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

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Female on redd, with male nearby

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Fall field work positions

We are looking for workers for short term field work positions of approximately 2-8 weeks (depending on individual qualifications and funding). Main activities will include tree planting, clearing debris from streams, and assisting staff on other projects as needed.

Requirements

  • Ability to handle physical tasks such as walking for extended periods in various outdoor habitats (fields, woods, streams, etc.) and frequent lifting of heavy items.
  • Supply own transportation to job sites within the watershed.
  • Individual must provide their own clothing, rubber boots, etc. Some specialized equipment is provided.
  • Ability to work in various weather conditions.

Assets

  • Chain saw experience would be very advantageous.
  • First aid training.
  • Residence within the watershed area.
  • Background in biology, wildlife, environment, watershed enhancement, or other relevant field.

Funding for some positions is tied to specific provincial government programs which have their own criteria, therefore we are seeking at least one individual who is over 30 years of age. However, other positions have no such restrictions, therefore individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply.

Please send a resume to Sarah Wheatley at info@WinterTracadie.ca by September 7.

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Summer Contest

Since summer is the time of highest water use, we have started a summer contest!

Sign up as a new supporter at online between now and August 31 for a chance to win a gift certificate from Home Hardware worth $125, which would cover part of the cost of a new low flow toilet. Runner up prizes are low flow shower heads.

Already a supporter? Email info@WinterTracadie.ca and we will enter you in the draw too.

For more chances to win, get more people to sign up as supporters. Every time a new supporter lists your name on their form, you get an extra draw in the contest.

Contest is open to residents of our watershed and the City of Charlottetown.

gift certificate

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Visit us in our new office

This year we have set up an office location for the association. We are at 13977 St. Peters Road in Marshfield, just across from the Suffolk Road.

Since our projects involve so much hands on work in the stream and visits with our residents, we won’t have someone in the office all the time.

Office hours are currently set at Tuesday 1pm to 6pm, and Thursday 9am to 1pm for drop in visits. Other days and times you might find someone in the office by chance, especially if it is raining! You can always contact us and set up a time to visit and have a chat.

office photo

 

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Volunteer Events

Tree planting

  • June 13 at the Brackley Commons park (14 Union Road) from 10am until noon.
  • June 20 at the old Grand Tracadie school (16 Harbour Road) from 10am until noon.

At our tree planting events we will have snacks & drinks, trees & tools. We will also have some trees available for people to take home and plant where they like.

More information in a printable version: Walmart evergreen flyer

Shoreline Clean-up

In partnership with the Aquaculture Alliance we will be cleaning the shore around Tracadie Bay between June 25 and 27. Organize your own clean-up crew, our join in with our summer students when they head out.

A dedicated Waste Watch drop-off bin for clean-up wastes will be at the wharf in Tracadie.

Further details will be posted here as they are finalized.

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Summer Job Opportunities

We are recruiting for Watershed Field Workers

Description

Watershed Field Workers are required for the summer of 2015 to carry out restoration projects throughout the watershed area under the guidance of a supervisor. These positions will involve working in and around streams. Depending on candidate qualifications, other special projects may be included, related to education, public relations, agriculture, etc.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate(s) will be required to carry out activities such as obstruction removal in and around streams, tree planting,erosion control, installing silt catchers (brush mats), improving fish habitat, working with basic hand tools such as shovels, saws, axes, loppers, pry bars etc.

Requirements

  • Ability to handle physical tasks such as walking for extended periods in various outdoor habitats (fields, woods, streams, etc.) and frequent lifting of heavy items.
  • Supply own transportation to job sites within the watershed.
  • Individual must provide their own clothing, rubber boots, etc. Some specialized equipment is provided.
  • Ability to work in various weather conditions.
  • Background in biology, wildlife, environment, watershed enhancement, or other relevant field.
  • First aid training.
  • Residence within the watershed area.

Assets

Individuals who wish to be considered for positions funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, should indicate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Individual is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program; and
  • is legally entitled to work in Canada and PEI

Preference is also given to qualified candidates who self-identify as Aboriginal or belonging to a visible minority group.

Terms of employment

We are hiring for a range of positions, the exact number of positions, and duration of each is dependent on grant funding. Summer staff are generally hired for a minimum of eight weeks, but individuals such as college/university students who are available in May/June may be hired for longer.  Salaries start at $12.00 per hour including vacation pay, and increase based on qualifications and experience.

To apply

Send a résumé and cover letter to Sarah Wheatley, Watershed Coordinator

630 Suffolk Road, Dunstaffnage PEI, C1C 0P6     OR    info@WinterTracadie.ca

Applications will be received and evaluated as positions become available, until June 30, 2015.

A printable one page version of this information is also available: 2015 job advertisement

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Upcoming Events

May 26

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 26th, from 7 to 9pm at the Corran Ban Hall (located at 1231 Route 6).

Our guest speaker for the evening will be John Jamieson, Executive Director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture. The title of John’s presentation will be “Engaging Farmers, Empowering Watersheds.”

Update: John Jamieson, has just been appointed as Deputy Minister with the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries effective May 25. As a result, we will be without a guest speaker this evening.

We welcome everyone to attend. We will have snacks, drinks, and free shower heads too!

June 6

We are having our annual spring hike this year on Saturday June 6th. We hope to find some Lady’s Slippers in bloom, even with this late spring.

Meet at the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road at 10am for a guided walk of the Winter River Trail.

June 10

Workshop on Nutrient Management for homeowners and aquaculture operators: 7pm at York Community Centre. Learn how you can help prevent problems associated with too much nitrate in the environment, such as techniques for maintenance of your septic system and lawn management. For Aquaculture operators, how does the nutrient loading of our groundwater effect your operations? What is the current situation in Tracadie Bay with the new opening to the bay? We will be offering free nitrate testing of your water. Sample collection bottles are available at our May 26th AGM, any Access PEI location, or by calling 902-314-9293.

Here is a link for instructions on how to properly collect a sample for water analysis: http://www.gov.pe.ca/environment/index.php3?number=1038048&lang=E  (just follow the first three steps for our event).

Guest speaker list:

  • Aquaculture: Aaron Ramsay, PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Septic systems: Morley Foy, PEI Department of Communities, Land, and Environment
  • Impact on Estuaries: Bruce Raymond, PEI Department of Communities, Land, and Environment

June 13

Volunteer tree planting event in the Brackley Commons park (14 Union Road) from 10am until noon.

 

June 20

Volunteer tree planting event at the old Grand Tracadie school (16 Harbour Road) from 10am until noon.

 

At our tree planting events we will have snacks & drinks, trees & tools. We will even have some trees available for people to plant at their homes within the watershed.

More information in a printable flyer: Walmart evergreen flyer

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Enjoy the winter weather by snowshoeing along Winter River.

The Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association is hosting our annual snowshoe event on Saturday February 21 from 10am to noon.

We will be exploring the Winter River trail starting from the trail head, which is located at the end of the East Suffolk Road.

Snacks will be provided at the end of the hike.

For individuals who do not have access to a pair of snowshoes, we have a few pairs available to borrow. Please email Info@WinterTracadie.ca if you are interested in borrowing a pair.

2015-02-08 Winter River Trail (6)

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Job Opportunity: Watershed Coordinator

The ideal person will become a key player in the Association’s work. Candidates for the position are expected to demonstrate initiative, leadership and a love of the outdoors. The watershed is located on the north coast of Prince Edward Island, just east of the center of the province.  It covers 7271.9 hectares and is the principal source of potable water for the City of Charlottetown. The Coordinator is accountable to the Board of Directors of the Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association for work assigned by the Board, including: project applications and reports to funding agencies; supervision of staff; field operations; financial management; liaison with landowners and outside agencies; data collection and analysis; and public relations.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Educational qualifications in biology, wildlife management, environmental science, or other relevant field required
  • Project coordination, public relations, writing skills and budgeting experience considered assets
  • Ability to handle physical tasks such as heavy lifting and walking for extended periods in various outdoor habitats – fields, woods, streams, etc. – required
  • Stream enhancement and supervisory experience considered assets
  • Silviculture (chainsaw) and First Aid certification required
  • Proven ability to manage in a collaborative style required
  • Openness to continuous learning required
  • Must have access to own vehicle and cellphone

A more detailed job description is available here: WRTBWA Coordinator Job Description

Individuals interested in this opportunity should forward a cover letter,
résumé and three references prior to November 28, 2014 to:
Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association
700 Suffolk Road
Dunstaffnage, PE  C1C 0P6

OR

Email: charliegeorge@pei.sympatico.ca

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