Putting up Nest Boxes in Howe Bay

Event Details

September 8th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Howe Bay (Cardigan), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

The focus of this event has changed at the last minute! Apologies to volunteers who already signed up.

Join NCC as we install owl nest boxes in the Howe Bay Nature Reserve. The nest boxes were built last year by volunteers, and now it is time to install them for the nesting owls to use next spring!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Howe Bay (Cardigan)

Only 20 km northwest of Cardigan, the Howe Bay properties are a mix of 31 acres (12.5 ha.) of aspen and spruce old growth forests, agricultural fields and wetlands. Aspen trees, which remain standing and go soft when they die, attract woodpeckers to carve into and use as their home, attracting species like northern flying squirrels, black-capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches once the woodpeckers leave their tree.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be helping to install four large wooden nest boxes in Howe Bay Nature Reserve. Volunteers will need to carry in a ladder, saws, and the nest boxes. Branches in the trees need to be cut down in order to make room for the nest boxes.

Why you will love it

This will be a smaller event with a trusted team of individuals. The nest boxes will serve has habitat for various cavity nesting wildlife. The boxes are good for Northern Saw-whet owls, and American kestrels for boxes installed next to the open field. Otherwise, the boxes will be “adopted” by other forest species like northern flying squirrels or red squirrels.


Contact Courtney: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

This work requires volunteers to be physically fit, and be comfortable lifting objects and climbing ladders.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted before the event. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those who register.

Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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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:

  • Work gloves if you'd like to bring your own
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Reusable water bottle with water
  • Lunch