Editor – Don Lowen
"GVSEA publishes the Water Ship News on a monthly basis for educators, secondary students, agencies and community organizations.
The ‘News informs participants in Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Stream to Sea Program in the Capital Regional District.
The ‘News also notifies students and educators of training and volunteer opportunities concerning species enhancement and habitat restoration. In turn, community organizations find the support they require to fulfill their objectives."
Classroom Incubation Calendar - The following events and dates comprise the 2017/18 calendar of events for the Classroom Incubation Program.
- Monday, February 5th – Egg delivery to gulf islands
- Wednesday February 7th – Egg delivery to Sidney Elementary, North Saanich Middle Schools
- All other deliveries complete.
- February 8th – Dissection workshop cancelled! No specimens available this year.
- Late April / early May – fry releases.
- By May 31st – Submit release data.
Special thanks also to Peter McCully for his able assistance at the Goldstream Hatchery, and to Mel Hull and Bill Pedneault for their help with eggs from the Jack Brooks Hatchery.
Technical Support during Incubation - Once the delivery process is complete, all coordinators will check new projects in a couple of weeks. Drew and Gale will also troubleshoot SSI projects for the duration of the year.
For Vancouver Island and outer gulf island projects, if you have questions or concerns about your brood, please direct them to me.
Target Temperature – I will update the ideal tank temperature monthly in this newsletter.
Chiller and Cart Purchase – The Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association has sold six aquarium chillers at a cost of $582.40 each, including tax. GVSEA will also sell six aquarium carts at $448 each, including tax. Four are still unsold.These prices are exactly 50% of the retail cost, and are subsidized thanks to a generous grant from the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or to purchase one of these units.
GFI Reminder - A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFI) protects people from electrical shock. You plug your devices, power bar or extension cord into the GFI, then you plug it into the wall.
I highly recommend it. This one sells for $36 at Canadian Tire:
Wednesday February 7th - Matson Mattocks Weekly Restoration Days
Wednesdays 9 - 11 AM, weather dependent, contact email@example.com or 250-813-0433 to help remove invasive species and steward Matson Conservation Area in Esquimalt.
On that day, there will be a special Garry Oak Meadow Marathon event day that includes Matson Conservation Area.
Follow this link for more info:http://hat.bc.ca/i-want-to/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2018/02/07/239/-/meadow-marathon-matson-conservation-area-restoration-day
- Community Activities -
Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th - “Work That Reconnects - Reconnecting to Life” Retreat (Cowichan Estuary Nature Center)
As part of our ongoing work on climate change adaptation and resilience, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is pleased to bring a two day 'Work That Reconnects' workshop to Cowichan this February. If you’ve been overwhelmed by the unravelling of our world – the climate crisis, species extinction, violent conflict, increasing inequality – this is a time for connection and renewal.
Workshop venue is Providence Farm in Duncan, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Quw’utsun People.
$140 per person. If the cost of registration is a barrier to you, please email us to apply for a bursary.
For information and registration contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need a place to stay, billeting can be arranged.
Application Deadline February 15th – Wild ARC summer staffing
It is that time of year again for Wild ARC to begin recruiting summer staff.
Wild ARC will be hiring 2 Wildlife Rehabilitators, 4 Junior Wildlife Rehabilitators, and 2 Wildlife Assistants for the summer from 1 May to 3 September. Because these positions are funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Program, candidates must currently be full-time students between the ages of 18-30 and intend to return to school next year.
Candidates who are interested in the positions should apply online at the link below. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018.
Funding Deadline February 15th – Stream of Dreams (RLC Park Services)
Ever seen schools with hundreds of beautifully painted wooden fish attached to their fence?
Stream of Dreams is a whole school eco-education program that teaches about local watersheds, about our job to conserve and protect water, and it creates a community art legacy. It’s science; it’s art. It’s serious and it’s fun!
Every class participates in a science workshop and an art portion to transform a wooden fish into a dream fish.
More questions? Contact RLC Park Services email@example.com – your Stream of Dreams providers on the island!
Contact the Stream of Dreams Society via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) funding by February 15, 2018. https://www.psf.ca/what-we-do/community-salmon-program.
Thursday February 22nd - Blue Drinks Social (CaNOE and NAME)
Everyone welcome! Network with fellow educators and scientists and learn more about marine education and ocean literacy in Canada. Let's raise a 'blue drink' in honour of the ocean and all those who work to protect it.
4–6 PM at Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street, Victoria.
Co-hosted by Canadian Network for Ocean Education CaNOE & BC Chapter of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators NAME BC
Friday February 23rd and Saturday February 24th - Bioengineering with Dave Polster (Cowichan Land Trust)
Learn bioengineering techniques for restoration and reclamation of damaged ecosystems. Day one is an indoor classroom day. Day two is in the field working on a restoration.
9 AM to 4 PM in Chemainus, BC/ Registration required. Cost $75.00, includes lunch on the first day.
To register visit, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bioengineering-with-dave-polster-tickets-42691985879?aff=affiliate1, or call 250-746-0227 or email email@example.com.
Deadline March 1 – BC Green Games
BC Green Games, Science World’s eco-storytelling contest, is open to K – 12 students in schools all over BC.
Participating teams take action on an environmental cause that is important to them, document their work, and submit their stories to bcgreengames.ca for the chance to win $1000 and other prizes.
Fish incubators, storm drain marking, and hatchery tours all make great BC Green Games projects.
Share your environmental story. Submissions open now until March 1.
https://www.bcgreengames.ca/ or call 604 443 7499.
A LAST WILD SALMON - A Film by Watervisions
This documentary follows the life of one such salmon, underwater all the way, as it survives against impossible odds, battling natural and human forces. The film begins with one of Nature's most astonishing performances - the ancient spawning ritual - and follows each step of development in the salmon's life.
This award-winning film has been purchased by major networks and schools all over North America.
If you want a DVD of "A Last Wild Salmon", please contact:
Cel (604) 729-0233
Become a CRD Watershed Warden – Capital Regional District
Kids can earn their free CRD Watershed Warden badge by learning about, and taking of, their local watersheds.
Rainwater and Watersheds – A learning resources for elementary educators in the Capital Region, is an online document (pdf) which provides place-based lesson plans which can be easily adapted to various grade levels.
Free CRD Watershed Warden iron-on on badges may be earned by participating in any of the local programing or stewardship activities of your choice or that you do on your with your class.
Supporting online place-based resources include short videos, watershed maps, printable activities and graphics. Learn more at:www.crd.bc.ca/watersheds
Do You Teach Grade Three? Peninsula Streams Wants to Know!
The Peninsula Streams Society is looking for new schools (Grade 3) to deliver our Watershed Model and Salmon Lifecycle Program. Can be scheduled to coincide with your school’s salmon fry release. Students will come out with knowledge on the water cycle, how watersheds function, how pollution affects the environment, and the salmon lifecycle.
We have been delivering the program for 12 years. Please contact us at PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com or 250.363.6480 for details including program cost. Hope to hear from you!
More information can also be found at http://peninsulastreams.ca/education-programs/grade-3-program.
New Lesson Plan: “Where the Land Meets the Sea” (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
The latest lesson plan released by DFO and designed for use in grades 4 to 11, is titled "Where the Land Meets the Sea - the Nearshore".
The plan defines what this sensitive area of our world is, and highlights some of the little-known fish that use this place to spawn. Forage fish, so named because they are "forage", or food, for larger fish and many other creatures, are the corner stone of our food chain. What happens to them will affect us all.
You can find it at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/education/lessonplans-lecons/nearshore-zone-littorale-eng.html
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