The Amazing World of Ottawa’s Streams

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Come out and learn more about Sawmill Creek, one of Ottawa’s many urban streams. What do aquatic insects and fish need for food and habitat, and what are the effects of urbanization on these requirements?

This presentation will focus on instream habitat features for these organisms, the effects of urbanization on watercourses and the importance of healthy streams in regards to larger river systems. Sawmill Creek was surveyed in 2003 and 2008 by City Stream Watch, and it will be used as an example during the discussion. Participants will also have a chance to try out sampling for aquatic insects in Sawmill Creek and identifying them in trays.

When: July 24 at 2 pm, with tour guide Julia Sutton
Location: Riverside Park (near Billings Bridge Mall) in Ottawa
Meeting Spot: Mouth of Sawmill Creek (north of Bank) along Riverside

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear – there are some steep areas. Participants will have a chance to try out sampling for aquatic insects in Sawmill Creek and identifying them in trays.

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