|Back on June 2, we posted an entry about a volunteer training session that we did in Banff National Park. At that time we were completing our field certification of Environment Canada's "CABIN" protocol which assesses the water quality in rivers and streams by looking at the Benthic Invertibrate populations (bugs that live under rocks in the stream). We spent the last few days putting that training to use and getting out in the field with Paula, another 5 year volunteer and Charlie, the Park's Aquatic Specialist. We hiked all of our equipment into a beautiful spot on the Cascade River near Lake Minnewanka on the first day. That was our refresher day and it took us a while to get the hang of things again. Luckily Charlie is very patient! The second day we drove to 2 different sites, one on Brewster Creek and the other on Healy Creek. The third day was the highlight day as we were transported to 3 different sites along the Spray River by helicoptor. This experience has definitely been the highlight of the 5 years of volunteer work we've done in Banff National Park. We've learned alot, have really enjoyed working with Charlie and the other volunteers and can see how the results of this work will have a direct, positive impact on the Park. Can't ask for much more from a volunteer experience! And we get to do it again next year.