Bee Patrol

Event Details

April 12th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Gambling Lake (Lindbrook), Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Join us as we head out to prep the Gambling Lake property for the arrival of the birds and the bees! Following proper safety protocols, we will clean out and fix any bird nesting boxes that have fallen into disrepair. In addition, we will be placing nesting material back into the underground bee boxes installed on this property by volunteers in 2016.
Once the work has been completed, our science manager Craig Harding, will lead volunteers through a mock pollinator monitoring session.
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!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Gambling Lake (Lindbrook)

Gambling Lake is an ecologically diverse, 63 hectare (150 ac.) property just north of Miquelon Lake provincial park that features mixed boreal forests, shrublands, grasslands, lake shores and wetlands. The area’s extensive wetlands provide habitat for a diversity of waterfowl, including blue-winged teal, American wigeon, northern pintail, lesser scaup and bufflehead. Even trumpeter swans, considered endangered in Alberta until July 2014, have been spotted on the property!

NCC acquired the Gambling Lake property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

Following proper safety protocol, we will clean out and record data on the remaining bird houses that were not cleaned out last fall. In addition, we will be placing nesting material (in this case it is upholsterers’ cotton) into the bee boxes which were installed on this property in July 2016.

Why you will love it

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn the ropes behind the pollinator monitoring program occurring on the Gambling Lake property this summer. As an added bonus, for those volunteers who are interested, you will encouraged to sign up as an official pollinator monitor. This citizen science opportunity will give individuals the chance to sign up for a monitoring shift for a later date in the summer. Hurray for citizen scientists!


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Please bring a lunch with you. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. The event is dependent on weather. If the event cannot run for any reason, NCC staff will inform you in advance.

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
  • Long shirt
  • Warm layers of clothing (including a wind proof outer jacket)
  • Hat
  • Raingear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications