Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – November 21 & 22, 2015
The MRSS hosts an informational booth at the Exhibitor’s Fair at Leq’a:mel Hall the first weekend of the festival. The Chehalis flats and the Harrison River are renown in late autumn for the world’s largest congregation of bald eagles and BC’s biggest run of Chum salmon . Events run over four weekends. Go to www.fvbef.ca for more information.
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM
Grant Value: $6532.00
Project Value: $29,857.00
Start Date: July 2014
End Date: Spring 2015
Pacific Salmon Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Hot Springs Communities in Bloom Committee, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, Miama Place, River Wynd Strata Corporation, Harrison Elementary School, Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare, Friends of the Harrison Forest
Salmon fry released May 19th 2015. Read all about it: http://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/community/304436871
Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School is pleased to announce that our class will be participating in the Project. We have had a lot of support from the local Miami Stream Keepers and are moving forward with the project.
Raising salmon in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are lined to these complex environments.
The project was undertaken by the Grade 2 and 3 students at the end of January 2015 when the fish eggs were delivered. Miami River Streamkeepers received grant money from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help finance the project. Four members of the Miami River Streamkeepers viewed the newly set up operation on Feb 4, 2015 . The Chilling Tank is kept at a constant temperature and is covered with an insulated wrap to keep the light out. The children test each day to make sure the temperature is between 5 & 10 C. The students also check th ATU (Accumulated Thermal Units) by adding each day’s temperature to the previous day’s total temperature. The second time the streamkeepers went for the viewing was Mar 2,2015. The eggs had not hatched yet but Mrs Emsley said she comes in even on weekends to check the temperature and the progress. There is information about fish up on the walls and everyone is very enthusiastic about the whole process of the fish cycle. We just noticed on the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School site that six of the eggs have hatched and are now in the alevin form.
The Northwestern Salamander is a stout, 5 1/2 to 8-inch long uniform dark brown to black, amphibian (cold-blooded animal that start life in water & later transform to a terrestrial form) with a oval tail flattened towards the end. It has strong , well-developed legs and prominent parotoid (swollen area behind eye). Salamanders are voiceless.
It is found mainly in south-western BC. Eggs are laid in February to May in jelly-like masses about the size of a elongated grapefruit. The larvae hatch in about a month and stay in the water about a year. Some metamorphose (change into adult form) in the second summer but others remain in the larval stage indefinitely (neoteny) and breed without gaining adult form.
In the aquatic form they eat voraciously preying on all other living things small enough to swallow. On land look for them under leave litter.
The Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) (formerly Northwestern toad – Bufo boreas) is a stout, squat 2-5 inch amphibian of the west found from Alaska to northern California. It has shorter front than hind leg. The skin is rough with large warts. Colour is variable from dark brown to reddish brown background with lighter warts.
Adults congegrate in early Spring along margins of wetlands and lakes to spawn. The male calls with a high pitched note. The eggs are laid in long strings in shallow water. Jet-black tadpoles hatch in a few days and gather in large swarms. Growth is rapid and they exit water at 1/2 inch long to migrate to near by woods. Highway crossing prove dangerous and many toadlets are squashed. Ryder Lake road is a well known hazard.
Adult toads wander considerable distance form water and can be found foraging at dusk for insects and other small creeping organisms. At dawn they retire to damp holes and shaded spots. Look for them along the Miami greenway riparian area. Western Toads are a species of conservation concern.
NTU or cm
|% Oxg.||Oxg. mg/L||pH||Site Name||Water Quality||Comments|
|Feb. 16, 2015||10:20||scattered cloud, windy||7.0||0 NTU||8.0||71||8.3||6.4||Walnut||Acceptable 38.9||Little rain
DO Metre electrolyte replaced
|11:00||7.4||0 NTU||7.6||73||8.7||6.9||HHS Bridge|
|10:40||6.7||0 NTU||7.8||75||8.9||6.5||Lori's Diner|
|June 1, 2015||10:20||sunny||22||0 NTU||19.1||49||4.5||6.9||Walnut||32.2|
|12 noon||cloudy||18.6||0 NTU||20.2||108||9.8||7.2||HHS Bridge||Little rain
|11:35||sunny with scattered clouds||18.4||15 NTU (40 cm visibility)||14.3||44||4.3||7.2||Lori's Dinner||very muddy
On the last weekend of September MRSS hosts a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup of the Harrison Lake foreshore and the lagoon. In 2013 & 2014 we also did an in-river cleanup from the Maple Street canoe launch to the Fred Hardy foot bridge. In 2016 the Harrison Yacht Club cleaned the lake shore. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs supports us in this event. Join us on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the the Harrison Lake Plaza at 10 am to noon.
MRSS take part in the July 1st Canada Day Parade. It musters on Walnut Street beside the Elementary School and follows a route through the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. The parade usually moves off at 5 PM and ends around 6 PM.