Stream Tender Magazine

June 2015 Issue

Program Partners

New Generation of Trout  -  Successful Hatch on the Upper Spring Creek!

Clearing The Way -  For Trout Migration Upstream on Bighill Creek

Above: Hidden on the bottom of a small, shallow water habitat, a small newly hatched brook trout blends in well with the available substrate. This trout fry hatched in the late winter of 2015 and emerged from the gravel redd (nest) in the first week of May 2015.

    The young of the year (YOY) brook trout will spend its first stage of life seeking the shelter of lateral margin habitats along the main stem of the creek. During the first month of its survival, it is a very poor swimmer and vulnerable to larger predator fish.

Above:  Volunteers open up an old beaver dam that is blocking the migration of trout further up the Bighill Creek. By clearing the passage for trout migrations, the upper reaches of the stream will be re-populated with sport fish. A few hours of volunteer work can make a huge difference in restoring the fishery on a historic trout stream that is in need of a little help. Most of the volunteers are fly fisher’s that have a vested interest in improving the local resource.

Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program Update

    It was nice to see the green buds on last year’s willow plants develop this spring. I observed this happen on all three of the streams that are part of the Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program.

    The success of last year’s plantings is all of the encouragement that we need to start another year of work on Nose Creek, West Nose Creek and Bighill Creek. Along with two tributaries to the Bighill Creek. The tributaries are Millennium Creek and Ranch House Spring Creek.

    Most of the partners that were involved in last year’s program are once again supporting this year’s activities. We welcome Shell Canada to the group this year. Shell was involved in 2013 and it is great to have them back on the team.

    The partners for this year are represented by the logos on the left side of the cover page of this magazine. There may be more to come yet this year and any additional partners will be mentioned in the September issue.

    So far, there is enough support from the partnership to achieve a substantial amount of work this season. Click on the “Read More” link on the photo for more info on this and last year’s program.

“ This Year’s Program is Off To A Good Start “

    With little precipitation during the early spring planting season, most of the plants were planted close to the water’s edge. I am pleased to report that these new plants are doing very well.

Left Photo:

    This Stage One Willow plant was planted on May 16th and the photo was taken on May 25th, nine days later. By the end of the growing season, this and the other early plants will be well advanced in growth.

Right Photo:

These plants are spaced at a metre apart. A telephoto shot of three plants shows their position on the stream bank of West Nose Creek, in the City of Calgary, Alberta. The middle plant hides the new leaf development on the lower part of the cutting.

“Young Volunteers Dig In To Plant Willows Along Nose Creek In Airdrie”

Above: This is a photo of one of the two groups of Grade 5 students from CW Perry Middle School that participated in a willow and tree planting on Nose Creek in the City of Airdrie. The group of 120 student and 14 adult volunteers planted a total of 300 plants along the creek on May 28th. Thanks go out to Crystal Bazar and staff of the City of Airdrie Parks Department, for organizing the event. The group of primarily young people also helped to plant a number of larger willows and trees on the site.

Progress Report for April/May 2015

    With a very early start this spring, the riparian planting program was well under way by May, with a few days of planting also completed in April.

    The first plants were put into the ground on April 29th, which is usually early for this part of the country.

    However, mild weather during March and April brought the frost out of the ground along the creeks early this year. It was nice to get a head start for our planting program.

    So far, the Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program for 2015 has planted a total of 5,937 native willows and trees along the stream banks of the three primary streams.

    The break down of plants planted is as follows:

Bighill Creek —– 2,037

Nose Creek —— 1,000

West Nose Crk.- 2,900

    The total volunteer person hours contributed in this program so far is 401 VPH’s. The good news is that there are plenty more plantings yet to go this year.

 

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