Technician Tuesday Report – Continued Invasives Management and Fish Netting – July 26
Happy Technician Tuesday!
At Kus-Kus-Sum, Renée and Cain completed a plant inventory of the north end vegetation. This involved flagging each individual plant and categorizing it into coniferous, deciduous, or shrub. This will help to document the mortality rate of the vegetation that was planted in the spring. Working at Kus-Kus-Sum was both Renée and Cain’s favourite part of the week!
At the Mallard Creek site, the team did some invasive species management where we are trying to control large patches of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). They laid down thick paper and rocks on top of the grass to block access to sunlight and prevent the grass from taking over. They will come back next year to see if this method was an effective form of management.
At Glen Urquart, Renée and Cain continued their work from last week; a lot of weeding and mulching along the fenced areas that were planted with native plants in the spring. They both agree that they need thicker gloves when pulling out all of the blackberry and thistles!
Fish nets were installed in the creek as the first step to start the zone of isolation for the riffle construction that is set to happen in the next few weeks.
A riffle is a shallow area of fast moving water in the stream where rocks break the surface. When the fast moving water runs over the rocks, oxygen is added to the water from the turbulence.
In between the two nets, they set fish traps which they will check and empty every morning until the water for that section is diverted away for construction. They both found it super interesting to learn about the whole process of trapping fish and diverting water for the construction to proceed as well as learning about how the riffles will be constructed.
The crew worked at Glen Urquhart every day last week! Construction of the riffles was in full swing and was the main focus for Cain and Renée. Jay, who has been leading the restoration of the creek, provided help and guidance during each step.
We are very excited to announce our 2022 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS Winery. Please join us September 17th from 5-8pm to celebrate ecological restoration and watershed research right here in the Comox Valley. We are looking forward to sharing local food, wine and music, and celebrating significant milestones with you, our community.
Happy Technician Tuesday! The week started off with a fun photo shoot with The Now Group showcasing our work at Kus-kus-sum for Clean BC, a provincial program to achieve the Province’s legislated climate targets. After the shoot, extensive weeding of Kus-kus-sum occupied the team for the rest of the afternoon.
Technician Tuesday is starting again! Each Tuesday through July and August, we will post a short write-up outlining what our two field technicians have been up to.
Meet our new Communications Specialist!
The Kus-kus-sum project made great progress last year and large scale changes are planned to continue this year. We held a forum to share our restoration plans mid June, and have posted much of that information here as well. If you missed the virtual meeting, you can watch the recording on this page.