Technician Report – Tuesday, November 9th
This time of year the sedge plants get less vibrant and covered in algae, but they are still green and healthy. Because we planted the sedge in rows, we could clearly see that no plants have perished yet this year.
While checking on the sedge, our team noticed some of the fencing had come loose at the site. The fence was repaired and reinforced. Keeping this fencing operational is important to prevent browsing from geese. So far, it is working well as no signs of grazing were seen on the plantings.
On the bank, our grass planting is being encroached upon by reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). Although much of the reed canary grass was pulled earlier in the year, fragments of the root system called rhizomes can break off in the soil and regrow the plants. A team will be heading back to continue reed canary grass removal at this site in the future.
With the help of the Healthy Watersheds Initiative funding Project Watershed has hired environmental technicians to assist with our projects over the summer and early fall. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative is delivered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Watersheds BC, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia as part of its $10-billion COVID-19 response. Jamie Lund, one of these technicians, will be posting a brief report every Tuesday to update the Project Watershed community on what they have been up to.
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.
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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...