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Conservation, Education & Community Interaction since 1977
If you ever see our staff kayaking around and around in circles in front of the HRAA Conservation Center, looking like we are completely lost- we aren't! We periodically do visual checks in the surrounding area to see if the Atlantic Salmon are on the move into the river to spawn! Want to come see some fish with us? We'll be looking for volunteers for our Annual Redd Count Event in November! Get in touch with us if you're interested!
We don’t normally post about our project proposals- there’s always a chance that they do not get approved. However! We recently presented a large-scale restoration proposal at the Quispamsis Town Council, to remediate Crowley’s Pool- the council voted unanimously to support the project, if it gets approved! We won’t know for some time if Canada’s Nature Fund approves the project, but keep your fingers crossed!
This evening I was very privileged to attend a memorial presentation hosted by the Kennebecasis Branch (58) of the Royal Canadian Legion, where the "First Annual Mike Donovan Texas Holdem Tournament" presented a cheque to H.R.A.A., received by Rob Dekany, H.R.A.A. member, in memory of Mike Donovan. Mike was a long-time H.R.A.A. member, avid outdoorsman , fisherman, and exemplary conservationist.. Rob, a close personal friend of Mike's, has also very benevolently offered to ma
Part of our monitoring program for the Upham Gypsum mine includes electrofishing the mine discharge brook! Staff perform habitat assessments, determining if the area offers suitable substrate, water flow, water quantity and quality, for salmonid habitat. Electrofishing is another tool in our research and monitoring toolbox- should the Upham Gypsum mine have issues with water quality exceedances, one of the first things to be affected will be the fish! During our 2021 survey o
While we do have pickerel dispersed throughout the Hammond River Watershed, particularly in the lakes, this little fella was quite a surprise! We found this chain pickerel in the North Branch of the Hammond River- chances are, it's original habitat is in Cassidy Lake, but it is a long way from home! It swam approximately 5km to get to where we found it, through non-ideal habitat for pickerel! We have been busy combing through our historical electrofishing data, and we have ye
While doing field work, our staff came across an absolutely beautiful sight- not one, but TWO wood turtles hanging out in the Hammond River Watershed! Did you know that it is estimated that there are only approximately 12,000 wood turtles left in the entire country? That makes this sighting that much more exciting! In order to protect these two turtles, we will not be disclosing the location that they were found. Should you ever come across a wood turtle, we recommend that yo
We got to see a fish that we don't normally see within the Hammond River Watershed! We've been busy electrofishing in the Kennebecasis River, as part of the Wolastoq Genomics Project, when we found this juvenile burbot! Burbot can occasionally be found at the confluence point of the Hammond and the Kennebecasis River; however, this was our staff's first time seeing one in person! These fish look like a cross between catfish and eel, and are very popular during ice fishing sea
We've recently been helping the Department of Transportation with a fish rescue mission! DTI has been in the process of replacing an old, degraded culvert, and reached out to our awesome field team for assistance! We arrived on site and performed an initial site survey. We then installed a barrier net below the culvert, and electrofished above and below the culvert to remove all fish. These fish were then placed in a bucket, and relocated further down in the watercourse, out
Our office will be closed for the day today, September 30th, as we stand in solidarity and honor Truth and Reconciliation Day Between 1830 and 1998, there were 140 federally run residential schools- over 7 generations of Indigenous youth were forcibly removed from their homes, and thousands never returned home. Survivors of these schools face unimaginable intergenerational trauma as a result of this cultural genocide. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission ran from 2008-2015