Let’s See What Staff Discovered
Now that summer is coming to an end, our monitoring, restoration and forestry staff are beginning to pack up their field equipment and prepare for the winter, when they will analyze their summer findings. Field staff find some amazing species of wildlife and capture some incredible photos throughout the summer. Here are just a few of the amazing things staff discovered this season:
Feel Good Moment
In October, our staff found a garter snake looking for refuge in our head office. The snake’s tail was badly injured. CVC staff volunteered their time and brought the snake to a rehabilitation centre. The tail healed beautifully and staff were able to successfully release the snake back into nature by our office in May.
Hungry, Hungry Gull
Staff watched a gull devour an adult sea lamprey along the Credit River. Unlike the native American brook lamprey, the sea lamprey is an invasive, parasitic species that is harmful to native fish in our watershed.
Observing wildlife in the future Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, has been incredible. We have already monitored dozens of native fish species in the newly constructed wetland, as well as several native insects, bird species and mammals. Staff hide waterproof cameras around the site to capture images of wildlife – and the pictures do not disappoint.
Turkey vulture young are so cute with their white fluffy feathers. While on a landowner’s property, CVC staff stumbled upon a turkey vulture nest in a barn. Females generally lay two eggs at a time.
Part of the work our field staff conducts is visiting pollinator gardens throughout the watershed to make sure they’re properly maintained and thriving. Throughout several visits, staff captured beautiful insects enjoying these landscapes.
Beautiful Bald Eagles
Seeing one bald eagle is an amazing experience, but seeing three at one time? That’s a win! While headed into CVC’s head office, staff member Jon Clayton spotted three bald eagles drying out after a morning rain.
More Roots in the Ground
This season, our incredible planting teams planted 41,151 trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses across the Credit River Watershed, which included tree planting events, private landowner properties and municipal grounds. Our hard-working staff at Warwick nursery potted 53,150 plants to be grown for future projects. We’re grateful to everyone who helped plant these trees and shrubs – especially our volunteers!
Year after year, the Credit River Watershed continues to surprise us. To keep the watershed thriving for generations to come, there’s a lot of work to be done. Learn how you can get involved in programs and activities to improve the health and learn about our watershed.
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By Kimberley Laird, Associate, Marketing and Communications