Watershed Outreach Update - July, 2014

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The summer has been a busy one in the Red Deer River Watershed. It seems that we were just welcoming Alexandra to the office and her summer work term as the Outreach Assistant. There's only two weeks left of her internship and she is busy wrapping up her summer project.
July began with the RDRWA hosting a Lake Day at Parkland Beach on Gull Lake. Jeff, Joey and Alexandra headed out on what looked like a stormy day at the lake. But by the start of the event the sun was shining. Booths were set up along the beach pathway, engaging those visiting the beach. With the help of ALMS, Alberta Health Services, Lacombe County, and ESRD we were able to address the concerns and questions of the lake visitors. There was a BBQ lunch supplied by the RDRWA wrapping up a successful day of outreach at one of our recreational lakes within the watershed.
The Outreach team was invited to be guest speakers at a number of summer camps around the watershed this summer. These included watershed model building, hikes, scavenger hunts, water related games, critter catching, water testing, engaging youth in the watershed models for surface water and ground water and helping with stewardship projects. The groups that we have been involved with this summer lead to the presentations being varied depending on the youth but all came away from our visits with new knowledge of watersheds. These all entailed multiple visits to the camps with an approximate total of 260 campers taking part in our programs in the month of July. Some of the highlights of the month included; visiting numerous communities around the City of Red Deer for the Active Kidz camps put on by the Boys and Girls Club and the City of Red Deer where campers built model watersheds and then used these models to test how water flows through a watershed.
At Camp Phoenix (Camp Alexo) we had the campers participating in offsite hikes learning about the flora in the watershed through a scavenger hunt activity. The 4H camp spent the day at Ellis Bird Farm where we were invited to man the wetland station and help with the campers’ investigation into the magical world of marshes. At Red Deer College with the help of our watershed models Alexandra taught the youngest campers about the flow of water both on the surface and in the ground. While other campers did pond critter dipping and water testing.
Camp Kindle in the Water Valley area asked for our help with their sun-seeker group (15 to 18 year olds) as they begin a multi-year stewardship project. Jeff, Joey, and Alexandra spent a day out at the camp doing hands on activities with the campers teaching them about riparian areas. Thanks to the help of Curtis Vieville from AWES and Cows and Fish, Ashley Rawluk from Ducks Unlimited, and Lorelee Grattidge from Mountain View County who also brought their expertise with us, they now have the background knowledge to begin the planning of their project.
The RDRWA participated in one other outreach event in July. This was the Blue Bird Festival at the Ellis Bird Farm where Jeff and Joey had the opportunity to engage over 300 people with a Red Deer River Watershed Display along with interpretive wetland information at the wetland centre on the grounds. It was a beautiful day in a gorgeous setting. Thank you to Myrna from the Ellis Bird Farm for including us in this event!
 
Leo here! My brothers and sisters and I have made big progress in our travels! Lizzie and Lavender are both very close to their goal destinations. There still are a few of us that have yet to leave home though. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we have had to limit our geocaches to 3 instead of 5, but there is still plenty of opportunity to get in on the geocaching fun!
 
Who
Current Location
Destination
Leo
Red Deer, Alberta
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Lavender
Fairview, Alberta
Dunvegan Bridge, Alberta
Lewis
Somewhere South of Calgary
Hoover Dam, Arizona
Lacy
Olds, Alberta
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Langston
Olds, Alberta
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Leonard
Red Deer, Alberta
Three Gorges Dam, China
Larry
Red Deer, Alberta
Nile River, Egypt
Lizzie
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hudson Bay - Churchill, Manitoba
Lancelot
On the move
River Thames, England
Our geocaches can be tracked on www.geocaching.com under:

• RDRWA’s “Release the Frogs” RDRWA Cache
• RDRWA’s “Release the Frogs” Wetland Cache
• RDRWA’s “Release the Frogs” Upland Cache


 
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