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Conservation Crew Lead

Conservation Crew Lead

Organizational Overview: Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC), the voice for Canada’s water, is a science-based, national, charitable conservation organization. We were founded in 1972 in response to challenges to freshwater fisheries through a focus on volunteer-driven,...

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Reconnecting Fish Homes in Waiparous Creek

Reconnecting Fish Homes in Waiparous Creek

Written by: Angela Ten, Management Biologist As part of TUC’s Reconnecting Canada campaign, we have been working to replace a set of hanging culverts on two tributaries to Waiparous Creek since 2019. We refer to these creeks as the Whispering Pines East and West...

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Branch Out!  Canon Workdays Update!

Branch Out!  Canon Workdays Update!

Branch Out!  Canon Workdays Update! By Lesley Peterson In August and October 2023, Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) held four workdays with Canon Canada as part of Canon’s national Branch Out program and TUC’s Corporate Environment Day program. Events were held in...

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Rooting for the Future! Cooling Streams Update

Rooting for the Future! Cooling Streams Update

Rooting for the Future!  Cooling Streams Update By David Fields Preparation is underway for the Spring 2024 launch of our new Cooling Streams program. Gathering in the early autumn heat wave, TUC staff and volunteers from the Speed Valley, Happy Trout, Greg Clark, and...

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Cabin Creek Habitat Rehabilitation

Cabin Creek Habitat Rehabilitation

Cabin Creek Habitat Rehabilitation By: Kaleo Gertridge Cabin Creek (WBID: 108898) is a tributary of Fallentimber Creek within the Red Deer River watershed. Background: Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) became aware of a habitat rehabilitation opportunity along Cabin Creek...

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Are you a beaver?  Cause dam! – By Iris George

Are you a beaver? Cause dam! – By Iris George

Low-Tech Process-Based Riverscape Restoration Pilot Project LTPBR is an emerging technique for increasing floodplain connectivity in structurally starved streams, bringing them to a self-sustaining state. These techniques have been widely utilized in the United States...

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Cooling Streams Press Release

Cooling Streams Press Release

Trout Unlimited Canada Launches Cooling Streams Pilot Project Tree Planting Program to restore riparian areas across Canada. Markdale, ON – Trout Unlimited Canada, a national leader in freshwater ecosystem conservation and restoration for 50 years, announces the...

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It’s More Than a Lifestyle

It’s More Than a Lifestyle

It’s More Than a Lifestyle By: Bev Brogden Ryden Brogden was a true "Alberta Boy", an avid outdoorsman and self taught fly fisherman. Ryden’s vision for FlyCo was to capture the essence of his love for fly fishing and incorporate it into trendy everyday street wear....

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Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT) 2022-2023

Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT) 2022-2023

Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT) 2022-2023 By Sara Jose, Conservation Crew Lead & Data Specialist The Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT) program is a clean water project created to help improve water quality through the development and restoration of...

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Cold, Clean, Complex, Culverted?

Cold, Clean, Complex, Culverted?

Cold, Clean, Complex, Culverted? By Lili-Maude Craig, Fisheries Technician Culverts can effectively convey water below a roadway; however, they are not always suitable passageways for stream inhabitants, especially when inadequately sized. Undersized culverts funnel...

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Drumming Up Love in the Cold

Drumming Up Love in the Cold

Drumming Up Love in the Cold By Angela Ten Winter is the season for love. Nothing is more romantic than cuddling up with your partner to shelter from the cold. Don’t agree? Ask the burbot! Burbot (Lota lota) are the only freshwater members of the cod (Gadidae) family....

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2023 Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Course

2023 Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Course

2023 Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Course Registration is Now Open! (Limited Spots Available) Join Trout Unlimited Canada for our Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing course. This course will certify participants in backpack electrofishing, a widely used method for fish...

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Sportfishing Regulations- TUC Needs Your Help

Sportfishing Regulations- TUC Needs Your Help

TUC needs your help! Have you come across interesting sportfishing regulations during your travels? Are you a fisheries manager that has implemented novel strategies to protect or recover sportfish? Then we’d love to hear from you! TUC is conducting a...

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If the Trout Are Gone, Is It Still Trout Creek?

If the Trout Are Gone, Is It Still Trout Creek?

If the Trout Are Gone, Is It Still Trout Creek? By Lorne Fitch, P. Biol. On a summer’s day an unknown photographer focused his Kodak Brownie on four adults and a child, out for a days fishing on Trout Creek. The photograph, now in the Glenbow Archives, is labeled...

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Girardi Creek Habitat Restoration

Girardi Creek Habitat Restoration

Girardi Creek is a small mountain stream located just west of Coleman, in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. It originates from snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains and tumbles down a steep mountain valley before meeting the Crowsnest River, downstream of Crowsnest Lake. Girardi...

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Radiant Creek 2022

Radiant Creek 2022

Radiant Creek 2022 By Angela Ten Radiant Creek is a tributary of central Alberta’s Clearwater River, which is considered critical habitat for Threatened Bull Trout. In the recent past, a flood caused a portion of Radiant Creek below the Forestry Trunk Road to deviate...

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2022 Alberta Fish Rescue

2022 Alberta Fish Rescue

2022 Alberta Fish Rescue By Lili-Maude Craig, Fisheries Technician, and Evan Tichonuk, Fisheries Technician In spring, while mindlessly swimming down the Oldman River in southern Alberta, you followed the flow of water through the unscreened headgates of a diversion...

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Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification

Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification

Bioaccumulation and biomagnification are two words that can easily be confused as they are both used to describe the increase in concentration of a pollutant within living organisms. The main difference between the two is the stage at which this build up occurs. In...

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Corporate Engagement Highlights of 2022

Corporate Engagement Highlights of 2022

Corporate Engagement Highlights of 2022 By Abraham Woldetensay-Corporate Engagement Coordinator The contribution of corporate partners towards the realization of TUC’s mission to conserve, protect and restore Canada’s freshwater ecosystem and their Coldwater resources...

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Not Just Another Dam Project

Not Just Another Dam Project

Not Just Another Dam Project By Lili-Maude Craig, Fisheries Technician Beavers have been removed from much of their historical range in North America, and the consequences of their absence are apparent in arid landscapes like those found in southern Alberta. These...

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Building Resilience to Climate Change

Building Resilience to Climate Change

Restoring Riparian Refuges: Part 1 – Building Resilience to Climate Change By David Fields Climate change is a present and growing threat to our ecosystems and coldwater streams across Canada. The impacts of climate change can include reduced snowpack, which will...

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Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter By Heidi Poca Winter is now upon us in Canada, meaning colder weather, snow and ice; but what does this mean for our fish and other aquatic species? Fish are confined to the frigid waters of rivers and lakes, yet they survive year after year! This...

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Following The Path of Least Resistance +

Following The Path of Least Resistance +

Following The Path of Least Resistance By: Sara Jose – SWAT Crew Member A drainage basin is an area of land where water from precipitation drains into a waterbody, like a river or lake. Drainage basins include the land the water drains off of, and the streams the...

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Connect & Protect Hamilton

Connect & Protect Hamilton

Connect & Protect Hamilton On September 17th, 2022, Trout Unlimited Canada, in partnership with Brown Girl Outdoor World (BGOW) hosted the second Connect and Protect event at Joe Sams Park in Hamilton Ontario. Connect and Protect is a program that was designed for...

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Record Lake Trout Rescued

Record Lake Trout Rescued

Record Lake Trout Rescued By Richard Burke, TUC Oldman Chapter A record Lake Trout was among the fish rescued from the St. Mary River canal. TUC's Oldman Chapter members and volunteers were among 26 persons on the second day of two field days this week saving...

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UnSmoke Canada

UnSmoke Canada

UnSmoke Canada By: Sara Jose SWAT Crew Member According to the World Wildlife Fund, cigarette butts are the most littered object in Canada. Despite popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable, and are primarily made of plastic (Cellulose Acetate). Cigarette...

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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade By: Heidi Poca As stream restoration technicians, we use a variety of tools and equipment to get the job done. From building habitat structures to sediment mats, to wing deflectors, here is a list of our top 10 tools of the trade. 10. Pry Bar...

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