One fish, two fish: Counting creatures in Centre Creek

Event Details

November 16th, 2017, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Centre Creek Conservation Area (Surrey), British Columbia
Inventories and Monitoring

Have you ever wondered how we can measure fish populations in a stream? Come out on November 16 and learn how to set fish traps as part of our species inventory in Centre Creek. Join Nature Conservancy of Canada stewardship staff and a biologist from BCIT as they demonstrate how the traps work and what we can learn from gathering a sample of aquatic creatures from a creek.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Centre Creek Conservation Area (Surrey)

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

You will be helping to set up gee minnow traps. This will involve baiting, setting, flagging and mapping the location of the traps.

Why you will love it

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Centre Creek watershed and the aquatic species that live there, while also learning how biologists undertake proper fish sampling. It will be an educational, hands-on experience!

Questions?

Contact Jocelyn Wood: jocelyn.wood@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Access in and out of Centre Creek Conservation Area is through steep terrain on an rough forest trail. 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.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Sturdy waterproof footwear (gumboots)
  • Long sleeves
  • Long pants
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
Miscellaneous
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Any necessary medications