Annual General Meeting (2018)

We had an excellent turnout for our 2018 AGM at Theoretically Brewing. Some highlights, below:

Elections

  • 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

Financials

  • 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

Works

  • 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

2018 Oldman River Chapter Research in Conservation Scholarship recipients Micky Ahn (University of Lethbridge) and Teagan Holt (Lethbridge College).

2018 Oldman River Chapter Research in Conservation Scholarship recipients Micky Ahn (University of Lethbridge) and Teagan Holt (Lethbridge College).

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)

Presentations

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.

Hidden Creek Progress

One of our directors, Murray Dueck, along with his son Byron and Elliot Lindsay from Trout Unlimited Canada, hiked into Hidden Creek a few weeks ago to check on the state of our 2015 bioengineering project. It's looking good, but there is still some work to do. His report and a handful of photos below.

Elliot, Byron & myself hiked up Hidden Creek on Aug 30th to the stream bank rehabilitation site just up stream from the falls. 

The road in had recent quad activity on it which surprised me given that the area has been closed to OHV's since late July. There was a lot of loose dry soil on the road typically which is a concern given that large sections of the road end up draining into Hidden.

The stream was flowing clear and there was enough water for the BLTR to spawn as there are redds visible. I don't know what the normal flow rate is for Hidden at this time of year, but given that everything on the east slope is well below normal, it is likely that Hidden is also well below the average flow rate for this rime of year. The water temperature was just below 9 degrees Celsius. Elliot [Lindsay, from Trout Unlimited Canada] brought his wet suit and snorkel and surveyed about 100 m of stream to observe how many BLTR were present. He counted about 12 BLTR & 30 WSCT in that 100 m stretch.  We didn't do a redd count, but there were some redds that had been flagged, so it looked like some one had been up to survey the stream.

The planting site specifically was in relatively good condition with most of the plantings leafed out and alive. Higher up on the bank the plantings weren't doing as well (see photo) and a lower section has slumped close to the surface of the stream. It is still intact but may wash out next spring depending on how high the flows are. The "new" road around the planting site may be a small improvement, but the road should be removed. Having the road right next to the stream is definitely a problem as there are low points in the road that collect water and sediment that wash into the creek when it rains. Byron's drone footage also shows that there is a wet land above the planting site which may be the source of the springs & seasonal streams that are washing across the road lower down (between the planting site & falls). In some sections the road has captured the seasonal streams and is washing loose soil into the creek.

 

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