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​More than 200 residents come out for LSRCA's Annual BioBlitz

Electrofishing demo awes attendees

NEWMARKET – June 20, 2017 – Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) welcomed more than 80 families to Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area in Aurora this past Saturday as it hosted its third annual BioBlitz.

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.  Knowing what species exist helps us track ecological changes.

 

  • LSRCA electrofishers Anna Copeland, Kaitlin Cocks and Jessica ChanLSRCA electrofishers Anna Copeland, Kaitlin Cocks and Jessica Chan
    LSRCA electrofishers Anna Copeland, Kaitlin Cocks and Jessica Chan.
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    Rob Wilson, LSRCA's Aquatic Ecologist, shares the fish species caught during the electrofishing demo with dozens of intent spectators.
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    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Biologist Steve Varga spent the morning and early afternoon documenting the abundant plant life at Sheppard's Bush.
In an effort to engage and encourage budding nature enthusiasts, LSRCA also hosted children's activities, guided hikes and demonstrations.

LSRCA's electrofishing demonstration drew a crowd of around 50 onlookers, in awe as they watched LSRCA staff don their electrofishing gear to capture fish species in the East Holland River. The East Holland River, which runs through Sheppard's Bush, eventually makes its way to Lake Simcoe. 

Electrofishing is a harmless method of capturing fish using an electrical current that temporarily stuns the fish in the water, enabling them to be caught with nets, identified, and returned to the stream. Among the species found was the mottled sculpin, a small fish that only lives where the water is clean.

Tallies of the variety of species recorded on the day-long event will be made available within the next few weeks.

It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.

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Media Contact:
Sue Jagminas
Corporate Communications
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 264
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Email:s.jagminas@LSRCA.on.ca

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