Boost your organizational knowledge with a free workshop on fish habitat restoration

BC Wildlife Federation offers free two-day workshops on riparian health and fish habitat restoration in three BC watersheds

These Fish Habitat Restoration & Education Program summer workshops are scheduled at Cougar Creek in Delta, in the Columbia River watershed near Golden, and Abel Creek in Invermere.

This is an opportunity to jump-start your organization’s institutional knowledge by sending one, two or even more members or staff to gain hands-on experience in river and stream health assessment, sampling invertebrates and removal of invasive vegetation.

Environmental NGOs, municipal governments, fish and game clubs, citizen scientists and community groups are all welcome to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity. There is no participation fee, but you must register to guarantee your place.

BCWF Fish Habitat Stewardship workshops provide an open space for hands-on learning and direct access to connections with local First Nations, environmental experts and community outdoor groups.

Community stewardship plays a key role in environmental advocacy and education, so our workshops bring together local groups to share their knowledge and experience on implementing sustainable restoration and monitoring practices. fish habitat and waterways.

The BCWF team empowers workshop participants with the tools and knowledge to restore and maintain healthy waterways and create collaborative communities.

Walleye Habitat Stewardship Workshop 2022

August 6 and 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Columbia River Watershed, Golden, BC

At the 2022 Walleye Habitat Stewardship Workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience in areas such as river and stream health assessments while conducting a rapid assessment of the health of small streams, developed by Cows and Fish. We will cover topics such as water quality measurements and monitoring, invertebrate sampling and their relationship to a healthy watershed. During this free two-day workshop, participants will hear from guest speakers about the traditional use of the area, human impacts, and the importance of this area to native fish and wildlife.

Our speakers include Brian Gustafson, Biologist and Executive Director of the Golden Rod and Gun Club, Kyla Rushton, BCWF Wetland Assessment Coordinator, and members of local First Nations.

Sign up here, if you have any questions please contact the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Team, [email protected]

Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop at Invermere 2022

August 12, 3 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. and August 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Abel Creek, Invermere, BC

Attend the 2022 Invermere Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop to gain valuable insights into fish habitat and stream ecosystem restoration during several in-depth tours of waterways. water along Abel Creek. During this 1.5 day workshop, participants will hear from representatives of the Shuswap Band – Secwepmec First Nation about traditional culture and land use in the Windermere area, human impacts on Abel Creek and recent restoration projects, future plans for restoration and improvement of Kokanee’s population, and more.

Guest speakers include Ben Mitchell-Banks, Director of the Windermere Rod & Gun Club and Chad Fritz of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

Sign up here, any questions contact the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Team, [email protected]

2022 Delta Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop

August 20 & 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cougar Creek, Delta, BC

The 2022 Delta Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop is being held in partnership with the Cougar Creek Guardians. During this free two-day workshop, participants will hear from guest speakers about the traditional use of the area, the impacts of industry, and the importance of this area as a spawning and rearing ground for chum. , coho, cutthroat trout and other native fish and wildlife.

Presenters at this event include Deborah Jones and David Smith of the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers, BCWF staff and other experts in the field.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in areas such as river and stream health assessments, invertebrate sampling, invasive vegetation removal, and have the opportunity to participate in the complexification of stream habitat by building weirs and an exclusion fence! In the fall, we will be holding a second part of this workshop (date to be determined) where you can help us improve the Cougar Creek riparian corridor by planting native trees and shrubs.

Sign up here, for any questions contact the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education team, [email protected]

Aubrey L. Morgan