Father’s Day in the Butterfly Garden

Our new board member and volunteer co-ordinator (Heather) was down at the butterfly garden this afternoon working away with one of our new volunteers. Thanks Heather and Doug for all your work – it’s a big job but it’s definitely starting to take shape! Anyone interested in helping out please get in touch with us either on Facebook or through out webpage. Thanks!
Butterfly Garden 6

Butterfly Garden 5

Butterfly Garden 4

Butterfly Garden 3

Looking for Volunteers

We are starting to organise to do some work on the Butterfly Garden and re-surfacing some of the secondary trails. If anyone is interested in volunteering please message us here through our Valleys 2000 website or through our Facebook page and we will be in touch. If you’ve previously offered your help and haven’t heard from us – please try again. If you are a student looking to fulfill your volunteer hours over the summer we would definitely like to hear from you. Thank-you for your interest, time and understanding.
Suzanne Barnes
President, Valleys 2000.
butterfly garden 1

butterfly garden 2

resurfacing-1

resurfacing-2

New Executive

Last night Valley’s 2000 had its AGM and a new slate of officers was elected.
President: Suzanne Barnes
Vice President: Bill Humber
Treasurer: Bill Huether
Secretary: Steve Kay
Past President: Frank Lockhart.
We also welcomed new members:
Ron Collis
Heather Cooke
Jesse Parson
Thanks to everyone for taking on these roles (new members and executive).

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing executive:
Frank Lockhart
Harold Hammond
Gail Rickard
as well as outgoing members:
Russ Arbuckle,
Mavis Carlton
Paul McIntyre
for their years of service on the Board of Valleys 2000.

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. This is now closed. Thank-you for your interest.

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!