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By Ester Strijbos
General News · 10th October 2014
Christine Robinson
Have you ever followed a stream’s trickling course as it meanders from its beginnings to where it flows into the sea? Have you ever wondered which streams host spawning salmon (other than Basil Creek)? Have you ever sat, still & silent, watching cutthroat trout dart from riffle to pool? Here are two exciting possibilities for you!

For starters, a Streamkeepers training weekend will be offered October 25 & 26, AND secondly, a Streamkeeper Monitoring Programme will begin this fall.

FOCI and the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island are happy to co-sponsor the Streamkeepers training, Saturday October 25 & Sunday, October 26. Dave Clough, a certified Streamkeepers instructor and fisheries biologist with 20+ years of field experience, will be offering modules from the Streamkeepers Handbook, focusing on fish identification & juvenile fish trapping, basic stream data collection (stream habitat & water quality), and stream habitat assessment. The workshop will take place at the Linnaea Educational Centre, with fieldwork happening at Cortes streams.

Cost for the course is $25; a Streamkeepers Handbook will be needed (cost $30), with options for downloading the appropriate modules. Registration may be limited, so please register early at the FOCI office, cheques payable to FOCI. Youth participants, ages 12 and older, are most welcome!

An ongoing Streamkeepers Programme for Cortes Island streams, sponsored through FOCI, will emerge from the Streamkeepers training. This will build on recent citizen science efforts, and the work of Klahoose over many years.
The long-term goals for the programme are: community education on local streams; engagement in stream monitoring; developing a local data base of streams to be shared with the Cortes community and provincially relevant organizations, with the ultimate goals of protection of existing stream habitat for resident fish and restoring salmon returns to historic levels in streams with low salmon returns.

No prior knowledge is needed to become a stream steward. All that is needed is that participants bring a keen sense of curiosity, a desire to learn about local streams & fish, and an interest in stewarding the natural world. There will be opportunity for mentorship of youth, so all ages are needed.

To register call Leah at FOCI at 935-0087.
Or sign up online at:
http://friendsofcortes.org/streams

FOCI would like to thank the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation for their generous support. Stay tuned for further information on the Streamkeepers weekend and the Stream Monitoring Programme.