A Ribbiting Evening

Event Details

June 21st, 2019, 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Witt Property (Elkwater), Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Looking for a “ribbiting” way to spend an evening? Join us at the Witt-Reesor property in the beautiful Cypress Hills as we venture out for our first ever amphibian survey at the site! Learn how to identify local amphibian species by sight and sound, then apply these new found powers of observation to see what you can detect.

Before the survey starts, volunteers will also help improve the local habitat by cleaning up garbage from the property so the local amphibian species can thrive!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

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About Witt Property (Elkwater)

The Witt property was once a part of the historic Reesor Ranch before it was purchased in partnership by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Located on the north edge of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, this 169 acre property provides habitat for passing wildlife, as well as an additional buffer from development along the park. Today the property is still part of a working landscape where cattle ranching and conservation go hand-in-hand. The property also features healthy native fescue grasslands and hosts a large wetland complex, which is home to a diversity of waterfowl like the red necked grebe.

What you will be doing

We will begin our evening with a quick garbage clean-up, then "jump" into a visual survey for amphibians to document any species we spot while the daylight lasts. Then right before sunset, we’ll take a break and lead you in an engaging workshop that will put your ears to the test! You'll listen to recordings of the various frog and toad calls and learn how to identify each species by sound. After the sun goes down, we’ll put your new knowledge to the test! Since amphibians call more at night, we’ll be embarking on the auditory half of our survey approximately half an hour after sunset.

Why you will love it

Who doesn’t love learning about the creatures behind those croaks you hear in the distance! Improve your identification skills, while helping NCC collect important data on amphibian species and the health of the local habitat. The data you collect will be used to help determine future stewardship needs for the property.


Contact Alejandra Guerrero: alejandra.guerrero@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. We ask, however, that you please bring dinner with you for the evening. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will proceed rain or shine.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Long pants
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Backpack
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Dinner
  • Any necessary medications