Bowmanville and Soper Creeks Watershed Tour – Saturday, September 15th 2012 9am – 4pm
As luck would have it, we had anther beautiful day for our bus tour of the Bowmanville and Soper Creeks watershed. The participants were a lively bunch who had no shortage of questions, comments, and discussions while we travelled country roads and the streets of Bowmanville. We travelled from the headwaters on the Oak Ridges Moraine, through rolling rural landscapes, and into downtown Bowmanville.
The sights seen included:
• Tall grass prairie
• Livestock exclusion fencing along a reach of stream
• Urban stormwater ponds
• Local orchard and winery – Archibald’s Estate Winery
• Bowmanville Dam, lifting fish, and the plans for the new fishway
Exploring the Lake Scugog Watershed Wednesday, August 29th 2012
We had a beautiful late summer evening, with the sun shining, breezes blowing, and a very enthusiastic group of participants for the Lake Scugog Watershed tour! The landscapes were at their best as we drove along the Oak Ridges Moraine, visited with landowners, took a wagon ride through a market garden, and viewed a stormwater management pond. It was full dark by the time the last site was visited and the last questions were asked and answered but participants and partners alike agreed that the tour was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
The tour included:
• The headwaters of the Oak Ridges Moraine
• Rural and agricultural land stewardship
• Urban areas and the challenges they face
• Stormwater ponds and their uses
• Update on the Lake Scugog Environmental Management Plan initiatives
The tour was supported by Environment Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and was presented in partnership with Scugog Connections, Kawartha Conservation, and the Durham Land Stewardship Council.
Cold Creek Watershed Tour Saturday April 28th, 2012
On a sunny Saturday in April 2012, the Community Stream Steward Program hosted an interactive bus tour of the Cold Creek Watershed, in partnership with Lower Trent Conservation. Along with local residents, non-profits, and government agencies, we travelled from the headwaters of this important coldwater stream system all the way to the mouth at the Trent River – and experienced the variety of landscapes in between. Guest speakers shared their knowledge on topics including:
- Natural history of the watershed
- Local fish communities
- Wetland ecosystems
- The roles and responsibilities of Conservation Authorities
- Land uses within the watershed
- Monitoring the health of aquatic systems
- Restoration projects and their impacts
Stops were made at an assortment of locations to examine local stressors, successful restorations, natural habitat features, and different land uses. Participants had the opportunity to network with other organizations, members of the public, and professionals in the field throughout the day while sharing their own experiences.
Stream Steward Training – Cold Creek November 5 & 8, 2011
We had two great days exploring stream ecology, monitoring techniques, and restoration projects on Cold Creek in Northumberland County. The participants were an enthusiastic group, full of questions, and ready to tackle local stream stewardship projects! Thanks to our great partners Lower Trent Conservation, Wildlife Habitat Canada, and Environment Canada for making the training possible!