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Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group: A Glimpse into the Exciting World of Watersheds on Prince Edward Island

2012 Summer Blog

August 28 2012 SUMMER CREW SIGNS OFF…

It’s always a sad day to say goodbye to a summer crew; although we have already said adieu to Carter Livingstone, we also want to say goodbye and good luck to Iain Cudmore, a VALUED member of the team! Iain’s quick wit and computer skills have made him a joy to have around this summer. Good luck at UPEI Iain, and we hope to see you at some of the volunteer events in the near future!

August 22, 23, 24, 27  REPORTS AND MAPS GALORE!

Iain is now using his computer expertise to amalgamate all of the information acquired throughout the detailed Coastal Zone Assessment to develop maps and a report for the group. Tedious and long work, but he is up to the task! He will also be completing the 2012 Summer Crew Final Report in lieu of a supervisor’s report. Can’t wait to see all of the work you guys did summed up into a report!!

August 21 LAST CALL FOR TREE TRAYS AND POTS

So Many Pots and Trays

Carter was off to Public Works to work for the remainder of the summer; Kelley and Iain took care of the ‘housekeeping’, which included organizing and packing up all of the tree trays and pots from the entire summer and taking them back to Forestry…without all of the earwigs of course!  They put back the final equipment and materials in the fieldhouse for the last time, and Iain is on his way to develop the spreadsheet and maps for the Coastal Zone Assessment and final report. He’s in his glory on the computer!

August 20 TREE TIME

One Last Crack at Planting (Pondside Park)

Carter and Iain planted the very last of the trees today! It’s always a little sad to see the empty spot where trees stood all summer long, but it’s satisfying to know that hundreds and hundreds of trees were planted in 2012. They finished up Kinlock creek, ‘plunked’ more down in Keppoch Park (to the right of the gravel parking lot) and then finished with eastern hemlock planting in the Pondside woods. They also added some wild raisin to the buffer zone at Pondside. It was a productive day!

SAWIG wants to take this opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to Carter, who’s last day is today. He was a workhorse to say the least, and will be missed by Kelley and the rest of the SAWIG group! Good luck at UPEI this year!

August 16 ONE LAST ROUND AT PARKS

After begging to go with parks one more time, Carter and Iain were off to help Brandon, Sam and the boys.  They were going to help finish up some of the summer work, and have one last hang-out! In the afternoon, they decided to take advantage of the low tide to finish up the Coastal Zone Assessment. 15 kilometers later and the entire watershed coast has been mapped and assessed. AWESOME job guys; couldn’t have done it without you!!

August 15 PICK AXES ALL AROUND?

MacNeill Field Planting

Back to MacNeill Field for the continuation of tree planting. The soil is tough and almost pure shale; it’s been a rough road for all of the workers to even get deep enough to plant the trees. Who knew it would be so hard to plant a tree…or 20? Good job guys for sticking it out! The park will look fantastic when it’s all finished!

August 14 THEM’S BE BIG TREES

Reeve’s Estates Planting

Carter and Iain resumed work with MacPhail Woods in Reeve’s Estates and MacNeill Ballpark to get those humungous trees planted! Planting went fairly smoothly in Reeve’s, but apparently MacNeill is a tough shell to crack!

August 13 MACPHAIL IS IN THE HOUSE…OR PARKS RATHER

Starting the Planting at Reeve’s Estates Park

MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project has made their way out of the classroom and into Stratford parks! The Town of Stratford has allotted part of their budget towards tree planting in the community (hooray!), and this year MacPhail will be planting at Reeve’s Estates, MacNeill Field and Williams Gate. The crew will be helping these guys with digging the huge holes for 10-15 foot trees to go in for shade tree, delineation and diversity purposes! It’s a hot, muggy day… it’s a good thing they have a great supervisor who brings ice cream treats to them!! 🙂

August 10 THE TREES ARE IN, THE TIDE IS OUT

Carter and Iain Walking Up Duffy Road After Doing Some Coastal Zone Assessment

The guys spent the first part of the morning planting trees at Kinlock Creek to continue on with the planting started by the 2011 summer crew. It was great to see how many trees survived the winter and dry summer there; hopefully these well-planted trees will be as successful! They spent the latter part of the morning and the afternoon continuing on with the coastal zone assessment. One more walk and they will have completed ~15 kilometres of assessment!

August 9 PARKS PARKS PARKS

As per usual, the boys were working with Parks today. They did a lot of work at MacNeill Field among various activities passed onto them by Jason and Wes!

August 8 A FRUITCAKE OF ACTIVITY

Initial Wildflower Bed at Cotton Park

What a busy day! First stop was picking up about 150 trees from Forestry for further planting within the watershed. Carter and Iain briefly helped Parks with painting their float (for the Gold Cup parade), before heading off to a Stratford resident to dig up indigenous wildflowers for placement in Cotton Park. While the tide was low, the boys headed off to partake in another Coastal Zone Assessment session, then the hot afternoon was spent creating a new wildflower bed around the new art installation at the park. The ground was as hard and dry as cement, so many loads of topsoil and sand were needed! Good job with the initial bed guys!

August 6 CREEP TO THE COAST

The boys are back at the coastal zone assessment in the morning, as the tide was fully out and the weather was perfect. Can’t wait to see what they come up with for information and photos today!

August 3  ASSESSMENTS AND PLANTING GALORE!

A Familiar Site in the Stratford Watershed

Carter and Iain were busily planting trees along Boyers Creek, continuing what they began last week in helping fill in the buffer zones adjacent to the creek. It looks awesome; will be nice to see the buffer in a few years’ time!  They are spending the VERY HOT AND MUGGY afternoon at the beach, continuing the Coastal Zone Assessment. Can we pick the coastal days or what? 🙂

August 2 BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – PART DEUX

Getting Ready for the Ball Tournie

As per usual, the boys spent Thursday with Parks and Rec, helping to prepare and ready MacNeill Field for the ball tournament beginning on Friday. The Parks crew, as usual, were thrilled to have them along and snapped a few photos to catch them working!

August 1  RAIN AND REC

As Kelley had to be delayed in the morning, the boys went with Parks for the morning to help out with anything they needed help with.  Then with the arrival of the MUCH needed rainfall, they decided to stay and help the Town with some indoor projects. Work work work!

July 31  PISQUID PLANTING

The boys headed to the Pisquid area to help out their watershed group; this is done in the spirit of cooperation, as Pisquid group is part of the Hillsborough Area Watershed Co-op along with SAWIG.  They helped plant hundreds of trees in their area. Thanks a lot Iain and Carter for assisting Pisquid!

July 30  BACK TO BIRCH!

Birch Creek After Enhancement

Coastal Zone Assessment

We went back to Birch creek to finish up the creek (where we have been given landowner permissions, of course!); this took the morning to complete and was worth every minute. What a fantastic looking stream!  It was an incredibly hot day and we thought it was definitely time to start the Coastal Zone Assessment.  The watershed group wants to take a detailed look at the coastal area in Alexandra, Stratford and Fullerton’s, to see what the condition of the shoreline is, as well as areas in need of planting and protection. Finally, we want to see how much armoured coastline exists, and how it’s helping to slow the rate of erosion.  We started out at Burke’s Creek in Alexandra, and worked our way to Kinlock Beach. Thanks to Town of Stratford summer employee Brandon for helping us out!

July 26  TOWNIES

The boys worked with Parks today. As much as they enjoy watershed work, they do love getting the chance to help out the town and hang out with Brandon, Sam and all of the other seasonal municipal workers!

July 25 BACK TO BIRCH

We went back to Birch Creek to continue with out stream restoration. We are a proud crew to say that we put in 2 brushmats, the first two ever to be constructed in the Stratford watershed! Somewhere, we can hear other, more rural, watersheds laughing, as they put in dozens over the course of a summer! We spent the morning at the creek, stopping for lunch at a V in the stream. We are going to go back to continue on later in the week. The afternoon, as it is so beautiful, was spent tree planting along the buffer zones of Boyer’s Creek, which desperately needed trees and shrubs to ‘bump’ up the buffer.  Good stuff guys!

July 24 BIRCH CREEK

Before…

After!

It’s exciting to get into a stream that has never been worked on; this was the case with Birch Creek in Alexandra. We enthusiastically entered the stream to find a number of spots right from the get-go that needed clearing out and brushmatting. Too bad the pouring rain spoiled our afternoon outdoor activities!

July 19 POPULAR CREW

Iain Shakin’ it Up with the Town

They were still needed by Parks & Recreation on Thursday, and they went off to help them work on the posts and with painting and maintenance. As much as I appreciate having them around, I can’t believe how much the Town sings their praises! Wonderful to hear 🙂

July 18 BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

Trees Aching to be Planted!

It’s always important to revisit areas that were previously completed in order to see if all is well! The boys went back to Jenkins Pond (Clearview Estates) to see how the trees, planted in 2011, were faring. They planted ~80 trees to replace some dying/dead ones, but were happy to report that many of the species were alive and thriving in their new home. Great to hear when the survival rate is high!!  The crew was needed by Parks and Recreation in the afternoon to help erect posts in Tea Hill Park; they happily went off to help!

July 17 THE GRAND RETURN TO KINLOCK CREEK

Debris to Haul Out!

We finished up Kinlock Creek (both branches) and after discovering a fairly substantial pile of construction debris, we hauled that out to Saints Crescent to be picked up for disposal.  Heavy lifting day indeed!

July 16 PONDSIDE PARK

After a restful weekend the boys are back and ready to work! First order of business was to spray paint the equipment and tools with bright orange paint in order to see them in the streams and grass..we had some close calls! They continued the birdhouse/bathouse theme and put some up in Pondside Park. They took the rest of the day for this, as well as planting some more trees and shrubs in the areas that have been designated for non-mowing.

July 14 COTTON PARK VOLUNTEER DAY

Carter Putting up Birdhouses

Carter was the only crew member available to help us out with the volunteer day, but he grabbed a ladder, screwdriver and houses and helped us out with the motivation of 5 people. Great job Carter! Approximately 30-35 birdhouses and bathouses were put up in the park…we can’t wait to see if they get used next spring!

July 13 KINLOCK CREEK AND MORE TREES!

Putting up Posts for Birdhouses

One of (possibly) hundreds of tadpoles we saw bouncing around the wetland!

Carter and Kelley (Coordinator) Deciding Where to Put Trees!

We decided to erect the posts that would be used to hang birdhouses on around the park; this way volunteers tomorrow would not have to worry about having to pound posts. We also put up birdhouses on the nesting island in the pond, as well as the wetland adjacent to the pond. We saw an amazing amount of tadpoles in the wetland; they had legs etc. but still had their tail. What an awesome sight! The crew stepped into the stream for the first time this summer, much to their excitement! Never has a crew been so enthusiastic to get into waders! Next up was planting at William’s Gate subdivision.The Town asked us to plant trees to help delineate the new park space; we were more than happy to do it! We worked at Kinlock creek,  to remove any manmade or natural debris that is impeding the flow. 2011 crew started it last year, and we just came along and maintained the previous work. Fun times! We spent the afternoon tree planting…they are getting quick with the shovels!

July 12 PARKS AND RECREATION

Cleaning Up a New Green Space

The watershed group works very closely with the Town of Stratford, and the summer crew will be helping out Parks and Recreation with whatever jobs they need extra bodies for! Today they worked with Parks, and the boys love a chance to hang out and with alongside other guys their own age.

July 11 COTTON PARK AMONG OTHER THINGS

Vista Bay

Today Kelley and the crew met with Rosemary Curley, Wildlife Biologist with Department of Environment, Labour and Justice, to discuss the positioning of birdhouses and bathouses in Cotton Park for the upcoming Volunteer Day. It was a beautiful morning for a walk around the park, and great to chat with Rosemary about wildlife in the area! The crew then returned to Vista Bay to finish up their planting for the summer, and trees were planted at the Soccer Complex. Busy day for all!

July 10  TRAINING DAY

Watershed Training for Employees All over!

Unrelated to the 2001 Denzel Washington movie, the crew traveled countless kilometers to Richmond. For a small town outside Summerside, Richmond had some pretty amazing sites we walked through. Learning everything from safety to streamwork, the two guides really did a  great job.

July 7 SO…MANY…STRAWBERRIES

The crew helped out at the Stratford Annual Strawberry Festival, acting as enthusiastic gophers, cleaners and happy watershed employees!

July 6 VISTA BAY for ANOTHER DAY…

We are back at Vista Bay Golf course and Chalets; they love having us and we love planting trees there! They did move on to help with the Strawberry Festival setup in the afternoon…sure wish we had taken a photo of Carter and Iain blowing up and decorating dozens of red balloons!

July 5 VISTA BAY DAY and TREE DELIVERIES

Tower of Tree Pots

The crew spent most of the day planting trees at Vista Bay golf course, and what a day it was! With the help of a little rain to keep us cool, SAWIG’s giant pot-holder totem pole stood for it’s first time. After a full day of planting, we finished with a tree watering followed by a double park clean-up and managed to make it home in one piece.

We also delivered trees to happy landowners who requested native trees and shrubs!

July 4 TREES AND …TREES

Where oh where are the trees?

The boys started out with a few tree deliveries…biggest order went to Vista Bay Golf Course for the boys to plant shortly. As requested by Parks&Recreation supervisor Jason, the boys planted trees and shrubs along Connally Drive to prevent people from driving into the newly formed green/park space. They revisited Brehaut’s Creek in Alexandra, to scope out the success of the trees planted last year and planted more this year to replace the dead ones. Productive day!

Week of June 25-29 CARTER STARTS

Cleanup of Metal and Garbage in the New Park in Stonington!

Carter started a week early, along with our original supervisor (who left to pursue another position). Carter worked with Parks and Recreation until the rest of the summer crew could be hired. Thanks for helping out the municipality Carter!

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