PSL – the Debate is Out and Volunteers are Needed
Vortexing ~ J. Lund
Microscope egg hunting
The Forage Fish team is looking for local volunteers to support sites in Campbell River, Quadra Island, and the Comox Valley area, as well as for blitz events in December. Typically, November and December sampling occurs about every two weeks with New Moons and Full Moons. For more details regarding blitz events, as well as lab opportunities, please contact Virginia. Volunteer opportunities include a variety of aspects of the sampling process at a variety of locations across the northern Salish Sea:
- Regular sampling
- Blitz sampling
- Sieving and Vortexing
- Microscope Egg Hunting
We hope that you can find an aspect and location that works for you!
In addition to volunteers, we are looking for stories. Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK) is an important element of Project Watershed’s BCSRIF Forage Fish Project. LEK includes stories like “going down to the beach and collecting “Grunions” (surf smelt) by the wheel burrow full in the fall”, noticing changes in the sand on a beach you walk on regularly or catching “needle fish” (Pacific sand lance) when you wanted to catch a large fish. Are you a birder who notices that at certain times of the year there are more birds on a particular beach? Do you know locations where you used to go and see Pacific sand lance or surf smelt? You can help us out by emailing your stories to Virginia or filling out the questionnaire.
We have an exciting research announcement to share with you!
Our own Jennifer Sutherst along with 5 other scientists have recently published an article in the Ecological Indicators scientific journal.
Only two tasks on the list for Renée this week: working on a solarization experiment and on a new citizen science program.
This is our first week with only one technician; Cain has finished his summer term with us and is off to school at UBC-Okanagan to study Earth & Environmental Science. Renée is with us for two more weeks, however – lucky us! This week, she and Jay had a great few days in the field.
Project Watershed is restoring eelgrass at Miracle Beach and in the Trent River Estuary as a component of our Coastal Restoration Plan.
Donate a Car to Project Watershed. Easy process, free towing, guaranteed tax-deductible receipt.
Happy Technician Tuesday! The week started off with a beach cleanup up in Fanny Bay and Deep Bay with Ocean Legacy and the BC Shellfish Growers Association. A few volunteers joined in over two days and everyone collected a lot of trash, including huge nets that were...