Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard (3)
May 12th, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Alien invasive species are currently threatening the happiness of the plants and animals that live in Happy Valley Forest and NCC needs your help with their eviction. Come join the party and help NCC staff pull invasive garlic mustard before it has a chance to go to seed and spread this summer. Let’s work together to ensure that the forests of Happy Valley continue to support a diversity of native Ontario species!
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The Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining intact upland deciduous forest on Canada’s Oak Ridges Moraine. Located in King Township, just northwest of the Greater Toronto Area, this 1,560-acre (631-hectare) area supports more than 110 breeding bird species, and is an outstanding example of the mature sugar maple and beech upland forests that are characteristic of the Moraine. The area also holds special cultural significance, given its association with the Toronto Carrying-place, a historic portage and travel route.What you will be doing
Come be a part of NCC's efforts to oust the enemy garlic mustard from the beautiful deciduous forests of the Happy Valley Forest area. You will spend the morning pulling garlic mustard, enjoy a lunch break with your fellow warriors, pull a little more after lunch, and then be treated to a beautiful spring hike by an NCC leader.Why you will love it
Both during the work and during the guided hike, you will be treated to a dazzling display of spring wildlife. This includes everything from carpets of white trillium and other unique spring forest vegetation, to a huge number of bright orange newts, known as red efts. You'll walk away knowing that your efforts to remove garlic mustard will have direct positive impacts on species such as these.Questions?
Contact Claire Elliott: claire.elliott@natureconservancy,ca
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. *New in 2017* Attend two NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017, and at your second event, you will receive an awesome NCC buff. It’s great for protection from the sun, bugs, cold, rain, and dare we say it’s also great for looking fabulous in the field! Attend four NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017 and at your fourth event you will receive an awesome NCC t-shirt.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Close-toed footwear
- Long pants
- Long shirt
- Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- Sun hat
- 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle