SSA CONSERVATION PROJECTS
Although frequently associated with sporting pursuits, the SSA’s involvement in conservation projects is considered to be even more important. Over the years the SSA has been associated with some ground-breaking initiatives that give pride not only to the association, but to the region in general. Several of those are listed blow. SSA Conservation Projects Highlights
- Nesting Box construction and maintenance for species such as Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Ducks, and American Kestrels.
- Nesting platforms for Geese and Puddle Ducks are constructed and erected.
- Bat boxes and toad slabs are constructed and distributed
- A Demonstration Wildlife Management Area is under construction near the Club House
- Interpretive trails are being developed on the S S A club property
- Wildlife Management occurs through habitat manipulation in area woodlands
- Monitor deer yards to provide information for management
- Many members are involved with the public in our annual Pitch-In campaign during which we clean up streamside litter in and around Owen Sound
On the fishing side are the many Stream Enhancement projects in which valuable tributaries of Coldwater streams are fenced, stabilized and narrowed as required. Cattle access areas are constructed with landowner permission. The SSA is credited with the largest artificial spawning channels east of the Rockies. These channels are situated on the Sydenham River downstream of Inglis Falls.
Due to the generosity of the Weaver family, we have been permitted to operate two hatcheries on Weaver’s Creek in Derby Township. In the largest, Chinook Salmon and Skamania Rainbow Trout are raised. Native Rainbow Trout make their home in the smaller hatchery.
An extremely significant event each August is the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular. This major fund raiser involves 300+ volunteers and provides a world class fishing tournament. Much of our conservation funding is due to this spectacular event (which just happens to be a lot of fun as well).