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.
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 collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 116
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
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