Monthly Meeting: Brook Trout in Harper & Byersville Creeks….a Story of Survival

Brook trout in spawning colours.
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre
2505 Pioneer Rd – Peterborough

Date(s) – 09/12/2018
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Speaker:   Scott Blair, MSc. Candidate at Trent University – Environmental and Life Sciences

Subject: The native Brook Trout population within Harper Creek and Byersville Creek

Scott was first introduced to the Harper Creek brook trout population with Kim Zippel and Don McLeod during spawning surveys in the fall of 2016.  He could not fathom that these trout were reproducing in what is merely a road side ditch.  His fascination with this population of trout quickly turned into a research opportunity.  Scott will be presenting to us some of the preliminary findings of their habitat use and movement within the creeks, along with some of the reasons as to how these trout are surviving in this urban environment.

Brook trout in spawning colours.

A Brook Trout in full spawning colours, taken in the fall of 2016, in Harper Creek.