Fort Ellice Nocturnal Owl Survey

Event Details

April 6th, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fort Ellice (St. Lazare), Manitoba
Inventories and Monitoring

Join NCC and students from Park West School Division’s Nature Studies class for an evening of birding by moonlight.  Volunteers can participate on either a driving or hiking/snowshoeing route. There are no maintained trails and deep snow may be present, headlamps will be provided!  The data collected will be used to inform conservation planning and incorporated into the Manitoba Nocturnal Owl Survey project.

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About Fort Ellice (St. Lazare)

This sprawling 4,766 acre (1,929 ha.) property is located at the confluence of Beaver Creek and the Assiniboine River just east of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. The area’s diverse range of habitats include aspen forests, native grasslands, wetlands, and freshwater springs, supporting species such as the smooth green snake, yellow pike, north American river otter, northern gray wolf and the provincially endangered chestnut-collared longspur.

NCC acquired Fort Ellice 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

Kicking off half an hour after sunset, teams of surveyors will follow pre-determined routes throughout the area, stopping at regular intervals to identify and record bird calls.

Why you will love it

This is a great opportunity to join NCC staff and students from the Park West School Division in exploring Fort Ellice and collecting owl data for conservation planning.


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Please Note

In the event of high winds or stormy weather the event will be postponed, NCC staff will notify you if the date will change.

Moderate fitness level required
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
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:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Winter footwear
  • Snowshoes (if you have them)
  • Water Bottle