We had an excellent turnout for our 2018 AGM at Theoretically Brewing. Some highlights, below:
- Each member of the executive was reelected:
o Josh Markle, President
o Andrew Beaton, Vice-President
o Morgan Schaufele, Secretary
o David Hrudey, Treasurer
- Richard Burke will continue on in the role of Past President
- David took us through 2017’s financials and we are well-positioned to continue our work for the next three years (our casino funding cycle)
- Our 2018 to 2020 budget is tentatively set – more details to follow
- Hidden Creek
o We have a significant amount of work scheduled this year for Hidden Creek
o Several workdays are planned for summer and fall, which includes willow harvesting and building wattle fences – this is a great volunteer opportunity
o Murray Dueck (Director, Hidden Creek) will also lead a hike/bike survey of Hidden in the first week of July (tentative) – this is another excellent opportunity to get boots on the ground
- Girardi Creek: we still plan a bank restoration workday on Girardi Creek, a tributary to the Crowsnest River, at some point this spring/early summer
- Temperature Loggers: the Chapter recently purchased 18 temperature loggers with the intent of installing and monitoring them in Pincher, Chipman, and Hidden creeks – we will need some help with this, so please let us know if you are interested
Research in conservation Scholarships
We awarded scholarships to two individuals for their work in our watershed:
Teagan Holt from Lethbridge College received $500 for her work on profiling the transportation of aquatic invasives (Zebra and Quagga mussels) in Alberta.
Micky Ahn from the University of Lethbridge received $1000 in support of his effort to characterize the complex relationships between parasite load and host biodiversity.
Thanks to you both for your important work!
And a big thanks to our scholarship committee: John Derksen (Lethbridge College), Andreas Luek (University of Lethbridge), and Lorne Fitch (Professional Biologist)
We were lucky to take in four presentations at our AGM:
Dominique Primeau (Lethbridge College): Tiger Trout Angling in Alberta: Results from the Black Nugget Mine Pit Creel Surveys
Micky Ahn (University of Lethbridge): Parasites and Host Biodiversity
Teagan Holt (Lethbridge College): Profiling Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Inspections
Jeremy Benson (University of Lethbridge): Westslope Cutthroat Trout Winter Habitat Distribution at a Watershed Scale in Small Mountain Streams of Southern Alberta
A big thanks to all of our presenters. For those who missed out, Jeremy Benson put together a short clip of cutties, bulls, and the occasional whitefish eeking out existence at sub-zero - watch below!
We didn't get around to discussing much of our work for 2018, including education and outreach in partnership with the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and in the classroom, work on the Burmis and Hillcrest leases on the Crowsnest river, our angler diary program, and more - stay tuned for further updates.
And we hope to see you at our next meeting: May 31, 2018, 6 - 9 PM, Theoretically Brewing.