Wanted: New volunteers for committees

We have room for four new members of our board of directors this year, starting in May. The board meets once per month, usually the third Tuesday of the month at our office in Marshfield. Board members are collectively responsible for setting the priorities for the organization. Individual board members take on tasks that meet their skill set and interests.

Having a diverse array of skills and personal perspectives is valuable to our board. As long as you support the mandate of our organization “to protect and enhance the health and aesthetic qualities of the Winter River – Tracadie Bay watershed” you are welcome to join.

We are also exploring a youth committee, that will meet separately from the regular board. This committee would tackle less of the formal stuff (bylaws, finances, government relations) and handle tasks where younger people may excel – communicating our message by social media, recruiting volunteers for events, finding creative sources of funding, and coming up with innovative solutions to problems.

Please contact Sarah, our watershed coordinator, and former youngest member of the board of directors to get more information.

info@WinterTracadie.ca or 902-314-9293

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We are now a registered charity!

After a lot of paperwork, we have become a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. If you would like to make a donation, we have created a page with links so you can easily do so – which will help our organization and reduce the amount of taxes you pay.

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2017 Snowshoe Hike

It is our annual snowshoe hike along the Winter River trail. Meet with volunteers and staff from our watershed group to hike along the trail and learn a few things along the way.

We will be meeting at 10am on Saturday February 18. The starting point is the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road. The trail leads to the family cabin of one of our volunteers, where we will take a break with chili, cookies, and hot chocolate. Then choose between taking the short route back to the parking area, or exploring more of the Winter River trail system on your own.

Please bring your own snowshoes. If you do not have snowshoes but would like to attend, please contact us in advance so we can arrange to get you a pair (902-314-9293 or info@WinterTracadie.ca).

If you are bringing a dog, please keep it on a leash.

If you are worried about the distance, such as travelling with small children, ask us about the option of taking a shorter route to the cabin.

If weather conditions are not suitable, the alternate date for this event will be February 25th. Check this page or our Facebook event page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/1272029956196651/ 

More details about this trail system available at http://www.islandtrails.ca/en/trail.php?t=1

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Job opportunity

We have a position that has become available through the Work Experience PEI program. This will be a 21 week position for someone who is not currently a student. Ideally we would like someone with a university degree in biology, environmental science, conservation, or similar field, or similar educational background from a college program.


If you think you meet the criteria for this program, please send your email to info@WinterTracadie.ca or call 902-314-9293.

More detailed information on the job in our Kijiji ad.

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2016 Annual General Meeting

Our AGM for this year is scheduled for Tuesday May 24, 7-9pm. The event will be held at the Corran Ban Hall.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Michael R. van den Heuvel, Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute, and professor at UPEI. The title of the presentation will be “From springs to ocean: Issues for watershed management on PEI”.

RSVP on Facebook to stay informed of any changes and for reminders: https://www.facebook.com/events/272214993118967/

We look forward to seeing many residents at the event.

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Volunteer appreciation

National Volunteer Week 2016 is April 10-16, so here is a little word art showing some of the many ways that our great volunteers help out.

thank you word art v2

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Now accepting resumes for summer positions

If you are looking for a rewarding summer job, then we want to hear from you.

Full details available here: 2016 general job advertisement

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This is how we pay for our work.

2015 funders

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2016 Snowshoe event

Join us on the Winter River trail for a guided tour through one of our favourite areas of the watershed on Saturday February 20th.

Bring your snowshoes and meet us at 10 am at the trail head, located at the end of the East Suffolk Road (Rt 229). We will snowshoe the trail along the river, and stop for a snack at the Hughes family cabin before heading home.

If weather conditions are poor, alternate date for the event is the next Saturday, Feb 27. Watch this website, our Facebook page for cancellation information.

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Trout spawning season

We had a visit from Sean Landsman this week to a location in the Winter River where we saw lots of trout spawning. He caught some great underwater photos of the fish.

spawning pair on redd

Spawning pair on redd

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Spawning pair on redd

posturing males

Posturing males

female redd male

Female on redd, with male nearby

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