WRIG August Update

There has been quite a bit taking place this summer with WRIG! Our Summer Field Crew, Brittany and Jerrica, have been hard at work planting native PEI trees and Shrubs throughout the watershed, and wading through our streams and rivers clearing blockages and removing debris. All of our efforts are paying off though, as we spy trees planted by past crews growing well, and healthy brook trout thriving in our streams! Our Crew is also doing a top notch job keeping Rackham’s Pond looking pristine for visitors, and we’re happy to say there have been many! It’s great to see families out enjoying picnics, watching boats skim along the pond, and people out fishing.

Our community comes alive in the summer, and this year is no exception! There’s lots going on at the Wheatley River Hall, with Picnics, Festival of Small Halls Events, and other entertainment. There will be an unveiling of a beautiful mural at the hall this August, depicting a historic Wheatley River Watershed map, painted by the talented Colin Rackham. The river has always been important to the heart of the community, and this art is a lovely representation of its’ significance. Details of the official unveiling will be made available on our Facebook page, please watch for coming details.

Driving through Wheatley River, you may have noticed the recent addition of the “La Serena Farm Stand” just west of the bridge. Stocked with local harvest and products, this charming self-serve stand gives visitors a chance to buy local and enjoy produce from our own watershed. Next time you’re visiting Rackham’s Pond, be sure to stop in!

The birds have been plentiful around Wheatley River this season, and we encourage those interested in our feathered friends to attend an information session about two species currently in decline due to changes in agricultural practices, the Bobolink and the Barn Swallow. The Women’s Institute is hosting an information session through the Island Nature Trust on August 7th (7pm at the Wheatley River Hall), sharing information about the species and their efforts to increase nesting opportunities for them. Both bird species are present in our watershed, and are important to biological diversity Island wide.

The WRIG Summer Newsletter is out, you can pick up your copy from the WRIG Website or at locations around the community. An even easier option is to join the WRIG E-mail list to get automatic updates delivered to directly to your inbox. Just contact Tamsyn (Tamsyn@wheatleyriver.ca) to be added.

It’s almost time for WRIG’s annual Celebrate our River Event, which will be held August 30th at Rackham’s Community Pond! Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the beautiful Wheatley River and celebrate the environment! We will be there sharing watershed information and displays, and new members can take home a native tree to plant on their property. There will be a barbeque, pond tours and bird watching, games for kids, and of course, the River Duck Race!. Duck tickets will be available soon at local stores and the WRIG office. As the event approaches, keep an eye out for more details on our posters around the community, Facebook, and our website www.wheatleyriver.ca.