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1 week ago

The Wheatley River Improvement Group

June 2019 UpdateThe weather is finally getting warmer after this cold spring, that means WRIG’s summer field season is starting. We have many things planned for this 2019 season so keep an eye out!

Last year WRIG had two Alaskan-type fish ladders made to be installed at 2 hanging culvert locations. These ladders are made from aluminium and allow fish passage through a system without having to remove and replace the entire culvert. With the help of the department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy (TIE) these ladders are now installed on the little Bungy Road and the Church road, to help fish access the upper reaches of these tributaries.

WRIG has around 900 trees to be planted in the watershed this season, which will begin in late June. If you know of any specific areas or have an area on your property that could benefit from native trees and shrubs, please contact us. We’d love to partner with you to increase and improve habitat around Luke’s Creek, Cymbria, Chapel Creek, Hornes Creek, Crooked Creek, and the Wheatley River!

Environmental Fun Day is a day where WRIG, in partnership with the Hunter-Clyde watershed Group invite grade 4/5/6 students to come out and learn all about our local environment, natural resources and how we manage and them. There will be presentations on species at risk, fly fishing demonstrations, forest and woodlot management and water quality to name a few. This is a great day for the children, giving them some hands-on experience outside the classroom. We are very excited for this event taking place June 14.

WRIG is happy to join the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) this year. This is a program put on by DFO to see if groupings of different aquatic species, what is called a community, can be used to monitor the health of bays and estuaries. This program ranges from northeastern New Brunswick to Cheticamp, Nova Scotia and all-around PEI, and now in the Wheatley River estuary. Sampling takes place once a month during the summer, we are excited to see what we will find.

If you were unable to make it to the AGM and renew your WRIG membership this year, you can do so online by using the donation option on our website or by mailing in the form found on the membership page at www.wheatleyriver.ca. Not only does the support of our membership help WRIG to continue conservation efforts, a strong membership base is also a measure of success for PEI watershed groups and is an important way to show that we are an active community dedicated to a healthy environment. Please consider renewing your WRIG membership as we look ahead to the summer field season!

-Brittany
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We are now taking applications for full-time summer employment for the 2019 summer field season!! Get your resumes in before the deadline! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

The Wheatley River Improvement Group

April 2019 UpdateHappy April! spring has sprung, and it is defiantly a welcome sight here at WRIG. Things are starting to get going after this long winter, gearing up for the upcoming summer field season.

To start things off WRIG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up! The AGM will take place on Wednesday April 17th beginning at 7:00pm and will be held at the Wheatley River Community Hall, located at 16 Rackham’s Lane, Wheatley River. The guest speaker for the evening will be Kate MacQuarrie, Director of Forest, Fish and Wildlife of Communities Land and Environment. Kate will speak about one of the major funding programs that help many watershed groups across the province do the great work that we do, along with some of the projects it has helped accomplish. A brief business meeting will follow, and refreshments will be served. All are welcome, we hope to see you there!

Over the past two months several waterfowl traps were set in the WRIG watershed. These traps were set by local hunters Geoff Wood and Arnold MacLean, volunteering to band resident ducks for the Canadian Wildlife Service. The ducks were outfitted with metal bands placed on their legs, with a unique code specific for that individual. With this information the Canadian Wildlife Service can monitor migration routes, population status, fitness and age of the individual. WRIG was lucky enough to join in the banding process, all together there was 86 ducks banded between two different species, Mallard and American Black Duck.

If you are interested in becoming a WRIG member you can do so at our AGM, by mailing in the membership form found on our website (www.wheatleyriver.ca), or by contacting us directly by email at manager@wheatleyriver.ca. A family/individual membership costs $10.00 and helps us to continue our work restoring streams, planting trees, and contributing to the overall goal of improving the health of our watershed. As a community environmental group, we rely on the support of our members and volunteers to make the work we do possible. Your support is truly appreciated! We are looking forward to the 2019 field season, and welcome any interested volunteers, who would like to get involved. Also keep and eye out for WRIG job postings in the coming months!

-Brittany
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April 2019 Update

WRIG’s Annual General Meeting

Mark it in your calendars, the Wheatley River Improvement Group’s Annual General Meeting will be held April 17, 2019. The meeting will take place at the Wheatley River Community Hall, just across the bridge in Wheatley River. All are welcome and encouraged join and ask any questions you might have. More information on this event to come in the coming months.
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