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TUC Bow R Chapter - Lower Bow River Brown Trout Redd Survey Nov 19, 2016
Sat, 19 November 2016, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM MST
The Bow River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada is looking for volunteers to help us conduct our first annual redd survey on the Lower Bow River. The day will start and end at Legacy Island on the Bow River southeast of Calgary. This area has had very little recent scientific study, and this survey coincides with the Chapter's current Habitat Inventory in this area.
Redds are the gravel nests that brown trout make and then spawn on top of. Brown trout spawn in these redds in the fall and then the eggs incubate for multiple months until they hatch. Redd sites are extremely sensitive areas and redd surveys allow for the observation and enumeration of redds without causing harm or damaging redds. Survey will be conducted on November 19th (Saturday). Due to event logistics, only 12 volunteers can join us so sign up early!
Volunteers will walk the Bow River side channels observing and counting redds as they travel downstream. During a brief workshop in the morning and throughout the day volunteers will learn about brown trout biology, redds and survey techniques. Access to the survey sites will be by jet boat from the parking lot (provided by the Chapter), as alternate river access is not practical.
What to bring?
-Waders and boots preferable, but other outdoor footwear may be suitable as in-stream work is not anticipated
-weather appropriate clothing
-Bag or backpack, dry bag not necessary
-Lunch (Hot beverages and snacks will be available in the morning)
Where to meet?
On Saturday November 19 please meet at 9:30 AM at the Legacy Island Boat Launch . Proceed east on Highway 22X to the intersection of Hwy 24. This is about 31 kilometers from Deerfoot trail. Turn right and drive 6.5 km south on Hwy 24 to the 4 way stop.
Continue south on Range Road 263 for 3.9 km, turning right on Twp Rd 214A (at the small grain shed) just before the road ends at the overlook. Drive 0.6 kilometers, turn left and cross the cattleguard and drive downhill to the Legacy site. Small cars should use caution when crossing the small stream. It is acceptable to park before the stream and walk into the parking area.
Some carpool arrangements may be possible with prior arrangement with the organizers.
We hope you can join us to gather information on brown trout redds in the Bow River. Please contact Rick Moses if you have any questions at email@example.com or 4038603147. A confirmation email with detailed instructions will be send out 72 hours prior to the event.