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Island watersheds through habitat restoration and community engagement"

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MVIHES Hosts 2 Events for Brandt Festival

The Brandt Wildlife Festival is a spring celebration held each year in Parksville and Qualicum Beach to welcome thousands of migratory birds, including the Brandt Geese, along with fish and marine mammals. The Brandt are here to feed and rest before heading on a long journey north to their nesting grounds.

We are hosting two events for the festival:

EnglishmanRiverMarch 24 – Englishman River Regional Park
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Meet at the gate into the park which is located at the end of Allsbrook Road
Join the us on a walk in this beautiful park and learn about the river and fish. This tour will be an easy 2 hour walk on trails paralleling the Englishman River and/or the Clay Young Channel. The Clay Young Channel is an important spawning and rearing habitat zone for the Englishman River. Learn about the history of the area and see points of interest with members of Parksville’s streamkeeper organization.
Attire: The trails are fairly flat so only comfortable walking shoes or boots are necessary
Admission: FREE

beachseining2March 27 – Beach Seine at the Englishman River Estuary
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Meet at the gate to the Englishman River Estuary at the parking lot at the end of Shelly Road in Parksville
We need volunteers to help us collect fish and invertebrates in a seine net along the Englishman River Estuary, and then transfer them to viewing tubs to catalogue before returning them to the water. Some of you have been involved in our beach seining surveys in the estuary for a few years now. The estuary is owned and managed by The Nature Trust of BC and its partners, and this beach seine is part of monitoring to check the health of the area. Biologist Dave Clough will be the leader.
Attire: If you have experience doing a beach seine and would like to help with the net, wear chest waders and a personal flotation device. Otherwise, wear rubber boots so you can help along the shore.
Admission: FREE
Pre-register by e-mailing Robin Rivers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling toll free 1-866-288-7878

Shelly Creek Meets The Water Symposium

CTShellyCreekYou may recall the article on our website SHELLY CREEK WATER BALANCE AND SEDIMENT REDUCTION PLAN that explained how standard stormwater management practices used in urban development in Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo have changed the water flows in Shelly Creek, causing erosion and sedimentation of fish habitat. This topic is not unique to Shelly Creek. The effects of stormwater management practices on creek systems has become such an important issue in North America that scientists, local governments and stewardship groups are joining forces to address this important issue. MVIHES is co-hosting the Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th which includes speakers and delegates from North America. You're invited to attend the symposium and join us in working towards  restoring the natural hydrology of creeks that is so important to our fish populations. Note there is a registration fee.

 

 

Letter of Clarification

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February 16, 2019

Re: Article on Forage Fish in 14 February Newsletter

The MVIHES Board Members and Project Coordinator would like to provide clarification for the article in our latest newsletter titled Who’s Protecting Our Forage Fish Beaches. The theme of the article should have focused on the permitting process for granting authorizations for shoreline construction projects and not on the consultant and contractor involved in the project mentioned in the article. We want to make it clear that these individuals had obtained the required permits and authorization from DFO to conduct this work and used the best practices available for completing this particular project. It was the timing window specified by DFO for shoreline work that was in question, not the professionalism or skill of these individuals.

MVIHES will endeavor to share the information we obtain from our forage fish study and work with regulators to address our concerns regarding forage fish spawning beaches and shoreline construction.

Sincerely,

 PeterLawSignature

Peter Law, President

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