We are excited to once again provide Assiginack P.S. with a small micro-hatchery that is meant to raise the eyed egg brook trout (part of 10,000 eggs) that were too small to be placed in the Scotty trays from Decembers' event. These eggs have now hatched and have absorbed most of their yolk sack, and are now being fed. In a couple months, these little guys will be released into Nortons Creek along with the other brook trout that had hatched in the trays. This initiative is part of our educaitonal approach to provide a hands on learning for the grade 3/4 class, and will give them scientific experience at documenting and observing. Thanks to Delmer Fields for the use of his equipment and helping to set up!
What a way to kick off the winter with our annual Eyed Egg Brook Trout Event! Many volunteers showed to help place 10,000 eggs into Scotty Box trays. M’Chigeeng’s Lakeview School grade 7/8 and Wikwemikong’s Pontiac School grade 4/5 attended this fabulous educational session and volunteered their time.
10 Scotty Box trays were placed in Norton’s Creek following placement of eggs. Thanks again to all volunteers that showed for this event and to Bob Florean for taking time to educate the kids on the importance of this project. A special thanks Les and Delmer Fields for all their work organizing the even as well as the food and treats enjoyed by all and to the Hutton Family for allowing us to use their property to host the event!
A wonderful drawing from Charlize Recollet from Pontiac School.
Thank you again to College Boreal and Laurentian University - Living with Lakes Center for helping gather fisheries and invertebrate information at sites on Norton's Creek, Mindemoya River, Kaboni Creek and Grimesthorpe Creek. These are great partnerships to have and great opportunities for young College students to learn stream assessment techniques in the field
It was a pleasant surprise to have a call from the Lively District High School asking for a tour of the Kagawong river showing our restoration efforts as well as a talk on the salmon run which are now in full spawning mode. The students range from grade nine to twelve in this environmental class and were all very excited and enthusiastic to visit Kagawong. Thanks again to this school for including us in on their excursion and a donation to our organization of $50. 00!
A special thank you to the Lake Manitou Area Association (LMAA) for the cheque for $5,000 toward our stream restoration efforts!
Last Friday Maria and Sue from Manitoulin Streams led a group of very inquisitive children and their parents in Kagawong. This is a local networking homeschool group that has included our educational tour as part of their environmental learning in a fun, interactive experience. All were very excited to learn of some of the aquatic bugs in the river and experience the salmon spawning along some of our newly restored areas of the stream. Thank you to this group for having us lead this tour and the donation given of $65.00 towards our stream restoration efforts!
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