Frozen Ground at Brown

Event Details

February 23rd, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Brown Property (Tofield), Alberta
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Think February is too early for fence removal? Think again! The Brown property, located in the Cooking Lake Moraine has a section of fence running through a wetland that we would love to remove. Only one catch, the best time to remove it is while it’s still frozen! As long as Mother Nature doesn’t throw us any surprises, this should be prime time to get in there and get the job done. Removing this section of fence will ensure that the wetland will be free of hazards to waterfowl come spring. We’d love for you to join us on this intimate stewardship project!

Bonus: Our leaseholder on the property, Duane, has invited the group back to his place for a warm coffee or hot chocolate at the end of the day!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/dofyi6 to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

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About Brown Property (Tofield)

Located just 10 km southwest of Tofield, the Brown property holds 130 hectares (320 ac.) of active wetland and aspen parkland habitat. Recognized under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) as an important staging and breeding site for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, the area hosts species such as the horned grebe, sora and bobolink. In 2011, NCC partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada to restore wetlands in areas formerly modified for agriculture.

NCC acquired the Brown property 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

Working as a small team, we will embark on the frozen wetland to remove a section of fence. Removing this section of fence will ensure that the wetland will be free of hazards to waterfowl come spring. For those of you who wish to tag along, we will be stopping at the nearby Gambling Lake property at the end of the day to fill the duck boxes with wood chips in preparation for spring nesting

Why you will love it

As a special bonus, our leaseholder on the property, Duane, has invited the group back to his place for a warm coffee or hot chocolate at the end of the day!

Questions?

Contact Zoë Arnold: alberta@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Please bring a lunch with you. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. The event is dependent on weather. If the event cannot run for any reason, NCC staff will inform you in advance.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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:

Clothes
  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Toque
  • Gloves
  • Extra socks
  • Sturdy closed-toed hiking boots
Miscellaneous
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medications