Technician Tuesday Report – Beach Cleanup and Amphibian Salvage – August 16
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 tangled in logs and grass in the upper tidal zone. It seemed endless! They would find one clump of netting and then uncover another and another and another. Seeing all the trash that was removed from the beach was a great reward. Lunch in the shade near the beach was a great way to finish a day of work in the sun.
Returning to Glen Urquhart, Cain and Renée finished their plant maintenance which included a large amount of weeding in the exclusion plots that were planted last year. And surprise, surprise, this included more Reed Canary Grass removal!
Reed Canary Grass was removed at Mallard Creek as well but in this area, an excavator was used. Alongside Jay and Jennifer, Renée completed amphibian salvages while the excavator was removing the floating Reed Canary Grass mats from the creek. This involved riffling through thick mud and stems to find salamanders and lampreys. Everyone got super muddy, but it was a fun scavenger hunt! After the excavator was finished, a large section of the creek was opened up which previously could not be seen from the adjacent field. Removing the invasive grass will eventually help salmon return to the creek.
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.