Steve Sauder from the Upper Thames River Conservation brought us up to date with the impact of Covid on the operations of UTRCA.  Some of the activities of the organization have been complicated by the social distancing requirements of Covid.  For example, soft shell turtle egg collection has been complicated since the collection process is usually carried out by two people working closely together.  Other activities dependent on volunteer have been reduced.  The Authority's office is restricted to 25% of staff, but many programs are outside and still in operation.  Significant  work in improving water quality on Cedar Creek was accomplished with dam removal and stream enhancement with riffles pool creation.  Work is underway to create an Oak Savanna at Kiwanis Park.  Steve described several special bird sightings.  While the work has been changed by Covid, UTRCA has found new ways of carrying  out its mandate.
 
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