Critter of the week for Oct. 17-23

Check out the critter of the week below. It’s the snowshoe hare!14706826_1141431909257050_2826115263460521930_o

Tree planting ramps up with student volunteers

Over the past two weeks the Nashwaak Watershed Association has seen several student volunteers dedicate their time to plant trees on the Marysville Flats.


The Marysville Flats is a section of the Nashwaak River which is part of the Nashwaak Greenway. The future vision of the Nashwaak Greenway is that it will be a publicly held forest and wetland area, with trails and river access points. The Greenway will be maintained as a natural landscape within walking distance the city centre and maintained for the use of all.

You can learn more about the Greenway project here:

On Saturday, Sept.24, students from St. Thomas University arrived at The Ville to volunteer their time as part of the STU Cares Day of Action.


Students planted silver maples, a fast growing tree which will compliment the wetland area, while other students helped plant flowers and plants just outside The Ville.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, students from Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School arrived at the flats to play games, plant trees and do some critter dipping. Students smiled and screamed as they discovered new wildlife in the river, and helped bring some life to the ground.img_9552


“We planted bur oak and silver maple,” said Grade 3 student Howi Gudina. “They can live longer.”

Gudina had polished up on her tree knowledge before coming to the flats, and even knew why it was so important to plant trees in the area.

“When it floods from the river and it comes over here the trees will soak up all the water,” she said.

Student Logan Domas said the bur oak is more resilient than most trees.

“The bur oak can stand through fire,” Domas said.

Students from Barkers Point Elementary School will be coming to plant trees in the coming weeks before the frosty weather arrives. The Nashwaak Watershed Association hopes to provide a fun, educational experiences for the remaining classes.

We would like to thank Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School and St. Thomas University for their participation over the past two weeks.





Tree Planting Event, September 21, 1pm

The Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc. and the City of Fredericton have been working together since 2011 on the restoration and preservation of this beautiful and valuable landscape known as a silver maple wetland forest.

This specific forest typtreeplantinge is among the rarest, and most productive ecologies in eastern North America, and is home to many endangered species, as well as a favorite spot for paddling, fishing, and photography. More families come each year to picnic and play on the shores, and in the winter it is crisscrossed with people skiing or snow shoeing.

The planting of trees on this landscape may well be one the of the most effective and long lasting actions we can take today, to ensure that this beautiful place remains healthy and available to future generations.

Once restored, it can stand for centuries as a testimony to the wisdom and vision of todays’ city council and staff, and as an example of green infrastructure at its very best.

NWAI welcomes new Project Coordinator

The Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc. welcomes Dr. Jillian Hudgins to the role of Project Coordinator. A native of Fredericton, Jillian has a background in geology and marine sciences and has worked internationally for the last 6 years in the non-profit sector. She is particularly interested in citizen science data collection programs and community involvement in conservation issues. Drop by to our office at “The Ville” to say hello!


Project Coordinator

The application process has closed for the Project Coordinator position. Thanks to all the candidates who  applied and are interested in the management of the Nashwaak River Watershed as a healthy ecosystem. We welcome volunteers to assist with tree planting.


Executive Director Joins the NWAI

The Nashwaak Watershed Asssociation Inc. welcomes Marieka Chaplin to the role of Executive Director. Marieka has worked for over 20 years in the non-profit sector, primarily in NB. She is a biologist, wetland delineator, P. Ag, wife, and mother to three children. Drop by to our office at “The Ville” to say hello!


Nashwaak Watershed Association Seeks Project Manager

The Nashwaak Watershed Association is now accepting applications for its Project Manager Position. Job posting/requirements are available in the PDF below.

UPDATE: The submission period for this position is now CLOSED. We are reviewing the applications and will contact those candidates for whom a further interview is desired. Thank you for your submissions.

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Register now for the 4th annual St. John River Summit


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Atlantic Salmon Federation Dinner & Auction

FACT SHEET - ASF Fredericton Dinner 2016The 24th Annual Atlantic Salmon Federation Fredericton Dinner and Auction has grown into one of their premier fund-raising events in New Brunswick. The evening is an opportunity for conservationists, salmon anglers and friends to share ideas and tell tales of their fishing adventures and conservation interests – whether it is restoration work on the Nashwaak River to help recover the endangered outer Bay of Fundy salmon, or fishing one of New Brunswick’s pristine rivers from the Miramichi to the Restigouche. An exciting part of the evening is the live auction which includes trips to some of the most sought after fishing waters in the world, original works of art, fishing gear and many other unique items.

Event: Dinner and Auction
Location: Fredericton Inn
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Attendance Goal: 300-350
Dress: Business Casual

6:00 pm Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 pm Dinner & Live Auction

2016 Fund Raising Objective: $40,000 Net Proceeds for Salmon Conservation Work 

Live Auction Items – includes high end fishing trips, art and other “non” fishing items
Silent Auction Items – includes donations from local retailers, restaurants/hotels, flies and fishing gear


Proceeds Are to Benefit the Conservation Programs of ASF

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is one of North America’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations, founded over a half century ago by individuals who shared a deep commitment to conservation and an abiding respect for a majestic and severely threatened fish and its environment. The wild Atlantic salmon is truly a symbol of healthy rivers and ecosystems. Today ASF is a powerful conservation force with six regional councils, including the New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC), and 150 local river-based organizations in eastern Canada and New England, representing a combined membership of more than 40,000 dedicated conservationists.

The NBSC is a volunteer body representing 30 salmon angling/conservation groups in the ASF family in New Brunswick. The NBSC plays a strong role in supporting its diverse affiliates in their ongoing efforts to restore wild Atlantic salmon through habitat enhancement, monitoring, advocacy and increasing engagement through youth programs. The local affiliate here on the St. John River, the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc., has been the driving force in ongoing efforts to achieve downstream fish passage at hydropower dams on the river system. Improved passage for smolts and kelts is critical to the future of Atlantic salmon on the St. John system. The NBSC has partnered with ASF in making a significant contribution toward the smolt and kelt tracking research program being undertaken in the Miramichi and Restigouche watersheds to help unravel the mystery of high at-sea mortality. The promotion of conservation-minded angling practices, community-based watershed management, maintaining protection of the resource (e.g. protection barriers) and the introduction of youth to recreational salmon fishing and conservation are important objectives of this volunteer conservation organization in the ASF family.


Conservation Table of 8: $2,000
Sponsor Table of 8: $1,500
Regular Table of 8: $800
Individual Ticket: $100

A Sponsor and Conservation Level of support includes a table of 8, a charitable receipt, preferred seating, and recognition of support in the evening program, power point presentation as well as special mention from the podium.

To RSVP please contact: Telephone: 1-800-565-5666, E-mail: or fax: 506-529-1070.

FACT SHEET – ASF Fredericton Dinner 2016

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Volunteers Needed for Summer Work

river shotIts spring and the Nashwaak Watershed Association is once again seeking volunteers to help out at the Rotary Fish Traps (smelt wheels) on the Nashwaak River. The time commitment is a ½ day, weekend morning and it is a really interesting experience.

Below is a list of the dates for which volunteers are needed. If you are interested, please e-mail Peter Salonius at: or telephone him at (506) 459-6663 to let him know on which dates you might be available.

NOTE: You may not be needed on the day you have chosen if the operation is not taking place due to high water or lack of fish in the days previous. You must wear a personal floatation device / life jacket and waterproof boots …… dressing appropriately for the weather (rain, cold, or heat etc)

What you can expect

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) technician who will be on duty for your morning will contact you by phone a day or so before to set a time and place to meet. The tech can often pick you up at your residence on the way out to the smolt wheels that are just downstream from Durham Bridge, and drop you back at your residence when the work is completed.

The wheel(s) look like cement mixers with the big end facing upstream — the current makes the wheel rotate and downstream and migrating fish are gently directed by the wheel’s rotation into a holding well at the downstream end of the unit.

You will travel by motorboat upriver to the smolt wheel that is guy-wired in the main current, and tie up the boat to the deck (like a floating dock). The tech will do most of the operation (clearing debris from the wheel and fish well, netting the fish and depositing them in buckets in the boat) but he or she will need you to tally the salmon smolts as WILD or HATCHERY ORIGIN in groups of five, as well as marking down other species and their sizes on waterproof paper in a log book.

Once back on shore, the retained fish in buckets will be anesthetized, measured, weighed and a scale sample will be removed for later analysis to determine how many years they have been in the river since hatching from the egg — here again you will be making entries in the log book and marking lengths and weights on sample envelopes into which the glass slides with the scales are deposited. A certain number of the fish will have a small part of their fleshy adipose fin removed / clipped off, which is an operation requiring both you and the tech. At the end of the morning, the marked fish will be taken several km upstream and placed back in the river.

What we learn from this process

The proportion of the fish that are recaptured on subsequent days will indicate how much of the total population is being captured by the wheel(s) so that the total number of juveniles migrating toward the ocean can be estimated at the end of the season. DFO operates an adult fish counting fence in the same location during the summer so that the numbers of salmon returning from the ocean can be compared to the smolt numbers that migrated to the ocean. This measure gives an indication of marine survival. The Nashwaak River is used as the INDEX river for all salmon streams downstream from the Mactaquac dam.

Thank you!

Planned dates for counts

Saturday, April 23
Sunday, April 24

Saturday, April 30
Sunday, May 1

Saturday, May 7
Sunday, May 8

Saturday, May 14
Sunday, May 15

Saturday, May 21
Sunday, May 22
MONDAY, May 23

Saturday, May 28
Sunday, May 29