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Salmon rest in an eddy of Vancouver Island's Goldstream River during the fall run. Volunteers have come here to count the fish as they return to the river to spawn.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES MACDONALD/THE GLOBE AND MAIL
The Future Of Salmon Stewardship: Goldstream Hatchery welcomes its youngest GVSEA member and volunteer!
"On November 14th, she presented us with $450.00 that she had raised by selling salmon keychains in her neighbourhood that she and her Mom manufactured themselves. It is this sort of thing that energizes me and gives me hope that, in spite of all the depressing news we receive daily, there is hope for the future. On our volunteers' behalf, I've suggested that Julia and Joscilyn might be interested in a membership because Julia is not yet old enough to be up here on her own yet."
~ Peter McCully
From all of us here at Goldstream Hatchery, and on behalf of our Pacific Salmon,
Thank you so much for your support and interest in salmon enhancement Julia!
Day by day and week by week, the salmon are slowly arriving at Goldstream.
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for "wadering up", getting cold and sometimes rather wet in the process of netting these fish for Goldstream Hatcheries' brood stock. So far we have had some beautiful chum, and the odd coho. We still anticipate more fish over the next few weeks.
A special thank you to Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products for also supplying our volunteers with face shields to be worn during this process and while at the hatchery to follow current "Covid protocols" at this time.
Stay tuned for a great video being done up over the next few months, documenting this years brood stock collection, including great underwater footage of these magnificent fish.
"In 2019, you made it possible for the
Rocky Point Bird Observatory to have a very successful year.
In addition to banding over 2000 hummingbirds at 37 locations across BC,
RPBO hosted a well attended hummingbird symposium in Chilliwack, published
research on the diet of Rufous Hummingbird nestings, and used eDNA analysis of faecal samples to provide the first insight into what these warm-blooded pollinators
need to rear the next generation successfully.
Our star recapture was a Rufous hummingbird over nine years old!
This longevity is rarely seen and is especially rare among males.
Your support allows us to look forward to making
an even greater impact in the future.
Thank you for being a part of the Rocky Point Bird Observatory!"
"From the leader of our Hummingbird project...
"Birds provide many essential ecosystem services free of charge,
from controlling pests to pollination and seed dispersal. We need to understand
how they are doing and how our activities affect them.
My focus is RPBO's Hummingbird Project.
Our team engages in a range of research projects, from monitoring
populations changes, to examining diet and habitat use, and looking at the
effects of pesticide use on hummingbirds in agricultural areas. These data are
important for decision making by land managers.
Public understanding and interest in the well being of wildlife is vital for
protection of ecosystems. When people develop an interest in birds, they build an
emotional connection with nature. For example, feeding a hummingbird at your
window, you will see details in behaviour, care about an individual of another species
and feel a deep responsibility for their well being. This means that conversations
between hummingbird enthusiasts and knowledgable volunteers can become valuable opportunities for spreading accurate information.
As volunteers, we develop an intimate understanding of the birds we study.
We dedicate our time and energy to vital citizen science work and we share our in depth knowledge widely. Your support makes a huge difference to what we can do."
Alison Moran, PhD.
Hummingbird Project, RPBO"
After this weekends' Thanksgiving rains, we anticipate seeing some salmon at our fence very soon! However We wanted to take a minute to point out the countless other trips to the fence to simply clean and check the status!
Every fall, the installation, mending and cleaning of our Goldstream Fence takes place and often the "chores" like this go un-noticed. So thank you to all of our great volunteer's for rolling up their sleeves, dawning their waders and doing the hard work; this all takes place before we get to have fun and net salmon for our brood stock collection.
We hope everyone had a lovely, safe and pleasant Thanksgiving long weekend! Stay tuned for videos and pictures when we collect our Goldstream Salmon!
Fall salmon runs quickly approach, and with the tree's changing leaves dually comes the installation of our Goldstream fence to collect this years brood stock.
Thank you to the countless volunteers who have helped make this day a success. Every year we wrangle our valued volunteer crew to help with this important task at hand. Now we patiently wait for salmon.
(Click on the two photos collages below to enlarge.)
Dorothy Chambers talks Vancouver Island salmon with local broadcast CFAX 1070.
Click the below text to listen to her interview!
>> CHECKING IN WITH THE COHO OF COLQUITZ CREEK
One of the pleasures that we have had to forgo this year due to Covid-19 is our Goldstream Hatchery annual picnic at Beaver Lake.
We have used this opportunity to present a deserving volunteer with our prestigious "BROOM" award, and this years recipient is Lynn Miguez!
A small presentation of the award took place with our Wednesday crew present.
Well done Lynn! Thank you for your efforts on our behalf!