Dorothy Chambers holds up a large salmon for the crowd of preschoolers to admire. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Bright red salmon appear at Saanich’s Colquitz River fish fence

Local preschool group looks on in delight while volunteers work

The Saanich Neighbourhood Place Full o’Beans Preschool stopped by the Colquitz River fish fence on Tuesday morning to watch volunteers pull the bright red salmon from the fish fence.

The preschool is located inside the G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre which shares a parking lot with Cuthbert Holmes Park – where the fish fence was built.

The children – dressed in full rain gear – stop by just about every day to watch Salmon in the City volunteers pull fish out of the trap for data collection before plopping them back into the Colquitz River.

READ ALSO: First coho of the season spotted in the Colquitz River

Squeals of excitement ring out every time Dorothy Chambers, Colquitz River advocate and Salmon in the City volunteer, lifts yet another salmon out of the water.

Beatrice Toner, community engagement coordinator for Saanich Neighbourhood Place, noted that the Full o’Beans preschool “prioritizes being outdoors” and having the children explore what they’re interested in.

The group takes an outdoor walk through the park on a daily basis and always checks in at the fish fence to see if there’s something exciting happening, she explained.

“It’s really a highlight for them to see that evolution over the fall.”

The children also read books and go over learning materials relating to salmon in their classroom, Toner noted. The preschool is inquiry based and child-led, so the curriculum is tailored to the children’s interests and they love nature as they’re outdoors so often.

READ ALSO: Colquitz River salmon draw school kids and passers-by alike

The salmon are coming through the fence more steadily now, Chambers noted. She indicated that four bright red males and three females were pulled from the trap at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Volunteers assessed the fish while the children looked on before putting them back into the river so they could continue on their spawning journey.

Chambers and the other Salmon in the City volunteers expect to be counting salmon at the trap several times each day until the end of November or December this year. All collected data is reported to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to keep track of the local salmon population.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Province launches lawsuit over Esquimalt sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after being dropped from marine lift in 2018

Colwood tops Grumpy Taxpayer$ 2019 Candy Cane Awards

Yearly awards for improved governance go to Colwood, Oak Bay, Victoria

Byelection to replace Victoria councillor set to cost more than $140,000

Staff recommend a smaller election process for March 14

North Saanich Fire Department wins national Movember challenge

Team raises more than urban Edmonton, Toronto firefighters

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Island blues musician’s mother’s home burglarized and ransacked

David Gogo’s 71-year-old mother has jewelry and artwork stolen in break-in

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

Most Read