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Toadfest 2018 at Summit Lake

August 22 & 23, 2018

ToadFest

(Text and photo from Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program: http://fwcp.ca/youre-invited-toadfest/ )

Toadfest 2018 will be at Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp, on:

  • Wednesday, August 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and
  • Thursday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon.

This free, fun, family event, organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, raises awareness of the Western Toad and the other species that call the area home. Come and learn about the toad’s natural history, life cycle, and habitat needs, and check out the other local live animals on display.

Adult toads typically migrate in early spring to breed at Summit Lake. The dime-size toadlets migrate from Summit Lake to upland habitat in the summer.

If there are toadlets in Summit Lake Provincial Park during Toadfest, visitors will get the opportunity carry them safely across the highway. The public are reminded not to collect and move the toadlets across the highway outside of this event.

Thanks to our Toadfest partners: B.C. Parks, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.

For more information contact us at fwcp@bchydro.com or call 250-352-1300.


Slocan River Streamkeepers Society  2018 Annual General Meeting, May 24, 7:00pm Passmore Hall.  All interested Valley residents are welcome.

 


Real-Time Hydrometric Data Graph for SLOCAN RIVER NEAR CRESCENT VALLEY (08NJ013) [BC]

From the Government of Canada – Environment and Natural Resources Website (Link to ENR website)

Hydro

From January 1st to May 17, 2018

Slocan_river_graph

From June 1 (high water) to December 31, 2017


Streamkeepers’ Wetland Tour, June 25, 2017

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 Lamoureux 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).


Wetlands and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

Sunday March 26th 2017 (1-3pm)
Winlaw Hall, Hwy 6 in Winlaw, BC
Come and join us for these presentations!

 


Shanoon Bennett Given Award

shanoon

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!

http://cbeen.ca/cbeen-awards-of-excellence-winners/


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.


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.

Columbia Basin Water Quality Monitoring Project
Columbia Basin Watershed Network


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!

Contact: Darcie Quamme at Darcie Quamme.   See more info at SWAMP


Swamp-Darcie

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