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SSWA BLOG

Week 1 - Back in Action!

The SSWA crew is back in action and we hope that you are all just as excited to read about our adventures as we are to write about them. Our team is embarking on another exciting, action-based season, full of conservation work on the South Shore. Our focus this year will be restoring headwaters; the very tops of our water courses where it all begins! Surveys were conducted this week to begin assessments on the head waters.

SSWA is welcoming back North American Wildlife Technicians, Matt Meenink and Jean-luc Duguay! Both are returning to the South Shore to lead our teams once again through watershed work as supervisors! 

At the beginning of the week, we spent time taking inventory of our equipment, organizing the office space, and dusting off the ol’ waders! 

Wednesday marked the first day of the season for water quality testing. We are grateful to share equipment with the PEI Watershed Alliance along with other watersheds to conduct this type of testing. Parameters tested are phosphorous and nitrate levels, along with temperature. These measurements help us continue our restoration efforts. 

We were excited to meet with Simon Wilmot, Forest Habitat Specialist for the PEI Watershed Alliance, to discuss managing invasive species while creating wildlife habitat in our watershed. We were thrilled to hear of how wonderful the Tryon Trail is for its diverse flora & fauna.

Towards the end of the week, we deployed several one-metre squared boards made of either wood or steel as part of our amphibian survey. The boards will lay untouched in their areas, and in two months time they will be checked for (hopefully) sightings of salamanders!! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Love, Team SSWA

2022 Season Coming Soon!

Over the course of the winter months, our team has been working hard making sure all is in order to begin our exciting summer work season! 

The SSWA team welcomed certified Wildlife Technician, Jennifer Woods, to the full-time staff this winter. Jenn has 3 years of experience working with local PEI watersheds. She has been updating our website, assisting with funding applications, and designing new projects for the season ahead.

Our Annual General Meeting was held on April 27, 2022 where we were lucky to have Government Fisheries Biologist, Rose MacFarlane, present the importance of monitoring, managing and reducing the impacts of aquatic invasive species – Thank you to all who attended!

We wrapped up the Annual Photo Contest for this year; winners were announced at the AGM. Winners and honourable mentions can also be viewed here! 

SSWA is looking forward to having awesome students join us once again  this summer to help us with the field work around the watershed.

Stay tuned for more weekly updates about the watershed!