Field Work

Photo by Tracy Gallant

Every year, WRIG performs a variety of monitoring and restoration activities to protect and restore aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The bulk of this field work takes place in the summer season, when our staff is largest. Each summer, WRIG staff continue ongoing monitoring work throughout our watersheds, such as our freshwater water quality monitoring program, estuarine anoxia surveys, and avian nesting box initiative. Our major habitat restoration activities include native tree and shrub planting, invasive species management, stream clearing, and brush matting. Additionally, WRIG undertakes one or two special projects each year. These projects are larger in scope, with increased funding, planning, and labour requirements. Examples of such projects from recent years include extensive stream surveys (2021), stream crossing replacements (2018 and 2021), in-stream flow deflector construction (2017 and 2020), and pollinator garden installation (2019). Furthermore, WRIG regularly collaborates with other local watershed groups and research students on a variety of initiatives such as beach cleanups, seine netting, and electrofishing. WRIG is also responsible for the regular maintenance and improvement of the Rackham’s Pond community park. Please use the following links for a more detailed description of our past work.