educational table at the Assiginack Deer Show. Not only is it important to continue educating on current restoration activities, it's also a great opportunity to talk about our Deer Save program to locals. Many are still not aware that we keep a land owners listing for those wanting to participate in deer management activities in the winter, allowing volunteers access to break trails and feed if necessary.
We can't dictate what conditions winter will bring this year, we do know that the deer herd suffered somewhat from last winter, and the drought weather this summer is not positive for the health of the deer heading into what could be another harsh winter for 2018/19.
We are hopeful that conditions will continue to improve, but are grateful for the support and funding made available should we face emergency efforts needed. Anyone wanting to sign up to assist this winter can call Sue at 705-859-1653 to have their name placed on the volunteer list. Thank you to Jackie White and the Assiginack Township team for hosting a great event!
Yesterday was a great day down at M'Chigeeng Creek with Grade 8's from Lakeview School. Each year they work on restoring this creek by improving the stream habitat, planting trees and picking up garbage. These kids did a great job! We also had Little Current grade 8 graduates come out to get some of their community volunteer hours for high school. It's amazing what can get done with everyone's help. Miigwech and thank you for helping clean up our environment and improving our streams on Manitoulin Island!
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