Digging for Habitat: Sage and Sparrow

Event Details

September 10th, 2016, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

This event will focus on installing burrows for burrowing owls. These small, long-legged 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 on this conservation area, as well as in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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About Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area

Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area is located on the border between Canada and the United States. A crucial part of a migratory corridor for wildlife, the landscape includes grasslands, rocky outcrops, sagebrush fields, gullies and dry forests. The grassland habitat in particular provides refuge for many endangered species, including pallid bat, Western rattlesnake and American badger. NCC acquired the Sage and Sparrow 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 install 12 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.

Why you will love it

On the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, you'll be treated to a panoramic view that stretches into Washington State. 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 : Michelle.Dano@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

To register after 4pm on Sept 9th, please email Michelle.Dano@natureconservancy.ca

Volunteers are to meet NCC and Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC staff at the property (driving directions will be provided). A 4WD vehicle is recommended but not essential. 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

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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:

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