Streamkeepers Two Day Course for members – June 7 & 8, 2014

Even though these photos have motion blur (because living fish tend to move), one is clearly larger than the other. Both are from the 2012 brood year, but the smaller fish is what we call a 'pinhead'.

The Port Moody Ecological Society is very happy to offer a two day Streamkeepers course, presented by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation on June 7 & 8 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. This course will be held outdoors by our Noons Creek hatchery in the Shoreline Park on Ioco Road.

Registration required – space is limited to 12 and is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. A $50 fee per person cheque is payable to the Pacific Stream Keepers Federation (PSKF) prior to the course  Please post it to the Port Moody Ecological Society, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody BC, V3H 1S1. Mark it for the attention of Sandra Niven.

The handbook is available for $20 on the day or online at http://www.pskf.ca/publications/handbook.html

To register or for more information, please contact Sandra Niven at portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com

With Streamkeepers training, people gain knowledge about aquatic habitats. Everyone, from residents to land developers, foresters, farmers, and ranchers, needs to become aware of how important good watershed practices are to the long term protection of our environment. With Streamkeepers Training, participants will be able to “write a report card” on their waterway in regards to the following topics:

Introductory and Advanced Stream Habitat Survey – The mapping process helps you relate land and water use with stream health in the watershed. You will be able to identify habitats in need of protection or restoration. Documenting habitat problems, such as erosion, insufficient stream bank vegetation, pollution sources, or stream barriers, helps you choose appropriate restoration projects.

Advanced Stream Habitat Survey – This module conducts a detailed habitat assessment and will include measuring water discharge, streambed material, bank stability, stream bank vegetation, overhead canopy, and riparian zone assessments

Water Quality Survey – Water quality measurements provide basic information about your stream. You will learn to measure turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature.

Stream Invertebrate Survey – Invertebrates play an important role in the aquatic food chain. They eat algae, leaves, or organic debris and are food for fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and other insects in the stream ecosystem. The various kinds of invertebrates you find in your stream tell a lot about the health of your watershed.

Streamside Planting: Riparian vegetation is a very important part of a stream ecosystem. Plants stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion, and provide protective cover for fish. Trees provide shade, which helps control water temperatures. Logs fall into the stream, where they create diverse habitat and help dissipate erosion energy. Leaf litter provides an important source of food for stream organisms. Plants trap sediment and filter out pollutants before they reach the stream. They help the soil absorb precipitation and release it slowly during dry spells. The riparian area provides habitat and travel routes for birds and wildlife.

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