CANCELLED – A Rose Among the Thorns

Event Details

June 14th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Marsh property, Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Let’s kick off the Waterton Wildflower Festival with a day spent on the beautiful Marsh property! This property offers stunning views of where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains in the very southwest corner of Alberta. Last year, volunteers found and removed burdock rosettes from the aspen stands on this property. We are going to venture back with volunteers again this year for the most effective control. In the afternoon, we will take a walk through the grasslands and perform a bio-blitz as we go to find the roses among the thorns.

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About Marsh property

The Marsh conservation property covers 3,000 acres (1,224 hectares) of land along the slopes of Birds Eye Butte, just 1.5 kilometers east of the Waterton Lakes National Park boundary.

From scenic springs to fabulous foothills, the property is home to a diversity of plants, including rare species like Mountain Lady’s-slipper. Not only is the area prime habitat for large carnivores like grizzly bear, several iconic bird species such as red-tailed hawk, sandhill crane, and even long-billed curlew have been spotted on the property.

Thanks to the vision of our partners and the long-term commitment of area ranchers, more than 100 square kilometres (32,000 acres/13,000 hectares) of the stunning landscape bordering Waterton Lakes National Park, including this property, have been protected as conservation lands forever.


What you will be doing

With the wildflowers abloom, the property’s full beauty will be on display! With support and instruction from NCC staff, volunteers will help control the infestation of weeds on this property, including burdock. Afterwards, we will explore and perform a bio-blitz using the iNaturalist app and guide books.

Why you will love it

This kicks off the start of the Waterton Wildflower Festival! We encourage volunteers to stick around for a few days and take in some of the wonderful and intriguing educational courses, workshops, and art exhibits! Volunteers will also have a chance to learn about the grassbanking project which is occurring on the Marsh property. What is grassbanking you may ask? I guess you’ll just have to sign up to find out!


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Please Note

If possible, download the iNaturalist app on your smart phone before the event! Guide books will also be available for use. Please bring a lunch with you. All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go 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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Lunch
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medications Smartphone with iNaturalist app if available