Happenings at Bowmanville Creek

In mid April Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s – Lake Ontario Unit. The purpose of the survey is to determine the Rainbow Trout’s growth rate and to determine whether they have contacted any gill lice: a parasite which attacks the fish’s gills and depletes thier oxygen intake. Over all most trout examined were in good health.  Data on length, condition and a few scales are collected to determine the fish’s age.

On April 20  Dave Lawson from Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group, Charlie Hastings ,Gail Rickard from Valleys 2000 and Peter Windolf from the Municipality of Clarington as well as representatives from Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority met with Christiopher Bunt, Ph.D from Biotactic Fish & Wildlife Research regarding a fish counter for the By Pass Channel on Bowmanville Creek. More meetings will be held in regards to how to fund this project, this is just the beginning of some very wonderful opportunities to learn more about the fish that are using Bowmanville Creek.

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group was been busy with their Maiden Spawning Survey

Christiopher Bunt, Ph.D from Biotactic Fish & Wildlife Research and Dave Lawson Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group

Christiopher Bunt, Ph.D from Biotactic Fish & Wildlife Research and Dave Lawson Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group

Fish Counter

Fish Counter

Erosion Repair / Donor Sign

The good news is the erosion at the fish ladder from the rain on Monday has been repaired by the Municipality, the bad news is that in doing so there was a mishap with the donor sign. The Municipality is already in the process of working with Valleys to replace the sign so we will have a new sign in the coming days/weeks. Also on the bright side – no one was hurt.
Thanks to everyone for their efforts and patience with this.

Earth Day April 22, 2015. Cat Awareness

This morning on my walk through the Bowmanville Valley I spotted a gray cat that I’ve seen a few times in recent weeks. On this Earth Day I thought it was worth sharing my thoughts on “outdoor cats”.

Outdoor cats (stray or otherwise) do not actually belong outdoors. They are a domesticated animal and belong indoors. Outdoor cats do severe damage to songbird populations (something that is already in decline due to habitat loss and other factors) and small mammal populations. I’ve seen the occasional cat with a dead moth or butterfly as well – so I’m sure those populations suffer as well. Outdoor cats are exposed to cars/trucks, coyotes, fleas, ticks, West Nile virus, etc. – basically they are exposed to a greater chance of death. Outdoor cats also do their business in other people’s yards and it smells (I speak from personal experience on this one). Why should a non-cat owner have to clean up after someone else’s cat – they didn’t choose to have a cat, if they wanted to clean up after a cat they would own a cat.

I don’t know where this cat belongs by I have reported it to Animal Services – the responsible thing to do because obviously the owner is not being responsible by letting the cat outdoors to annoy and frustrate all manner of beings. It is also obvious the owner (if there is one) doesn’t “love” or respect the cat because they are exposing it to all these additional dangers.

On this Earth Day, especially, showing more respect and caring for this planet we all live on and are responsible for. This is one of my steps in doing so.

Happy Earth Day!

Gray cat, Spry Avenue April 22, 2015.

Gray cat, Spry Avenue April 22, 2015.

Gray cat, Spry Avenue April 22, 2015.

Gray cat, Spry Avenue April 22, 2015.

Gray cat, Spry Avenue April 22, 2015.

Gray cat, Spry Avenue April 22, 2015.

In the news

Bowmanville Creek has made the news again.

http://www.durhamregion.com/community-story/5553073-rainbow-trout-ready-to-jump-ladder-at-bowmanville-creek/

A reminder to pick up after yourselves – after a long cold winter it is evident that not everyone picks up after themselves or their pets. We are all responsible – it’s not “someone else’s job” – it’s your job! Thanks.

Thanks also to the volunteers who have already been out cleaning up other people’s messes – you are wonderful and I know there are more on the way in coming weeks.

Fish on the Run – Migratory survey

CLOCA recently launched a new application used to collect information from the public about fish migrations. They are hoping this tool will help inform timing and the extent of the areas used in the watershed for migratory fish. The more people they can get involved, the more information they will have and the better they can manage our waterways. It may also prove useful for future discussions around the fish way. Many of you spend a lot of time on the creeks and/or know people out there, so any help promoting this to angling groups or trail users would be greatly appreciated! They have tried to design the application so anyone can use it.

Information for the application can be found here – “Fish On The Run” Migration Survey http://cloca.ca/volunteer/fotr_survey.php. Any feedback about the application is always welcome!

Searching for New Board Members

Valleys 2000 is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to develop, enhance, promote and preserve trails, river bank improvements, fish and wild life habitat, and special natural areas along parts of the Bowmanville and Soper Creeks leading to Lake Ontario for the recreation, benefit and enjoyment of residents of the Community. We are currently looking for 1-2 directors to join our board. Responsibilities include monthly meetings, opportunities to interact with the public at local community events and fund raise. If you are interested in joining the board please submit a covering letter and resume stating your interest and related experience by April 10, 2015 by email to landsandresources@bell.net

January Update

We had a very positive and productive meeting this afternoon (January 28th) with the town, CLOCA, Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group and Bowmanville Creek Anglers Association (I hope I got those names right – my apologies gentlemen if I’ve messed them up) – it’s wonderful to see everyone work together co-operatively to share information to make things better.

We hope to meet again in June to discuss the results of the spring trout run.

Also, a quick reminder – if you are feeding the ducks in the pond corn of scratch is best – bread is not a healthy choice for the ducks. Thanks!

December 2014

Wow, it’s almost been a year since the Grand Opening mid December last year and we finally have the signage up, new seating in place and the area around the fishway graded. Plantings along the fence will occur in the spring. It’s been a successful, is slightly challenging first year of operation with more “tweaking” to occur in the spring as CLOCA has plans to speak with local angling groups about any concerns they have.

Congratulations to everyone – this has truly been a team effort by many people. It is amazing what we can succeed at when everyone pitches in and does what they can.donor sign and seat ed signs and seats entrance to fishway from fisheway towards paved path new seat at butterfly garden new seat at pond 1 new seat at pond 2 welcome sign