On Tuesday morning, our Environmental Science 11 class set out to measure stream gauge (volume of water flowing per second) in nearby Hartl Creek following some significant rainfall over the past two weeks. Some years, salmon fry from our hatchery are released directly into Hartl Creek to make their way into Shawnigan Creek, so Hartl is their natal stream – meaning they will seek to return to it. Measuring stream gauge helps us to know if the creek has enough water for salmon to return. It’s also an opportunity for the students to learn how groundwater seeps back into surface water.
We will be getting salmon eggs at the eyes stage later in December and students will nurture them through each of their developmental stages in our hatchery before releasing them in the spring.
– Laura Robson, Science teacher
Shawnigan Lake School is adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines released by the BC Ministries of Health and Education, including those regarding learning cohorts, physical distancing and mask-wearing when appropriate.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.