Welcome to the home of Wheatley River Improvement Group, a non-government, not-for-profit organization dedicated to protection and management of The Wheatley River, Cymbria, Chapel Creek, Oyster Bed Bridge, Hornes Creek and Luke’s Creek Watersheds.
COVID19 UPDATE: Please note we are generally fully operational with crew members out in the watershed. The board members are meeting regularly and we are accessible via phone or email. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us here
2 weeks ago
WRIG is excited to announce that its photography contest has returned! This year’s categories include land, water, and wildlife. Submit your favourite photos from the Wheatley River and surrounding watersheds to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1, 2021. The contest will be judged by professional photographer John Sylvester and the winning photos will be displayed at the 2021 Winter Woodlot Tour, as well as being published in the County Line Courier, on WRIG’s website, and social media. PRIZES available! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago
The new signage for Rackham’s Pond brightened our day, so here are some summer flowers to brighten yours! WRIG maintains a demonstration pollinator garden in the community park that provides food sources, pesticide protection, and habitat for local pollinators such as bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, beetles, bats, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. The garden was created in 2019 with support from the Wildlife Conservation Fund, and has ~blossomed~ under the continued care of community members and WRIG staff.
The flowers are:
1. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
2. Orange Echibeckia, a cross between Echinacea (coneflowers) and Rudbeckia (brown-eyed Susans)
3. Whorled Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)
4. Fall Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
5. Purple Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
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This is so good!
3 weeks ago
The Wheatley River Improvement Group published a note.
1 month ago
September 2020 UpdateWe’ve wrapped up another successful summer field season at WRIG! We had an exciting and productive summer thanks to our excellent field crew. We really appreciate all the hard work that was done by our crew, consisting of: Tessa Craig, Field Crew Supervisor; Izzy Fitzpatrick, Riparian Health Assessment Technician; and, Sam Pastoor and Kale Parnham, Field Technicians. It was very beneficial to have received student funding for 2 positions for 12 weeks from Skills PEI and for 2 positions for 8 weeks from the Canada Summer Jobs program and PEI’s Jobs for Youth program.
With a larger crew, we accomplished a great deal these past 3 months. In total, WRIG planted, watered, and weeded about 700 native trees & shrubs on 10 properties in the watershed! We also planted about 75 new flowering plants in and around the pollinator garden at Rackham’s Pond. The crew spent quite a lot of time maintaining and restoring the Pond area, including spreading mulch around the gardens and along the trails. The crew also walked about 3 km of the main branch of the Wheatley River to remove blockages, to clear excess debris, and to remove invasive bittersweet nightshade plants. In addition, they conducted riparian health assessments along this section of the river and installed a number of silt-catching brush mats. Every week, water quality was monitored at 20 sites in the watershed, and every month, a canoe survey to the Oyster Bed estuary was conducted to assess for signs of anoxia. Finally, the crew collaborated with neighbouring watershed groups to provide information to the public at a weekly pop-up booth, to build nesting boxes, to conduct shoreline clean ups, and to share learned skills amongst the groups. Well done team!
Our major project for the summer was to build an additional wing deflector to create a "pinch" in the river where an existing structure was built in 2017. We also built out onto another existing structure further upstream to make more of an impact to that section of the river. This work took place along the straight portion of the Wheatley River upstream from Rackham’s Pond. Previous to these builds, the river was over-widened and homogenous, lacking diversity, depth, and cover for fish. The wing deflectors are triangular structures that divert water flow to facilitate the creation of a pool on the downstream side and assist in re-establishing the natural meander pattern during high flow periods. A healthy river has a sequence of pools for fish refuge as they move upstream and this portion of the Wheatley River did not provide that. Our overall goal is to work to improve fish habitat in this area. We will be monitoring the success of all of the structures in the spring because they do the most work during high flow times. This work would not have been possible without the incredible help of the Bedeque Bay (BBEMA) and the Hunter-Clyde (HCWG) watershed crews!! We would also like to thank the Wildlife Conservation Fund for generously supporting this project.
More details and photos of all of the activities conducted over the summer are described by Tessa Craig and posted on our website (check it out at: wheatleyriver.ca; go to “Activities -> Summer Field Work 2020”). ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Tessa & Izzy installing a wood duck nesting box on their last day of summer field work! ... See MoreSee Less
This week we completed our major project for the season! We built an additional wing deflector to create a "pinch" in the river where an existing structure was built in 2017. We also built out onto another existing structure further upstream to make more of an impact to that section of the river. This work would not have been possible without the incredible help of the Bedeque Bay (BBEMA) and the Hunter-Clyde (HCWG) watershed crews!! We would also like to thank the Wildlife Conservation Fund for supporting this project. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done team !!