Goodbye Garlic Mustard!

Event Details

May 9th, 2019, 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM

Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

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. Garlic mustard is an invasive biennial plant that can quickly out-compete native plants. One way to control this nasty invader it through persistent pulling. Let’s work together to ensure that the forest and meadow habitats of the Patrick W.E. Hodgson property property continue to support a diversity of native Ontario species!

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More Information

About Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property

The Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property is 43 hectares located in the southeast corner of the Minesing Wetlands. Much of the property is and has been historically used as farmland, apart from the 20% that remains natural habitat. Restoration efforts (tree planting, meadow enhancement, etc.) will increase biodiversity to the property and habitat connectivity to the surrounding area, which will benefit a number of important species that inhabit this special place. The Minesing Wetlands complex is one of the largest (9,330 hectares) and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. Since 1974, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of significant habitat in Minesing Wetlands. This rare marsh, swamp, fen and river habitat is home to many nationally listed species at risk, including turtles, reptiles and amphibians and wide-ranging mammals such as moose, fisher, American black bear and Canadian lynx.

 

What you will be doing

We will be controlling garlic mustard, an invasive plant species which has become well-established on the Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property, by pulling out second year plants before they go to seed. There will be a 700 meter walk over uneven terrain to the work site. Work will include kneeling, bending or crouching, and hand pulling plants.

Why you will love it

This property contains a mixture of native forest and meadows and is home to the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly. By preventing the spread of garlic mustard you will be helping protect the native habitats of this property, allowing its native species to flourish!

Questions?

Contact Brittany Hope, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Brittany.hope@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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
  • Closed-toe footwear (rain boots recommended)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
Tools
  • Garden gloves (optional)
  • kneeling pad (optional)
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medications