Bringing down the House!

Event Details

September 8th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Howe Bay, PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Many hands make light work! NCC needs the help of some strong and hardworking individuals to move a house (yes, a house) off our Howe Bay Nature Reserve to help restore the area to its natural state!

Volunteers will help to take apart and transport pieces of an old house from the nature reserve to be reclaimed at another location up the road. This will allow the area on the nature reserve to be restored back to forest.

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About Howe Bay

Howe Bay is home to old growth forests made up of a mixture of aspen trees and spruce trees. Aspen trees are great for wildlife because they stay standing after they die, making a softer wood for woodpeckers to carve into and use as their home. There are many types of wildlife that rely on these woodpecker homes for shelter after the woodpeckers are finished using them, like northern flying squirrels, wood ducks, black-capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be helping to move pieces of an old house to the Birdmouse studio, a property up the road from the nature reserve. The house will already be taken apart before the event, and will be rebuilt on the Birdmouse property at a later date, with any extra lumber used for their reclaimed wood projects. Volunteers will be asked to pick up and set down lumber and pieces of the house, and lay them in truck beds to be transported to the other location. This will require repetitive lifting. If volunteers are comfortable with heavy lifting they can help carry heavier items.

Why you will love it

By clearing the house off the nature reserve, volunteers will be able to help start the restoration back to natural habitat, ultimately helping to build up the habitat corridor made up between Howe Bay and two other protected forest areas.

Volunteers will have the chance to explore the beautiful forested landscapes, and meet new people in their community. Volunteers will also get to enjoy a BBQ lunch hosted by NCC and mingle with other volunteers when the work is done!


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Please Note

This work requires volunteers to be physically fit, and be comfortable lifting objects and doing repetitive movements.

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.

Strenuous work will be required
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

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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
  • Any necessary medications