Friday, August 31, 2012

Stouffville Yellow Fish Road Painting Day

On the hot and sunny Saturday afternoon of August 25, 2012, members of the TUC summer field staff painted parts of Whitechurch-Stouffville yellow! Neighborhoods bordering or near Stouffville creek had yellow fish painted on their storms drains to remind citizens that only water should be going down the drains. As part of our Yellowfish Road™ program door hangers were also handed out to every house on the streets that were painted. Over the course of the afternoon over 65 storm drains were painted with a yellow fish, over 400 door hangers were hung, 1 ½ bags of garbage were collected and a drainage area of 404,000 m² was covered. Fun was had by all!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Stream Assessment & Monitoring Workday

On August 21st, twenty smiling Enbridge Gas Distribution employees came out to help Mary Finch and the TUC summer staff with some local stream assessment and monitoring at Duffins Creek. The Enbridge employees got the chance to use their newly acquired knowledge from the TUC Lunch and Learns on assessment and rehabilitation of streams. Such monitoring is essential for planning and determining successful stream rehabilitation projects. 

Over the course of 3 hours the team finished 14 habitat transects assessing the characteristics of the stream while getting some fun-filled bug ID lessons. Many thanks to the energetic and enthusiastic volunteers. A fun day was had by all!

Enthusiastic volunteers from Enbridge Gas Distrubution

Verifying width and depth of stream 

Measuring rocks to analyze the habitat for bugs and fish

Friday, August 17, 2012

Brock Ridge Community Park Clean-Up

On the beautifully sunny morning of August 16th, TUC summer field staff teamed up with eager Enbridge Gas Distribution employees in Pickering, ON to clean up Brock Ridge Community Park, and more specifically, Duffins Creek. About a dozen volunteers came out to remove litter from the banks of the creek. The simple act of littering can make our beautiful rivers and parks look like a dump, let alone have major ecological effects on the environment. From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 16 bags of garbage were collected by the volunteers and staff. Fun was had by all and remember that littering is not cool!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

TUC @ Celebrate Ajax Waterfront Festival

On August 11th, a blustery Saturday afternoon, the TUC summer field staff hosted Crayfish Craze at the Celebrate Ajax Waterfront Festival in Ajax. Despite less than ideal weather conditions TUC made appearances at Paradise Park and Rotary Park with fun activities, such as fish painting, making tide pool viewers and crazy casting! Even with the rain present dozens of people came out to partake in the fun educational festivities! Fun was had by all!

TUC Team with sand sculptor Nick Blandin

Jeff showing off his work at the fish print station

Out-of-water underwater viewer demonstration by Kirstin and Vee

Friday, August 3, 2012

Crayfish Craze in Ajax - Saturday, August 11th

Come out and join Trout Unlimited Canada for Crayfish Craze at the Celebrate Ajax by the Lake Waterfront Festival next Saturday, August 11 from 12-5 pm at Paradise Park in Ajax!