Inaugural Bras d’Or Watch field day a success
Event drew approximately 175 people
People of all ages were lakeside Saturday afternoon exploring and learning about the Bras d’Or Lake.
The inaugural Bras d’Or Watch Field Day was held Saturday afternoon at six sites on the island and drew approximately 175 participants.
“We’re certainly pleased with the turnout,” said Annamarie Hatcher, chair of the Bras d’Or Watch committee. “I think it was a very positive first step and the people who came, most of them were really committed to learning.”
Hatcher said it was really nice to see the enthusiasm of participants as they took part in a variety of activities aimed at educating them about Bras d’Or Lake and its ecosystem
Activities at the six Bras d’Or Watch sites — Baddeck, Ben Eoin, Grand Narrows, Eskasoni, St. Peter’s and Whycocomagh — varied Saturday and included people taking part in bird watching, walks, diving, ecosystem surveying, beach seining, and wading into the water looking for crabs and fish.
Scientists familiar with the ecology of the area were also at each site to answer questions and show people some of the important components of the ecosystem.
Hatcher said some participants at a couple of the sites have already made plans to get together again soon for Bras d’Or Lake-related activities.
“There’s some real interest in keeping this going,” she said.
Hatcher said organizers also plan to make the Bras d’Or Watch Field Day an annual event.
“It’s definitely going to be a regular thing and it’s going to bring people down to the shore,” she said.
Bras d’Or Watch is a citizen- based monitoring project of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association.
The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve is the 16th biosphere reserve to be designated in Canada.
Kaitlyn Cann, from left, Laura Holden and Jen Cooper were three of the biologists who helped out with Bras d’Or Watch Field Day activities at Ben Eoin Beach Campground.