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 Urquart, 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.
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.
Calling all volunteers and potential volunteers! We are holding a symposium for you to learn about Project Watershed and our volunteer activities. There will be snacks, drinks, giveaways and hands on fun.