Coastline Restoration in Fanny Bay
Director Dan Bowen and volunteer Don Mitchell enjoying the digging and planting
Hard at work saltmarsh planting
Fence up! Gotta keep those geese and grazers from eating all the baby plants. From Right to Left- Dan George, Stuart Swain and Young Nguyen
During this planting, our Project Manager & Estuary Coordinator, Jennifer Sutherst, conducted field research to evaluate two planting techniques in two adjacent areas. The first technique is the more common method, with single plants spaced in a 30-cm radius from each other. The second technique was guided by recent restoration research, which indicates that saltmarsh plants may survive better by being planted in groups. To this end groups of three individual plants were placed together in a single hole. These were within a one-meter radius from the next group. By performing this hands-on field research, we will be able to compare the survival rate between the two planting techniques with the aim of increasing the survival of our saltmarsh plants.
In addition, the Project Watershed board and staff also ensured everyone’s health and safety by going over our safety protocols first thing in the morning. These guidelines also include the recently developed COVID-19 safety precautions put in place by our Field and Research Assistant, Virginia East. We made sure that everyone had a good time while maintaining their physical distance. The project was initially planned to be finished in five to six days. However, our enthusiastic volunteers and staff were enjoying the planting and the beautiful weather so much, it only took three days to finish. We will continue to monitor this saltmarsh planted at Fanny Bay and will post updates on its status very soon.
Having fun in the sun
Over the past month, there have been many forage fish and/or forage fish egg sightings spread along the coast of Vancouver Island.
Jennifer Sutherst has been a key leader at Project Watershed for the last seven years.
Project Watershed hosted a Fundraising Blitz this November which closed with a Reverse Telethon on Saturday, November 28th. The Blitz successfully raised over $60,000 and donations are still rolling in. All donations from the Blitz have been matched by the Ngan-Page family fund and they have extended their commitment to match donations until December 31st!
Project Watershed Now Accepts E-transfers
Project Watershed is offering a contract for a part-time (32 hrs. [+ or -] per week) opportunity to perform as an Executive Director. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise working on innovative and collaborative multi-disciplinary habitat restoration projects. Project Watershed supports professional growth; opportunities for training and mentoring will be provided.
Christmas is coming and this year visits with relatives, friends and family are being discouraged. In these social distancing times sending a beautiful card will show you care and support our local environment.
On October 23 and 24th, 2020, volunteers helped reclaim 150 meters of streamside along Mallard Creek.
A three tiered fundraiser that includes a 50/50 raffle, online auction, and reverse telethon to raise funds to protect and restore Kus-kus-sum.