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!