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The Fruits of Our Labour!

Why did the fish blush?

Anadromous fish spend up to few years of their life cycle in freshwater and mature in the ocean before returning to their native river to lay their eggs. There are many recent Island studies that show a very close relationship between the amount of woody debris in a river, and the amount of healthy fish habitat.

Currently there is a study underway in Cole’s Creek of the North River Watershed to establish data of the impacts from a municipal high capacity well on environmental flows and fish habitat. Here is the study below.

Ever Wonder?

Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) habitat overlap with wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in natural streams: do habitat and landscape factors override competitive interactions?

This summer field season we were helping a PhD student with his collection of fish data, his study is taking a closer look at the relationship between the amount of woody debris in a river, and brook trout.

So why did the fish blush?….. well because he seen the ocean’s bottom of course!

UPEI’s Bruno Mendonca and assistant Mark with CAWG wildlife and field technicians Matthew McIver and Jamaal Scott, identifying, measuring, and recording fish captured in Cole’s Creek PEI.

Before and After Photos of a Brushmat and a Digger log.

What Do You Get When You Put Six Ducks In a Box?

There is duck boxes and then there are hen houses. While a duck box gets installed in a tree, hen houses get installed on the water. Duck boxes are for cavity nesters like Wood Duck and Mergansers. While hen houses are for Mallard Duck and these ingenious houses provide shelter, nesting materials, and protection for mother ducks and her eggs from predators like fox, raccoon, crow, skunk, and mink, at least until they hatch as ducklings and are ready to swim.

In March 2020 the Eastern Flight Delta Waterfowl Chapter offered to install two waterfowl hen houses on Hyde Pond for the mallard ducks. The houses will be monitored for nesters, eggs, and ducklings over the next year. Sometimes it can take two years until a hen decides to use the house. So let’s be keeping an eye out for a nest later in the spring! Will you keep us updated if you see any activity in them? If you do get 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!

The Eastern Flight Delta Chapter members are waterfowl hunters that support, and deliver, conservation initiatives like these to give back to the waterfowl population. Learn more about the PEI Eastern Flight Delta Chapter, or you have an idea for waterfowl conservation activity please visit

For Information on Hen houses visit

Join us for our monthly meetings!

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 pmWhere: Cornwall Town Hall community roomWho: All are welcomed! Please check out our Facebook page for cancellations.

So What Do You Get When You Put Six Ducks In a Box?

…A Box of Quakers Of course!!hahaha

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