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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Congratulations to all our students that participated in our youth trappers course November 9-12th. They experienced what running a trap line is all about, learning about the traps and how to set them, checking the trap line and harvesting the animals and preparing the furs. We are happy to announce that they all passed the exams and are looking forward to getting their fur harvest licence from the MNRF.
This is the first year that 4 out of 6 students were girls attending the course which we were really excited about! Thank you to George Hagen for instructing the students, Gino Cacciotti for cooking and keeping the students well fed and full and Madison Wagnar for participating and being the female chaperone. A huge shout out to OFAH Zone D and the Fur Institute of Canada for helping fund this youth initiative.
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Last week we connected with College Boreal to complete electro-fishing assessments on our stream restoration projects. These assessments help identify species in the water either before or after stages of restoration. For most of these students, our projects are their first attempt at hands on electro-fishing.
This partnership not only helps them further their education, it also helps with tracking information we would otherwise have to come up with funds for. Thank you to Andre and his class for assisting us!
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