Red Deer River Watershed Outreach Update - September, 2014

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The month of September started off with a blast of winter that sent us all into the doldrums over the thought of a long winter ahead. Luckily the weather changed and we have been able to enjoy a good Indian summer. In September, the Miistakis Institute in Calgary hosted a conference on Citizen Science. This brought active stewardship engaging organizations from all over North America together. Two days were spent in workshops and speaker forums looking at the future role of Citizen Science as a means to collect legitimate data and allow for authentic research. It included work being done by other watershed groups in the United States, Secondary Institutions, Parks Canada and numerous other not-for-profit groups.

The outreach team participated in steering committee meetings for the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project led by ReThink Red Deer. This project will help to remediate riparian areas of the project site resulting in improved water quality and flood and drought mitigation. If you are interested in learning more we encourage you to participate in the first set of field days October 16th and 17th - register here.

ATCO Electric approached us to give a presentation on the Red Deer River Watershed during their yearly health and safety meetings. The presentation in Drumheller in September was very successful. Employees asked numerous questions with regards to their role in sustaining the water quality and quantity in the Red Deer River Watershed for future generations.

The North Saskatchewan WPAC fall forum focused on the topic of fisheries. With a good mix of AESRD and scientific presentations, I obtained a new awareness of relevant issues around the fisheries in our province and the state of the sport fishery in Alberta.

At the end of the month, three RDRWA staff traveled north to the Lesser Slave Lake for the annual Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) conference. Topics covered included paleolimnology, Alberta’s Wetland Policy: How will this help lakes, Alberta’s Lake Management Framework, Facilitating a Stewardship Ethic, and AEMERA's role in lake monitoring. Although the weather was cool the fall colours of the boreal forest were amazing!

ATTENTION  ALL TEACHERS AND SERVICE GROUP PROVIDERS OF YOUTH IN GRADES 7 TO 12 - "CARING FOR OUR WATERSHED" 2015 PROGRAM - GET INVOLVED

The RDRWA will come to your class or meeting to teach about the Red Deer River watershed and contest details along with mentoring of youth as they develop their proposals. Just drop us a line if you are interested at outreach@rdrwa.ca

To check out the program go to www.caringforourwatersheds.com

Submitted by Joey Temple - Outreach Coordinator

 
Leo here with our beggining of the fall report! Leonard has made the most progress this month, jumping over the Saskatchewan border into Swift Current. And Lizzie has left Winnipeg and is moving north. Happy hunting!
 
Leo

(blue highlight = Destination Reached)

Who
Current Location
Destination
Leo
On the Move
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Lavender
Falher, Alberta
Dunvegan Bridge, Alberta
Lewis
Fernie, BC
Hoover Dam, Arizona
Lacy
Out of Race
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Langston
Calgary, AB
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Leonard
Swift Current, SK
Three Gorges Dam, China
Larry
Calgary, AB
Nile River, Egypt
Lizzie
North of Winnipeg, MB
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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