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We finally got the last of the "Dorian" damage at Rackham's Pond cleaned up! Thank you to all our helpers. ... See MoreSee Less

We finally got the last of the Dorian damage at Rackhams Pond cleaned up! Thank you to all our helpers.Image attachment

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The Wheatley River Improvement Group

October 2019 UpdateThe Wheatley River Improvement Group (WRIG) has wrapped up another successful summer field season! In total, WRIG planted 1300 trees within the boundaries of the watershed, restored 5.8km of stream, installed 8 brushmats, planted and maintained a new pollinator garden at Rackham’s Community Pond, as well as participated in multiple collaborations and community events! A big thank you to all the hard work from watershed manager Brittany Maclean and the productive field crew – Charlotte Large, Taylor Gallant, and Garett MacDougall. WRIG has welcomed me back as watershed manager after a year-long maternity leave, and I am really looking forward to once again being involved with all the great work that WRIG does.

Also, thank you so much to everyone who supported WRIG by taking part in our Celebrate Our River Day and River Duck Race! Even though we had a bit of rainy weather to begin with, we still had over 280 ducks entered in the race! It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces. It is largely due to your support that we are able to complete the restoration work we do. Thank you!

One of WRIG’s bigger projects for the summer was the installation of a 500 square foot pollinator garden at Rackham’s Community Pond in August. The goal of this project was to create more food sources, pesticide protection, and habitat for local pollinators such as bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, beetles, bats, and hummingbirds. Pollinators are an essential part of local ecology but unfortunately their habitats are often threatened or destroyed by pesticide use and urban planning. By planting a variety of flowering species that bloom at different times of the year, we can ensure that pollinators have their needs met during the spring, summer, and early fall. The pollinator garden includes species such as milkweed, butterfly flower, rock cress, creeping phlox, kobold, wild rose, bee balm, and cone flowers of different varieties. In order to serve our local pollinators, the pollinator garden will demand careful maintenance in the coming years. As all the species in the garden are perennials, they will die back in the late fall and return in the spring sprouting more blooms. With regular attention and care, the pollinator garden should grow quite dense with blooming plants within four to five years. We’re currently working on some new educational signage to be installed next to the garden to complete the project.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas you have. We can be reached at manager@wheatleyriver.ca. Enjoy the lovely, albeit chilly, month of October!
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Tonight at 7pm in Hunter River! ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight at 7pm in Hunter River!

A celebration of land - tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

A celebration of land - tonight!

Great news about 2K, a piping plover from the Barachois Beach! ... See MoreSee Less

Great news about 2K, a piping plover from the Barachois Beach!Image attachment

Made lots of headway this morning! Clearing Dorian destruction at Rackham's pond. ... See MoreSee Less

Inviting all to come out and help tomorrow morning at Rackhams pond to clean up after Dorian! ... See MoreSee Less

WRIG welcomes Maggie back as watershed manager for the year! Welcome back Maggie!! ... See MoreSee Less

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