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The Cornwall and Area Watershed Group invites you to join us at our monthly meetings! When: second Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 8 pm Where: Cornwall Town Hall community room Who: All are welcomed! Please check out our Facebook page for cancellations.

Cornwall and Area Watershed Group

In Response to Covid-19 we want to promote the best practices while you are spending time outdoors to maintain your health and wellbeing. Whether you are bird spotting, fishing, photographing wildlife, or just taking in the landscape step by step, if it is in an area with others who don’t live with you please follow these guidelines. We need to mention that PEI’s fishing season has postponed opening until June 1st, 2020. For more information click here


March 2020 Newsletter

Annual General Meeting! This meeting is held to bring together members of the watershed and the general public, as well as to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. All are welcome! May 13th , 2020 via an online Zoom meeting! Click the link below Join Online Zoom Meeting at 6pm!  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/604279786?pwd=YkZvY2xQdVZ4dU9KelJyYzdQV21vdz09
Meeting ID: 604 279 786
Password:8ciW7x   
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Upcoming Events
May 13th Annual General Meeting on Zoom at 6pm
May 16th Family Fishing Weekend (no license required) Cancelled
June 5th Forest Maintenance at the Naturalization Gallery on Hilltop Drive.
June 15th Trees For Trash Stream Clean Up at Community Gardens.
June 30th We will announce the winner of the Photo Contest. Send us your photos of you hugging a tree, a photo of local wildlife, river, and forests! visit our facebook page for more info.
Summer Employment As in previous years, students will be employed this summer doing watershed enhancement and community stewardship activities beginning July 1st for a minimum of 8 weeks. Does this interest you? Are you aged between 15 and 30? Returning to high school or post-secondary full time? Are you a Graduate? Send your resume! Cornwall_watershed@yahoo.ca
 Big Thanks to Eastern Flight Delta Waterfowl Chapter, who offered to install two waterfowl hen houses on Hyde Pond in March. The houses above the water are where female ducks will incubate their eggs. These houses protect the eggs from predators like racoon, fox, mink, and skunk.
So let’s be keeping an eye out for a nest later in the spring! We will keep you updated if we see any. If you are curious, use a pair of binoculars to see into the house, but please do not disturb the nesting area as you will scare the nester away!
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Are you a wetland property owner? Are you interested in enhancing and rehabilitating wetland function? If so, please contact us on Facebook or by email. We would love to help swing you in the right direction and help get that wetland to its full potential. Contact us at Cornwall_watershed@yahoo.ca

 Fun Facts! Frogs don’t drink with their mouths, liquids are absorbed by their skin. Female frogs are larger than males. This photo is of a Wood Frog!
THANK YOU   A huge thank you to all our Board Members, Volunteers, and Community. Thank you to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Wildlife Conservation Fund, Watershed Management Fund, Jobs for Youth, Employment Development Agency, Skills PEI, Career Bridges and Canada Summer Jobs. Thank you to our municipalities, Warren Grove, Miltonvale Park and Cornwall. A special thank you to all land owners in granting access to their properties so we can maintain easy routes in and out to our worksites!  

December 2019 Newsletter

Merry Fishmas & Happy Holidays

It’s pretty quiet at the CAWG. We have wrapped up our surveys for the year but need to check in and share with you because we have some good answers to your million dollar questions on Wildlife and Fish Habitat!

What is aWildlife Corridor and why do we need them?! Parks, hedgerows, tree lines, green spaces & even graveyards!

Removing Corridor CreatesImpacts include
increase food abundanceincreased population densities of adaptable species (fox, skunk, raccoon, coyote, rat/mice, pigeons, insects)
decrease in natural predatorsincreased reproductive rates of our most adaptable species
increased temperaturesdecreased home range for this wildlife, which will lead to frequent sightings and possible infestation
increased suitable den/shelter siteswildlife frequenting yards, predate on pets, become tame and beg for food scraps, and promote disease spread to a local population (i.e. mange in Ch’Town and Cornwall foxes/coyotes)

What kind of habitat makes a fish stick around? (no pun intended)

Cole’s Brook Fish Study

Completed by Sean Landsman, PhD Instructor, Interdisciplinary Science and Practice Program, Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science
Carleton University
www.seanlandsmanphotography.com

“Our pilot project began 2018…I can give you a short synopsis of what we did. We tracked 59 unique individuals representing a mixture of brook trout and rainbow trout. The take-home from our pilot project is that they do not move much during the summer when we were tracking them. We did not do any formal home range estimates, but anecdotally I can tell you that 1) brook trout appear to be highly associated with coarse woody debris and 2) many of the brook trout used the same woody debris and undercut banks repeatedly over the course of the tracking period, which took place at approximately weekly intervals from July 18 to September 7th. Take-home points from are that brook trout don’t appear to move much during the summer period and will use habitat from mere inches of water to the bottom of deeper pools. In addition, coarse woody debris OF ALL SIZES can provide excellent habitat for brook trout, something that is repeatedly shown in the literature for a wide variety of salmonids. Coarse woody debris should be left in the rivers whenever possible; large-scale debris removal should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.” 

Happy Holidays &  A huge thank you to all our Board Members, Volunteers, and Community. Thank you to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, the Wildlife Conservation Fund, Watershed Management Fund, Jobs for Youth, Employment Development Agency, Skills PEI, Career Bridges and Canada Summer Jobs. Thank you to our municipalities, Warren Grove, Miltonvale Park and Cornwall. A special thank you to all land owners in granting access to their properties so we can maintain easy routes in and out to our worksites!


September 2019 Newsletter

Wrapping up a summer field season safely. The Worker’s Compensation Youth Safety Award 2019 “Focusing on the youth of today is one of the ways to build safe workplaces for tomorrow,” said Stuart Affleck, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. “Seeing our youth develop and apply strong safety values at work is something we can be proud of.” Click here for more info. Hannah was awarded $500 for her safety practice on CAWG.

Hannah MacLean is being recognized for her safe work practices with the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group this summer. “Hannah makes an effort to identify safety hazards as soon as she sees them. She is very aware and can predict a sequence of events, while evaluating for safety, which is a skill on its own,” says her supervisor.

“You’re never too cool to wear safety gear,” advises MacLean when asked what she would tell new and young workers starting out. She admits it can sometimes be challenging to remind co-workers older than she is to work safely, but she is committed to doing so. “Safety is too important to not speak up when you see something unsafe,” she adds. 

Climate Change Can Be Seen! Check out our short local slideshow below

The CAWG summer field crew set out in early July, spending 2 weeks training in Hyde Creek watershed, then tackling Watt’s Creek, in the North River watershed, from the Loyalist Road to the Colville Road. These sections of river are Atlantic Salmon habitat, and we completed the following on 6 km of habitat on Watt’s Creek. Alder management, preliminary brushmatting, debris/blockage removal, and data collection. This was no small task and required 4 of the 8 weeks of continuous work. Two beaver dams were discovered, one in the Hyde Creek, another in Watt’s Creek.

The crew wrapped up their 8 week summer positions with a BBQ and swim at a colleague’s cottage in Rocky Point, and had a fun-day in Cavendish with laser tag and mini golf. They all look forward to returning on summer field crew 2020. They worked tremendously hard all summer, most of them tell me they have to nap when they get home, others have recreational commitments after work, but they all got to bed early and stayed prepared to work the next day!

Sincere Gratitude!   A huge thank you to our Amazing Field Crew, all our Board Members, Volunteers, and Community. Thank you to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, the Wildlife Conservation Fund, Watershed Management Fund, Jobs for Youth, Employment Development Agency, Skills PEI, Career Bridges and Canada Summer Jobs. Thank you to our municipalities, Warren Grove, Miltonvale Park and Cornwall. A special thank you to all land owners in granting access to their properties so we can maintain easy routes in and out to our worksites!  


June 2019 Newsletter

The Winner of the fishing Derby held on May long-weekend is little Miss Anna McCarthy, she caught a brook trout, 25cm long, weighing 100g!
Congratulations Anna, you win a spin-rod, tub of worms, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Gone Fishing!

Check out some other photos from the Derby, We had a turn out of over 80 people! Many youth! Island Falconry came by with their falcons to enjoy the show!

The Queen Charlotte Naval Unit Honoured us with their presence for a Ceremony of Gratitude. They put in great effort to build the Cornwall community two observation platforms. These areas demonstrate local wildlife, identification techniques, and give trail users a place to rest on their travels. Big Thank you to them! We Also would like to thank Julie Pellisier-Lush for opening our ceremony with the drum and welcoming all of us to share in gratitude for mother nature.

A huge thank you to our returning Field Crew members, all our Board Members, Volunteers, and Community. Thank you to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, the Wildlife Conservation Fund, Watershed Management Fund, Jobs for Youth, Employment Development Agency, Skills PEI, Career Bridges and Canada Summer Jobs. Thank you to our municipalities, Warren Grove, Miltonvale Park and Cornwall. A special thank you to all land owners in granting access to their properties so we can maintain easy routes in and out to our worksites!