The Iconic and Elusive Harper Creek Brook Trout
Sustained by groundwater, cold and fasting flowing, Harper Creek in the south west end of Peterborough is home to one of the few remaining wild brook trout populations in Southern Ontario. And so little is known about them. In the fall of 2016, a citizen science effort led to the identification of preferred spawning habitat within the creek, and a first good look at this cryptic species; a first attempt to gauge trout numbers, their presence and use of habitat in the main branch and tributaries of Harper Creek.
But where do the trout go after spawning; in wintertime, or at night? What are the factors that influence trout movement within the creek and it’s tributaries? What impact does human development have on the behaviour of these fish, and why?
By tagging 20 brook trout, the research team will be able to follow their daily and seasonal movement, providing a window into the life history of wild brook trout in an urbanized watershed.
Once the study is underway, this page will feature our ‘Fund and Follow a Fish‘ donors along with photos, stats and updates on the stars of the study: The 20 tagged Brook Trout.