2015 Celebrate Our River Festival and River Duck Race!

 

Our Celebrate Our River Festival and River Duck Race on Saturday was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported The Wheatley River Improvement Group! The winners of the 2015 Duck Race are:
1st-Teagan Christian
2nd-The Cymbria Lions Club
3rd-Henk and Xandra van der Geer
Congratulations!

The Celebrate Our River Festival is an important community event for WRIG. It is an opportunity for us to connect with the community that we are a part of and increase awareness of the work we do as a watershed group in Wheatley River. We saw a lot of new and familiar faces at this year’s event which was excellent. Several families and individuals took the opportunity to become WRIG members which helps to ensure our success as a local environmental group.  Funds from duck ticket purchases and the generous donations of those who attended the event make our stream enhancement and tree planting work possible and allow us to make a positive impact in our community.  Thank you!

 

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2013 Adopt A River Days!

Last week, Rackham’s Community Pond was a flurry of activity as eager young minds set out to explore the aquatic ecosystem of the stream below the pond.  WRIG and HCWG invited the French and English grade 7 and 8 students from St-Augustin and Gulf Shore Consolidated to participate in the Adopt-A-River program, provided by the Bedeque Bay Environmental Association.  The event was held over two days, to allow for the program to be offered bilingually. The first day had 26 students in attendance from the English grade 7/8 class from Gulf Shore. There were also several grade 9 students in attendance as part of their efforts to win an award from the RBC Evergreen Watershed Champions program (Good luck Grade 9’s – we’re rooting for you!). The second day, the program was presented in French (where possible) <<j’adopt un cours d’eau>>, and was attended by 35 students from the grade 7/8 class of St- Augustin and the 7/8 French immersion of Gulf Shore Consolidated.

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The days were broken into two sections, a morning Field session, during which students assessed a section of stream for physical, chemical, and biological indicators, followed by an afternoon lab component spent analysing the chemical results, and sorting the macro invertebrates collected during the morning field session. A mid morning Snack was provided by the WRIG and HCWG groups, and bussing was billed to them as well. We enjoyed nice weather on both days, and the students showed good focus and excellent enthusiasm for learning about their river system, and why different factors are important for the survival of aquatic life.

 

Adopt A River Days 2013

Adopt A River Days 2013 – Students learning about water chemistry

From WRIG and HCWG: A huge thank you to our students and teachers for their participation with the program, and also to our vibrant volunteers who gave their time and expertise and helped make the days interesting and informative!

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Celebrate Our River Festival 2013 – August 31st

Looking for a fun way to enjoy the end of the summer season and support your local watershed? The Wheatley River Improvement Group would like to invite everyone out to our 2013 Celebrate Our River Festival, taking place at Rackham’s Community Pond Saturday, August 31st. The River Duck Race gets underway at noon, bring your family out to enjoy the watershed displays, Nature Scavenger Hunt, music, and other kid friendly activities! There will be a WRIG Members BBQ just down the lane at the Wheatley River Community Hall, and new members are welcome to join on site! We will once again be having our River Duck Race with cash prizes for the winning duck ticket holders!

You can pick up your River Duck tickets now from Gallants Food Market in Rustico, the Oyster Bed Store, or contact Tamsyn at the WRIG office in the Cymbria Lions Club for more details!

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Hope to see you all there, it’s going to be a splashing good time!

2012 Winter Woodlot Tour – This Saturday!

The Wheatley River Improvement Group Hunter–Clyde Watershed Group and PEI Model Forest Network Partnership present the 2012 annual Winter Woodlot Tour.  Sleigh rides, forestry demonstrations, snowshoeing, winter wildlife talks, refreshments – and there’s no charge.

The general public are invited to attend the 2012 Winter Woodlot Tour, a chance to get outside and take part in exciting and interesting winter activities for the whole family.  This is being held right next door in our neighbouring Hunter-Clyde watershed.

 

WHEN:        February 4th, 2012  from 9:00AM ’till 1:00PM

WHERE:     148 Hazel Grove Road / Rte 228, located just off of Route 2, west of Hunter River, PEI
Here is a map: http://g.co/maps/hxtpj

Last year’s Winter Woodlot Tour, held in the Chapel Creek Watershed ( a Wheatley River sub ) on the Buffalo Road in Rustico, was a great success with over 500 people attending. This year’s event will have free sleigh rides and a snowshoe trial, as well as a host of interactive interpretive events. There will be experts from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry on hand to help answer your questions regarding forests, wildlife and watershed management.

This will be an opportunity for the whole family to learn more about Island forests and watersheds, discover how people manage our resources, learn about how to make the most of your own woodlot and the importance of our natural environment to the Island’s economy and rural communities.

– Snowshoe trail, with equipment to borrow

– Chainsaw clinic, with maintenance and cutting advice

– Island winter wildlife, with woodland mammals and raptors, plus a live falcon

– Hardwood thinning demonstration site, plus programs for small woodlot owners

– Maple tapping and how to make maple syrup

– Free sleigh rides

– Free hot apple cider

There is no charge to attend this special event; refreshments and basic amenities will be provided

For more about this event please contact WRIG’s Norman Dewar 569-9115,  HCWG’s  Andrew Lush on 964-2272 or PEIMFNP’s Greg Ridgway on 368-6653.

If it’s storming, call us or visit this page to see if we’ve delayed until the following Saturday.

 

HCWG & WRIG – Great Partners & Neighbours

A small but dedicated group of volunteers, locals who really appreciate this beautiful stretch of the NorthShore beach called “the Barachois”, arrived on Saturday morning to to join WRIG’s new  coordinator, Norman Dewar and HCWG’s Manager, Andrew Lush in a bit of fall shoreline maintenance as part of The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Conscientious locals who use the beach throughout the summer really do take very good care to take home most items they bring on their beach visits, and so the Shoreline Cleanup gang was not too overly taxed during Saturday’s cleanup.    Carol-Ann Gallant, contributes to ongoing  beach clean-ups on her daily walks and does another great sweep in the spring when the Women’s Institute is holding the Provincial Roadside Clean-up.  Hats off to our Saturday gang and to people like Carol-Ann, who keep this beach in such pristine condition.

If you know of an area of shoreline in either the Wheatley River or Hunter River watershed areas that requires a clean up,  please give either group a call.

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