One fish, two fish: Centre Creek Fish Sampling Lab
November 17th, 2017, 12:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Centre Creek Conservation Area (Surrey), British Columbia
Inventories and Monitoring
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to be working with BCIT to sample the fish population of Centre Creek. This event has been set up to support student learning in the Introduction to Fish and Wildlife course, FNAM 2320. Your involvement in this fish sampling exercise will contribute to the baseline inventory for Centre Creek Conservation Area, and will inform NCC’s ongoing management of this important wetland habitat.
Students must sign up using this online registration form.
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Located in the north end of the City of Surrey, this 7.7 hectare (19 ac.) conservation area protects a portion of Centre Creek and other small brooks, which meander through the dense coastal western hemlock forest and out into the lower Fraser River. Together with the neighbouring protected areas, including the Surrey Bend Regional Park, the area plays an important role in a larger wetland complex, which provides rearing habitat for Pacific salmon, trout, and other native fish species.What you will be doing
We will be sampling a section of wetlands in Centre Creek to develop a baseline of fish species present. This will involve collecting the previously set traps in order to identify, measure and document the species that have been captured.Why you will love it
This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Centre Creek watershed and the aquatic species present there, while also gaining experience in the proper approach to fish sampling. It will be an educational hands on experience!Questions?
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Access in and out of Centre Creek Conservation Area is through steep terrain on an un-maintained trail through forest. Volunteers will be working in the forest next to Centre Creek (which has minimal flow) in dense vegetation with thorns. Volunteers will need to move slowly and be aware of footing while on the property.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Sturdy waterproof footwear (gum boots)
- Long sleeves
- Long pants
- Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- Sun hat
- Reusable water bottle
- Any necessary medications