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opening 4Welcome 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.

 

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The Annual Celebrate Our River Festival and River Duck Race is coming up on Saturday, August 27th!  Contact us to get your duck tickets now!

[902-963-3198 or kayla@wheatleyriver.ca]

 

 

 

The Wheatley River Improvement Group added 3 new photos.

On Monday the WRIG staff had the opportunity to help electrofish a section of the Wheatley River upstream from Rackham's Pond! The data we collect from electrofishing is used to monitor the population of brook trout in the river and to determine whether rainbow trout are present.
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Celebrate Our River Festival and River Duck Race!

August 27, 2016, 12:00pm

Rackham's Community Pond, Wheatley River, PEI

The Wheatley River Improvement Group's Celebrate Our River Festival and River Duck Race is coming up and you are invited! Join us on Saturday, August 27th at Rackham’s Community Pond for this fun, family-friendly event. This is a great opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors, to meet fellow community members and WRIG staff and directors, and to learn more about your local watershed group and the work we’ve been doing this summer. The BBQ will start at noon with free hot dogs and drinks—donations are greatly appreciated. There will be a scavenger hunt, kid-friendly activities, and watershed information displayed at the pond as well. The River Duck Race will begin at 1:00pm, so bring your family and friends out to enjoy the fun! The rubber ducks are released into Rackham’s Community Pond and race down to the Wheatley River Bridge. There are cash prizes for those who hold the tickets for the first three ducks to cross the finish line so hopefully your duck will be the fastest! Get your duck tickets now from Gallant’s Clover Farm Food Market in Rustico or from one of WRIG’s staff members or directors. Check out our website, www.wheatleyriver.ca, or contact our Watershed Manager, Kayla, by calling 902-963-3198 for more information!

The Wheatley River Improvement Group added 2 new photos.

Update from WRIG by Field Crew Technician, Hailey Blacquiere:

The sunshine doesn’t slow us down! This week has been a busy week as the summer students here at WRIG have been planting trees, doing upkeep at the beautiful Rackham's Pond and doing some stream restoration work off of the Millboro Road. We've planted 578 trees so far!
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The Wheatley River Improvement Group shared PEI Invasive Species Council's photo.

Good to be aware of...
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This weeks post is from Council member, Karen Samis, Assistant Professor, UPEI Biology Department This week, I thought we could focus on the Top 10 Invasive and Horticultural Plants Across Canada. Although I love to see diversity in a garden as much as anyone, we need to be careful to ensure the plants we choose are not also escaping into natural habitats – all the species on this list are or were popular for gardeners at one time or another (many still are) and all have escaped. Although there are numerous invasive plants in Canada, species on the list (which is soon to be posted on the Canadian Council for Invasive Species website) have been identified in more than one province or territory as a top priority species for gardeners to avoid planting. Of the 86 species on the complete list, none are native in Canada, 34 species are regulated provincially and/or federally (note only purple loosestrife is regulated in PEI), all are invasive in more than one province/territory, and several have also been listed on the IUCN 100 worst invasive alien species list. The top 10 most unwanted plants are listed on six or more Grow Me Instead guides (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and/or Ontario, or GMI lists in development by PEI and Northwest Territories). Here’s the top 10 list, in decreasing order of “importance”. How many have you spotted on PEI? 1. Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) 2. Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) 3. Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) 4. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) 5. Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) 6. Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) 7. Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) 8. Creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) 9. Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) 10. Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

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The Wheatley River Improvement Group added 2 new photos.

WRIG was out doing a shoreline cleanup yesterday morning with the crew from the Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group. We were able to spend some time at the Barachois Beach as well as the area east of the Oyster Bed Bridge and collected quite a bit of garbage. We are thankful for our hard-working summer employees!
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Malpeque Climate Consultation

July 13, 2016, 6:30pm

Hunter River Community Center

This PEI community initiative is part of the national Peoples’ Climate Plan, organized by a coalition of groups, including 350.org, Leadnow, the Council of Canadians and many more. The People’s Climate Plan is encouraging MPs across Canada to hold public climate change consultations in their ridings. ECO-PEI is proud to be co-hosting this event with MP Wayne Easter! We recognize the need for immediate climate action and are seizing the opportunity for our voices to be heard. Island individuals and organizations have important knowledge and ideas to contribute to the federal government’s current climate change consultations (letstalkclimateaction.ca) and it's time your voices are heard. With this in mind, a planning group led by the Environmental Coalition of PEI (ECO-PEI) has been working with the four PEI Members of Parliament to plan riding-level Public Consultations on Climate Change to be held this summer. The Malpeque Climate Consultation is the second of four consultations taking place this summer. Hon. Wayne Easter, MP, and ECO-PEI will co-host the Malpeque Consultation on Wednesday, July 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Hunter River Community Centre. Sean Casey, MP, and ECO-PEI will co-host the Charlottetown Consultation on Monday, August 10, 6:30 -9:00 p.m. at Confederation Landing Park. Dates and locations for the Public Consultations on Climate Change in the Cardigan and Egmont ridings will be announced shortly. Proceedings held in each riding will be recorded and fed into the federal information-gathering process. Four expert working groups will be accepting and analyzing public input and drafting the national Climate Change Strategy, based on the following themes: Mitigation; Carbon Pricing; Adaptation and Resilience; and Clean Technology, Innovation and Jobs. Individuals and organizations with practical, specific ideas and information to contribute to the national strategy are invited to make presentations of up to five minutes at any one of the four PEI Public Consultations. For example, anyone who made a submission to the PEI Energy Strategy Public Consultations (held May 30-June 2, 2016) may find their presentation would also fit into the federal process. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether or not they wish to make a presentation. Contact Mitchell Crouse mkcrouse@upei.ca for further information about the consultations in Charlottetown and Cardigan ridings, or contact Ellie Reddin ellie@pei.net for further information about the consultations in Malpeque and Egmont ridings. Contact: Mitchell Crouse (902-218-2972), mkcrouse@upei.ca