Intro-duck-tion to Kelly Ranches

Event Details

October 19th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Kelly Ranches, Alberta
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Duck…duck…soup! Join us for an exclusive tour of the Kelly Ranches property, followed by a hot soup lunch at the Underwood property. Participants will get an insider look at some of the stewardship techniques used to protect the ecological sensitivity of this property, as well as help to install nesting habitat for waterfowl.

We’d be honoured if you would like to waddle on over to spend the day with us in the Pine Lake Moraine!

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About Kelly Ranches

Purchased in 2009, the Kelly Ranches property lies within the Pine Lake Moraine, a regional environmentally significant area (ESA) known for its discontinuous aspen parkland, diversity of breeding birds, waterfowl habitat, and rare plants.

This property was a high priority to conserve, due to it’s size and proximity to Pine Lake. Approximately 5% of the Central Parkland remains in native vegetation and less than 1% is protected.

Found in knob and kettle typography, Kelly Ranches has been shaped by the glaciers that moved through this area creating its ephemeral ponds and wetlands. These wetlands support a diversity of waterfowl and wildlife, like Mule deer, White-tailed deer, and Moose who all use this property as a movement corridor. Evidence of American Badgers is also present on the property.

NCC acquired the Kelly Ranches 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

Participants will first be treated to a show n' tell of the brand new off-site-watering system installed on this property. This contraption allows for protection of the sensitive riparian area, while providing the grazing cattle with clean drinking water. A representative will be on hand to explain how this works. After this, participants will walk the trails of the property, stopping to inspect a stem-gall fly release location, a form of bio-control used. We will also be installing duck boxes in strategic location, to increase nesting habitat for waterfowl.

Why you will love it

Not only will this be a fascinating morning, observing the various conservation techniques used to protect the ecological target on the property but NCC will also treat participants to a hot lunch at the neighbouring picturesque Underwood property! Who can say no to that?


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with a hot lunch. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

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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:

  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Minimum 1L of water
  • Lunch
  • Backpack
  • Camera (recommended)
  • Any necessary medications