We’ve kicked off our 2022 STREAM/CABIN training season

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Living Lakes Canada’s first STREAM/CABIN biomonitoring certification course of the year recently took place on Kimberley Creek in Kimberley, B.C. We saw 11 participants join us from the Lake Windermere Ambassadors and the Elk River Alliance, with the session hosted by three Living Lakes Canada trainers. eDNA Program Coordinator Rhia MacKenzie is a new member of the Living Lakes Canada team and she expressed her enthusiasm for her day of field work with Living Lakes Canada,

“I had a great time in Kimberley CABIN/STREAM training… The CABIN program is a great way for groups to monitor trends and impacts to aquatic systems’ health. The STREAM program utilizes cost effective cutting edge metabarcoding technology of soft tissue Environmental DNA, and I am very excited to see how this program expands in the future!”

2022 is the fourth year of the STREAM (Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring) project that Living Lakes Canada is delivering in partnership with WWF-Canada, the University of Guelph and Environment and Climate Change Canada. During the training courses, the STREAM/CABIN protocols are discussed and practiced. Participants collect DNA samples from freshwater bodies during their training that will be sent to the University of Guelph to undergo DNA metabarcoding. These sessions are held throughout Canada and allow the participants to go on to monitor for the presence of benthic invertebrates which provides critical information about freshwater health.

We will be holding more training sessions throughout the year with the next session taking place in Fredericton, New Brunswick. We are expecting about 15 participants to join us from a variety of locations across Newfoundland to Nova Scotia for this session. We are particularly excited for this session as it will be our first course in Atlantic Canada.

JUNE 1ST STREAM DATA WORKSHOP

Living Lakes Canada’s STREAM & DNA metabarcoding program recently hosted an online data workshop that saw over 50 STREAM participants in attendance. The workshop provided the opportunity for community-based water monitors and  to learn more about the presence and absence of data from their collected samples and the health of the waterways they’re monitoring. A recording of this workshop along with PDFs of the presentations are available below. 

For more information contact Living Lakes Canada’s STREAM Program Manager Raegan Mallinson: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca.

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