ANBL Lincoln Wetland Trailblazer

Event Details

May 14th, 2019, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Lincoln Wetlands (Fredericton), New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Pick up your shovel and your shears, because we need your help keeping up the trail on our Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve near Fredericton!

This beautiful little trail is open to the public, and serves as an outdoor classroom for the Lincoln Elementary Community School. It needs annual TLC after the spring floods and to trim back trees, branches and other vegetation that has obstructed the trail from winter storms – that’s where you come in!

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About Lincoln Wetlands (Fredericton)

These 21 acres (8.6 ha.) of protected lands were acquired in 2002 through a generous donation in memory of Gwen Ferris. This property contains silver maple floodplain forest and freshwater wetlands, providing habitat for barn swallow, northern leopard frogs, American beavers and mature butternut trees, a federally endangered tree species. Set along the St. John River, the area is prone to seasonal flooding and makes a healthy habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl.

The nature trail on the property is shared with the Lincoln Elementary Community School, and is used by teachers and students for recreation and educational activities.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be cleaning up the trail and getting it ready for students and other visitors to enjoy. Tasks include cutting back trees, branches, and shrubs that have fallen/obstructed the trail from winter storms, and cleaning up garbage and debris washed up from the spring flooding.

Why you will love it

This short trail runs through a wetland and ends at the Saint John River, revealing some magnificent old-growth silver maple riparian forest. This trail is also excellent for birding, especially this time of year! Songbirds, waterfowl, marsh birds, and raptors can all be spotted along the trail. The students even put up nest boxes for tree swallows, so be on the lookout for those!

For those of you interested in being more involved with the Lincoln Wetland Trail, please join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270041867135276/

Questions?

Contact Abigail: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Volunteers are asked to wear good boots for this event. The trail shouldn't be too wet, but rubber boots are recommended just in case. NCC will provide work gloves for everyone, along with all the necessary tools.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone.

Moderate fitness level required
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Thank you to Alcool New Brunswick Liquor for volunteering to help clean up our Lincoln Wetland Trail!

This event is made possible thanks to funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and NB Wildlife Trust Fund.

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:

Clothes
  • Warm layers
  • Long sleeves and pants
  • Good footwear (rubber boots may be best)
Miscellaneous
  • Work gloves (if you have some)
  • Reusable Water bottle
  • Any necessary medication