Flying Balls of Mud (and Livestaking)

Event Details

October 20th, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Creemore Nature Preserve (Creemore), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has restored a stream channel on the Creemore Nature Preserve, and we need your help to stabilize it’s banks! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority for a day of planting dogwood and willow live-stakes along the banks of a new section of stream connected to the Noisy River in Creemore.

How’s your pitching arm? Adjacent to the Noisy River is a wetland in need of vegetation. What’s the best way to get seed into a wetland? By throwing mud balls, of course! Our second task will be to make and throw seed-laden mud balls into the wetland. Together, we will fight erosion and help protect the Noisy River and re-vegetate a wetland.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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About Creemore Nature Preserve (Creemore)

This 82 hectare (205 ac.) property is made up of a mosaic of landscapes, including rolling deciduous forests, wetlands and a cold water stream (a tributary of the Noisy River).  Acting as a natural corridor for wildlife movement within the Niagara escarpment, the area provides habitat for species such as the eastern wood-pewee, American river otter, rainbow trout and the endangered monarch butterfly. Located just east of Creemore, on the outskirts of Websterville, the preserve also offers a recreational trail system for the community to enjoy.

What you will be doing

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority as we plant willow and dogwood cuttings (“livestakes”) for stream bank stabilization. Participants will also be helping seed the new wetland habitat created by the pond restoration by throwing balls of mud full of native wetland seed mix onto the area.

Why you will love it

By preventing erosion through livestake planting the Noisy River watershed will remain a healthy place for fish, like trout, to live. In addition, mallets provide a great arm workout and we’ll guarantee a day of laughing and camaraderie as we work together to stake, stake, stake! By seeding the newly created wetland habitat with native seeds it will discourage the establishment of non-native species, such as Phragmites. Warm up your pitching arm, and be prepared to get a little muddy as we launch flying balls of mud through the air!


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Please Note

No previous experience is required. This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions. Please be prepared for cooler fall weather, and manual labour involving bending and lifting. 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!

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Change of Dry Clothes is recommended.
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch