Toad Fest 2017 – August 29 (4-7pm) & 30 (9am-noon)
Photo by Barb Houston (from 2015)
This unique annual event at Summit Lake will be a little different this year, as many of the tiny amphibians aren’t ready to cross the road. “The breeding happened earlier than [it has] for decades and we thought that this would actually be past the peak of the toadlet migration, but these toadlets have got tiny tails,” event organizer Angus Glass said. The tiny tails mean the vast majority of toadlets won’t be far enough along in their life cycles for the mass migration. While visitors won’t be helping as many toads cross the highway this year, they can still see tadpoles massing on the shore of the lake, see their predators in action and learn more about the toads. Streamkeepers will have a booth at the event.
Streamkeepers’ Wetland Tour, June 25
Rail Trail’s “Random Acts of Creativity” (celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday)
The Slocan River Streamkeepers participated in the Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society’s event on June 25 from 11:00am till 1:00pm, when Gregoire Lamoureaux offered a very informative guided tour of the wetland-restoration project along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail. (The site is about 2km south of Winlaw and 100 metres north of Filipoff Rd.)
CIP/APP Grant for Springer Cr. Water Testing
Historically, there was mining in the watersed above Springer Creek. We submitted a proposal for funding to collect water and sediment samples from Springer and do metals-content testing for a year. Reflected by valley-resident support on Dot Day, held at Winlaw Hall (Ap. 8), the community approved our request. We’re the grateful recipients of a $985 grant. Thanks go to our initiative’s supporters and to the Community Initiatives Affected Area Programs (Columbia Basin Trust), providers of the funds, and also to the RDCK (regional administrators of the CIP/APP funds) and Walter Popoff (RDCK Area H Director, who established “Dot Day” in Winlaw).
AGM for Slocan River Streamkeepers held at Passmore Hall, May 18, 2017
The six Slocan-River area residents elected to the board of directors are: David Butt; Ryan Durand; Heather Hogarth; Judy Laret; Joel Russ; and Laura Tiberti.
Wetlands and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley
Sunday March 26th 1-3pm
Winlaw Hall, Hwy 6 in Winlaw, BC
Come and join us for these presentations!
Co-existence with the Beavers
Yes, the beavers are still very active along the Slocan River.
Crataegus douglasii (Black hawthorn) in Appledale. March 2017.
Shanoon Bennett Given Award
We’re pleased to report that, on November 25, 2016, Slocan River Streamkeepers’ education coordinator, Shanoon Bennett, was presented with an award from the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN). The award, presented in Fernie to just seven recipients from around the Columbia Basin, is for Environmental Education Excellence. Congratulations to Shanoon for the honour of receiving one. We’re proud of you!
Slocan River Streamkeepers’ Funding Approved
We’ve been successful with our application for funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and National Wetlands Conservation Fund, for our upcoming wetland restoration project. We’re very grateful to both organizations. This wildlife enhancement project specifically consists of creating habitat for a diversity of species including amphibians, painted turtles and also adding some bird boxes and bat houses.
Slocan River Streamkeepers River Paddle, 2016
Around 20 people, Slocan River Streamkeepers members and like-minded associates, convened midday on Saturday June 25 for our annual paddling, restoration-viewing, and discussion session. An amazing variety of water craft embarked on the trip at the Perry’s Bridge (near the Thread’s Guild) heading south to the Winlaw Nature Park. Slocan River Riparian Restoration project sites provided a main focus. The weather favoured us and the journey was a real joy.
Water Quality Monitoring Project
Our region’s WQMP exists as a result of funding support from Columbia Basin Trust. This year Slocan River Streamkeepers have been funded through the WQMP to carry out ongoing monitoring on Lemon Creek. We are very grateful for the support for this important project of ours.
DATES to Keep in Mind…
Streamkeepers get involved in local activities through various festivals and events that come along, many in the summer. Customarily, we hold our AGM in April. Our first annual public participation/presentation, in recent years, has been the Winlaw Water Day, the first Saturday of May. This is a ‘gala’ affair with music of all kinds and includes a festive walk to the Slocan River not far away.
In the beginning of July, we have our River Paddle day, and for the last several years in mid July we’ve had a booth at the Unity Fest, in Slocan city. The Toad Fest comes next and is something to support and celebrate, up at Summit Lake. Depending on climate fluctuations, and the side effects of logging, the toadlets migrate up into the forest toward the end of July and into August. One weekend during this time is selected for the public to help them safely cross the highway.
Toad Fest and all the other events are always written up and advertised in our local paper, The Valley Voice.
Want to Learn More about your Wetland?
If you have a wetland and want to be part of an innovative study, we are looking for sites on private land to be included in our study on wetland health!