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 – (This year’s workshops are all on Thursday’s at 4 PM. Venue is Tillicum School, 3155 Albina Street, near the intersection of Burnside and Tillicum Roads.)
The following events and dates comprise the 2017/18 calendar of events for the Classroom Incubation Program.
- To date - All incubators are assembled and operating in Town of Sooke and T’Sou-Ke FN.
- January 11th – Classroom incubation technical workshop (Mandatory for newcomers, all are welcome)
- January 18th - Egg delivery from Jack Brooks Hatchery (Sooke).
- By January 19th – All incubators outside of Sooke up and running.
- Week of January 29th – Tentative dates for egg delivery from Goldstream Hatchery.
- February 8th – Dissection workshop. All are welcome.
- Late April / early May – fry releases.
- By May 31st – Submit release data.
New Projects, Record Year – Welcome to 20 new participants this year, part of a record number of projects in this community’s classroom incubation program (109). I look forward to seeing all the new folks at the technical workshop this Thursday (See above), except for Reed Osler on Galiano Island. Please remember that attendance at this workshop is required before you can receive eggs later this month:
Caleb Kennedy Cathy Ireton Evelyn Morales
Jolene Smith Lisa Galway Maria Kendall
Mo Kheari Sandy Smith Andrea Joyce Jardim
Carleen MacDonald Catherine Alpha Danielle Bouchard
Karin Watts Johanne Chouinard Kyle Goy
Reed Osler Blaine Scott Kim Cobb
Sarah Donatelli Suzanne Normandin
Time to Set Up! – There are many good reasons to set up your incubator at least one week prior to egg delivery (See attached manual). Contact your coordinator ASAP if you have questions or concerns about setup.
Target Temperature – Please set your thermostats at 5 Celsius with a 2-degree range.
Goldstream Egg Delivery Schedule - Kate, Brent, Gale, Drew and I will complete egg deliveries during the week of January 29th. We will contact you very soon with our own delivery schedules.
Choice of Eggs/Recipient Streams - Please note that poor coho returns to the Goldstream River this year will have two impacts on this year’s classroom incubation program:
- For those classes releasing fry into Goldstream River, you will all receive chum eggs only.
- All classes incubating coho will receive 100 eggs.
- “Coho only” watersheds are Chalet, Colquitz, Cusheon, Duck, Fulford, Millstream, Reay, Roe, Tetayut, Tod/Wray.
- “Chum only” streams are Ganges, Goldstream, Greig, Lyall, Mt. Douglas.
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. Five 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: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-4-outlet-gfci-power-bar-0527268p.html#srp
- Community Activities -
January Activities – Habitat Acquisition Trust
Saturday January 13th, 12 – 2 PM - Habitat Acquisition Trust Volunteer Appreciation Day, A volunteer appreciation pizza party for current volunteers and those interested in volunteering with their local land trust! Hosted in conjunction with local artist Joanne Thomson’s Wild Anticipation event at the Martin Gallery, Joanne will do a walk and talk about her art from 9–11 AM for those that want to come early. Martin Bachelor Gallery (712 Cormorant St). RSVP to email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan 20th, 10 AM – 2 PM - Camas Hill Habitat Restoration Day, in Metchosin (firstname.lastname@example.org for details, as this is a private conservation area only accessible by invitation). Join Habitat Acquisition Trust in removing invasive species, particularly Scotch broom, from this magnificent rocky outcrop and home to species of concern. Tools and training provided! Carpooling available, also located on a BC Transit route #61. RSVP to email@example.com
Jan 27th – 28th (email for times) - Workshop: Become a Certified Bee Friendly Farmer. We are looking for farmers: Enhance biodiversity, reduce input costs, and increase yields. You will learn about managed and native bees, and other beneficial insects, and how to add habitat to your farm. Site visit and hands on mason and bumble bee home creation. Guides and other take-homes included. Co-hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Saanich Native Plants. At Haliburton Farm (741 Haliburton Rd), Email firstname.lastname@example.org to take part.
Wednesday January 31st 6:30 – 8:30 PM - Habitat Acquisition Trust AGM & Social, an opportunity to learn about HAT and local conservation over the past year. As well as a chance to meet the Board and mingle with fellow members. It's an excellent place to join in on the conservation conversation. There will be treats! You can RSVP to email@example.com but not required for this free event.
Deadline March 1 – BC Green Games
BC Green Games is an eco-storytelling contest for grades K – 12 in schools all over BC. Teams take action on an environmental cause that is important to them, document their actions, and submit their project to bcgreengames.ca for the chance to win great prizes. Fish incubators, storm drain marking, and hatchery tours all make great BC Green Games projects. Register your team today. Projects due between January 15 – March 1.
https://www.bcgreengames.ca/ or call 604 443 7499.
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. More information can also be found at http://peninsulastreams.ca/education-programs/grade-3-program. Hope to hear from you!
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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