WRIG July Update

WRIG welcome to summer!

It’s July, and WRIG is in full swing in our watershed! Our organization is dedicated to the protection and management of the Wheatley River and surrounding areas, and works to promote environmental stewardship wherever we can.

We are pleased to announce the hiring of two local students, Brittany MacLean and Jerrica Cormier, who will be our Field Crew Supervisor and Technician (respectively) for the 2014 WRIG field season. Funding for these positions is made possible through Canada Summer Jobs, the Wildlife Conservation Fund, and the Watershed Management Fund. The field crew will be starting the last week of June, and have a busy summer of riparian zone enhancement ahead of them. They will be spending time tree and shrub planting, clearing debris from streams, monitoring water quality, and improving fish habitat. You can help our field crew by letting us know if you would like native PEI trees and shrubs planted on your stream front property, or if you know of any blockages that might be causing a hindrance to fish passage. Please contact us for more information, we’d love to hear from you!

Rackham’s Pond has already been bustling this spring, most mornings we can spot fishers dotting the shoreline along that section of the Wheatley River. Reports coming from those on the water tell us that the fin fish runs were later this year, but that Brook trout are plentiful, with good catches of Gaspereau. Thank you to fishers for adhering to the special fishing conservation regulations in place at the pond, including the delayed opening (Family fishing weekend in May), barbless hooks, and reduced catch limit for trout. The osprey nesting platform at the pond has been very active as well, with a number of birds spotted in the nest and flying over the pond, signs of a healthy ecosystem.

WRIG and HCWG joined forces to host the 2014 Environmental Fun Day on Friday June 6th at Rackham’s Community Pond (pictured). Around 80 students from local schools participated in the educational event, learning about fish, wildlife, forestry and water quality. The rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits, and the students were enthusiastic participants in the day, it was a pleasure to have them visit.

As always, a huge thank you to our watershed volunteers; without you, we would be unable to accomplish our goals and take care of our local environment. If you’re interested in being part of the effort, purchasing a WRIG family or corporate membership is an excellent way to show your support, or let us know at the WRIG office how you’d like to volunteer, and we’ll get in touch whenever an opportunity comes up!

Please keep an eye out for our WRIG newsletter, which will be published early July. It will be available electronically through Facebook, as well as on our website, www.wheatleyriver.ca, or contact us if you’d like to receive a copy of this and notification of other WRIG events through our mailing list.