Hole in the Wall Bioblitz and Fence Pull
June 22nd, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hole in the Wall (Big Muddy), Saskatchewan
Inventories and Monitoring
Be a citizen scientist for a day! NCC needs your help identifying species on one of our newest properties located in southern Saskatchewan, Hole in the Wall. Identifying species helps us create a baseline inventory so that we can create a property management plan. We will learn how to use iNaturalist, a smartphone application, to identify species and enter data. Don’t worry – you don’t need a smartphone to participate and paper data forms will also be available!
Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling to the property with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. 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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Located north of the Big Muddy Valley, Hole in the Wall is rich in grasslands, plants, animals and history. Hole in the Wall is a priority conservation site, as the vast majority of the property’s 2,240 acres forms part of the largest area of intact grasslands in Saskatchewan. The valley itself forms a contiguous corridor of native habitat that connects through the Wood Mountain Plateau, all the way to the west block of Grasslands National Park, a swath of grasslands over 300 km wide. Species found in the area include burrowing owl, American badger, ferruginous hawk, northern leopard frog, Sprague’s pipit and the provincially listed rare white milkwort plant. The Big Muddy Valley is rated as Heritage Sensitive and you can find historical artifacts such as tipi rings and burial rock cairns.What you will be doing
We will be using iNaturalist to identify species to create a baseline inventory for Hole in the Wall's property management plan. This is a great opportunity to directly contribute to the conservation of this beautiful and unique property! We will also be removing an unsafe portion of fence that is a potential barrier for wildlife to move between areas.Why you will love it
Baseline inventories help us create property management plans enabling us to use the best possible methods to conserve the property. You will be a citizen scientist for the day, while learning about a stunning ecological area and making the area safer for wildlife!Questions?
Contact Kayla Burak: email@example.com
No experience required, hope to see you there! This is an opportunity to learn or test your knowledge. If you don't have a smartphone, don't worry we will have paper data sheets too.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Dress in layers
- Closed-toe footwear
- Smartphone (optional)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- Your own work gloves (optional)
- Any necessary medication
- Bug spray
- Reusable water bottle