Backroads and Bluebirds – CANCELLED

Event Details

September 22nd, 2017, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Waterton Park Front, Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Please Note: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the wildfire situation in Waterton currently, we have decide to cancel this event. We are hoping to reschedule later in October, we will update you as soon as we have more details. 

Fly with us as we venture down the Bluebird Trail for our annual fall monitoring and clean out. We will be joined by special guest Steven Shumborski from the Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society, who will share his knowledge and expert tips with the group. Afterwards, join NCC staff at the Hood House for a light brunch!

This event takes place during Waterton’s Wildlife Weekend which runs from September 22nd to September 24th. Come out and contribute to the conservation initiatives taking place in this significant area, then stick around for a weekend of wildlife courses, workshops, and exhibits!

Carpooling from Calgary can be arranged.

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About Waterton Park Front

For decades, NCC has worked with private landowners to protect more than 100 square kilometres surrounding Waterton National Park, creating a natural buffer for the species that live in this area, which include grizzly and black bears, cougars, wolves, moose, elks, white-tailed and mule deer. Fortunately for these species, the ranchers who for generations have cared for the area surrounding the park, are careful stewards of their land. Their sustainable use of the ranchlands has meant that many species continue to thrive here. The area came to the attention of the NCC in 1997, when a crucial half section of land on the boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park came up for sale. The property, containing a lake that was home to trumpeter swans, was just what developers were looking for. NCC recognized this as an urgent and critical priority for conservation.

With the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, NCC has continued to work with landowners to negotiate deals that will help them to protect their land for the long term, either through direct purchase or by placing conservation agreements on their properties.

What you will be doing

Participants will help us record data on the bluebird boxes along our adopted trail. All data collected will be submitted to the Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society.

Why you will love it

Get a first hand glimpse into the feathered friends who make use of the nesting habitats installed alongside several NCC properties in the Waterton Park Front. Volunteers will also be treated to a light brunch at the NCC Hood House after the monitoring!


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Please Note

Brunch will be provided after the event, please let us know of any dietary restrictions. All tools and safety equipment will be provided. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine. Toilets are available at the beginning and end of the event.

Moderate fitness level required
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal
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:

  • Sturdy closed toed shoes
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long sleeved pants
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Water Bottle
  • Backpack
  • Camera (recommended)
  • Any necessary medications