Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) staff monitor a variety of species in the watershed. However, specific communities such as fish and species at risk can be key indicators of watershed health.
Fish communities can be used as indicators of localized, temporal environmental conditions such as in-stream habitat, water quality and water temperature. Cool water species, such as the introduced Rainbow Trout can be found in Little Creek, Mill Creek and Lower Kettle Creek. Generally, the Kettle Creek watershed supports a warm water fishery and boasts several species of interest for sport fishing such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, panfish and catfish.
KCCA conducts yearly screening surveys in areas of interest. This approach is used to generate a list of the common fish species at a site. A screening survey characterizes the fish community at a site provided that all habitats are sampled. This type of survey also provides qualitative data on the species abundance at a site.
The Kettle Creek watershed’s diverse flora and fauna is due in large part to its geographic location within the Carolinian Life Zone. This zone is affectionately known as the “banana belt” of Canada due to warm annual temperatures and mild winters. However, the area is also the most developed part of southern Ontario and the natural habitat is facing increased pressure from human activities.
Wildlife in the Watershed
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Water Conservation Supervisor
Tel: (519) 631-1270 ext. 228
Found an injured bird or animal?
Contact Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation
Tel: (519) 868-1937