Digging for Habitat: Napier Lake Ranch

Event Details

October 15th, 2016, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

This event will focus on installing burrows for burrowing owls. Burrowing owls, who nest in the ground, are currently extirpated (locally extinct) in BC. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is partnering with the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC to reintroduce these owls to BC’s grassland ecosystems. NCC has previously done work with burrowing owls here in the Okanagan Valley, as well as in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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About Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area

Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area, south of Kamloops, is a mosaic of native grassland habitats. Located along a flyway for many bird species, Napier Lake Ranch occupies an important transition zone from grasslands to Douglas-fir forests. This variety of habitats makes it an ideal corridor for animals who migrate to different areas between summer and winter. Thanks to the conservation-minded family who has maintained the site, cows, grouse, birds of prey and other wildlife co-exist on this important linkage between other protected lands.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will install 24 burrows by digging long trenches in the ground and lining them with pipe. This prepares for spring 2017, when the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC will release owls into the burrows. This is the first introduction of burrowing owls on Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area.

Why you will love it

Experience this amazing grassland while you contribute to the reintroduction of an important species; the return of burrowing owls signifies a healthy grassland ecosystem.


Contact : bc@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

We will meet in the Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area parking lot. Directions: From Kamloops, travel south towards Quilchena on Highway 5A. Turn right (west) off of the highway just after Richie Lake. There is a Nature Conservancy of Canada sign marking the driveway into the Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area. Travel up the dirt road until you arrive at the parking area, where we will meet. Transportation from the parking area to the digging site will be provided. Bring your own lunch and water, weather-appropriate layers of clothing that can get dirty, and gardening gloves if you have them. Other tools will be provided.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
All tools will be provided by NCC


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-toed footwear
  • Layers of clothing
  • Hat
  • Raingear (weather-dependent)
  • Gardening gloves (if you have them)
  • Water
  • Lunch