Bluebur Blues

Event Details

July 18th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Oxley (Willow Creek), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Invasive plants, like bluebur, have adverse effects on native ecosystems. Get your hands dirty and help us pull weeds in the Southern Foothills to end this ecosystem’s bluebur blues. Learn more about invasive species and the property while enjoying the fresh air!

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About Oxley (Willow Creek)

Located in the Willow Creek municipal district, Oxley is based in one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world: grasslands. This fragile landscape is important to a variety of wildlife, including elk, cougars, wolves and prairie falcon. At 917 acres (371 ha.), and formerly part of an 80,000 hectare (nearly 200,000 ac.) property, the Oxley complex is one of the oldest working ranches in Alberta.

NCC acquired the Oxley complex 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

You will pull out Bluebur using weeding shovels. Activity will involve bending, pulling and walking around the property. By removing this invasive plant, you will help native plants flourish!

Why you will love it

You will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of this property in the Southern Foothills, brush up on your plant ID skills and see one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world: the grasslands!


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Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine. Additional information will be sent out to you prior to the event.

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-toe shoes
  • Long pants
  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Backpack
  • 1 Liter of water in a reusable water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication