Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of my volunteer work has been assisting in counting salmon in our waterways and identifying invasive fish species in those waterways. This activity is crucial for understanding the health and trends of these species. Participating in this process has been an eye-opening experience, allowing me to appreciate the intricate relationships between species and their habitats. The data collected from these counts aids in conservation efforts and helps inform local environmental policies.
Ms. Quirien Mulder ten Kate, Abbotsford
Why do you volunteer with Watershed Watch?
Meeting new people, contributing to an important cause, learning new environmental field skills.
What are some of the highlights for you in the volunteer work you’ve done?
Trapping and releasing Western Red Painted turtle at Addington Marsh. Going to a site, seeing all the invasive plant species and then two hours later seeing all the native plant species that were hidden underneath. Removing the yellow flag Iris seed pots at a slough in Chilliwack, learning how to ID fish. Canoeing in sloughs, marshes and other waterways in the Fraser Valley, observing beautiful flora and fauna. Being with others who believe in similar causes and wanting to make a difference no matter how big or small!