This winter Little Current Public School received a micro-hatchery through the Micro Hatcheries Ltd. with Rolly Frappier. TD Friends of the Environment contributed $7,000, the Little Current Lions Club through Catch the Ace $700 Little Current Fish and Game Club $500 for the micro-hatchery and $500 toward stream restoration. The remaining funds required were raised by Manitoulin Streams. A full hatchery unit was set up to sustain hatching and raising brook trout. The kids will learn the scientific process of hatching and rearing these fish and will venture off to a carefully selected stream to release them in the spring.
This amazing program has been run at a few schools on the island and serves as a complete hands-on educational experience for these students. Hats off to Rolly for a wonderful job done and to Little Current Public School for partnering with Manitoulin Streams to initiate this program and to all the funders that made this possible!
Manitoulin Streams was pleased to make the trek all the way out to Sheshegwaning for an educational session this week. Liam taught the students about climate change, the impacts on the habitat of polar bears and how melting sea ice impacts the oceans. He also talked about the impacts on the freshwater ecosystems and it's aquatic species. During his visit, Liam conducted a scientific experience using hot salt water and cold freshwater to show how the environment changes.
The kids were thrilled to participate and we will definitely continue efforts with more out of reach schools.
Friday December 9th marked the 10th annual Eyed Egg Brook Trout Event. Even though this was the coldest year in some time, we managed to endure water icing up and cold fingers. A warm lunch, cookies and hot chocolate was definitely a welcomed treat. A huge thank you to all volunteers from the Little Current Fish & Game club, our community members and especially Les and Delmer Fields that did most of the food and shed preparation.
Lastly, we would like to thank the Hutton family for allowing us to host this event on their property, in honour of the late Bob Hutton. Central Manitoulin and Assiginack Public Schools attended and helped place the eggs in their boxes. A great stewardship experience for all involved.
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