Four volunteers became citizen scientists on the picturesque shore of the Ottawa River by donning hip-waders and gloves before kicking up the surface of the water to collect benthic invertebrates (bugs!). Led by Living Lakes Canada experts, the volunteers joined World Wildlife Fund Canada’s David Miller in practicing a kick-test shimmy on shore before venturing into Remic Rapids to do their part in assessing the health of the Ottawa River watershed to help reverse the decline of wildlife in the ecosystem.
The Remic Rapids test on the Ottawa River is the first of many in WWF-Canada’s new national community-based freshwater monitoring program that will see volunteers across the country deliver high-quality scientific data for freshwater ecosystems. Working with Living Lakes Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the University of Guelph, this program will soon be coming to a watershed near you.
Stay tuned for more on how to get involved. (And if you can’t wait, drop us a line at [email protected]). WWF-Canada would like to thank Loblaw Companies Limited for their generous support of our pilot projects in Ottawa and the Sunshine Coast
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