Why We Do Restoration

Why We Do Restoration

One of Trout Unlimited Canada’s strengths is our commitment to on-the-ground action and our collective willingness to get our hands dirty and our feet wet. Our staff, chapters, and volunteers have been carrying out aquatic habitat rehabilitation for over 50 years. In...
Big Efforts for a Little Fish!

Big Efforts for a Little Fish!

Big efforts for a little fish! Written by: Angela Ten, Management Biologist What has two fan-like fins, a big head, and the world’s cutest grumpy face? The Rocky Mountain Sculpin! These funky little fish are only about 10cm long, with mottled brown and black scales...
Landon’s Creek Rehabilitation

Landon’s Creek Rehabilitation

Landon’s Creek Written By: Scott Puillandre Middle Grand Chapter Executive   The Middle Grand Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada (MGTUC) is a group of community volunteers dedicated to improving water quality and fish habitat in the middle portion of...
Not Just Flowing Waters . . .

Not Just Flowing Waters . . .

No Just Flowing Waters… Written by: Peter Little Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter Executive Member A common misperception of Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) seems to be that its work and interest are focused just on Canada’s rivers and streams and the fish and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Wandering Waterways

Wandering Waterways

By: Heidi Poca There are many aspects of the natural world that are static and stay in one place – trees, mountains, and lakes just to name a few. Streams and rivers, however, like to travel. This article will cover the four types of river channel forms, as well as...
What is Sediment Transport?

What is Sediment Transport?

Sediment transport is the movement of inorganic and organic material by water. Within a system, there are 3 sediment load types, each occupying a different part of the water column. The 3 load types are suspended load, dissolved load, and bed load. Suspended loads are...
Learning More About Arctic Grayling

Learning More About Arctic Grayling

Learning More About Arctic Grayling By Ken Monk Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter In early August, a team consisting of volunteers from Trout Unlimited Canada and the Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter joined forces with volunteer biologists and researchers from...
Clean Drain Dry

Clean Drain Dry

Clean Drain Dry Courtesy Alberta Native Trout Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are one of the biggest threats to Alberta’s waterbodies and native aquatic species. AIS can cause huge damage to our ecosystems; including reduced biodiversity and habitat quality, large...
So What’s Erosion?

So What’s Erosion?

Erosion is defined as the natural breakdown and movement of soil and rock by water, wind, or ice. Human activity can speed up erosion, especially if vegetation on the banks and surrounding areas of streams is removed. When this happens, large amounts of sediment...
Conservation and Education Report

Quarterly Reports

Trout Unlimited Canada reports on our conservation and education programming on both a quarterly and annual basis so you can see just what TUC and our Chapters have been working on. It has been a while since we last posted our quarterly reports.  As you can see by the...