Bring your heart to Kindwood
February 14th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Kindwood, British Columbia
Come share your love with nature this Valentines Day! The pockets of Garry oak habitat on Kindwood need your help to remove Scotch broom and other invasive plants that are creeping into them. Scattered among the mature Coastal Douglas-fir forest, these Garry oak outcrops will be able to flourish this spring with a little help from their friends.
This event is part of our first ever Garry Oak Meadow Marathon, which harnesses the power of volunteers to help get our Garry oak ecosystems across Great Victoria ready for spring.
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The 72-acre (29-hectare) Kindwood Conservation Area is located in the District of Highlands on Vancouver Island, just north of Victoria. The Kindwood property was acquired as part of the transfer of 26 properties from the Land Conservancy to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2015. Kindwood is dominated by Coastal Douglas-fir forests, with rocky Garry oak outcrop ecosystems interspersed throughout. These globally-imperiled ecosystems support disproportionately high levels of biodiversity in comparison to other ecosystems in coastal British Columbia. Rare and endangered species like the peregrine falcon require intact forested habitat, such as that found at Kindwood, for nesting and perching. NCC acquired the Kindwood Conservation Area 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
Volunteers will help in the ongoing restoration efforts of this globally rare ecosystem. On this day we will be focusing on removing broom, an invasive plant that out-competes local native species. Volunteers will also learn how to use the iNaturalist app so we will conduct a mini bioblitz on the conservation area.Why you will love it
Volunteers who come to three or more events from the Meadow Marathon at three different sites will be entered into a draw to win fabulous nature prizes.Questions?
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Please bring loppers and work gloves, if you prefer to use your own. If you have a smartphone or iPad, please bring it to use during the bioblitz. We will be using the iNaturalist app to identify species.
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 shoes or boots
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Smartphone or Ipad
- Water bottle