Lop ‘n Walk Birding

Event Details

August 9th, 2016, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Somenos Marsh, British Columbia
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Join NCC as we continue our partnership with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. Thousands of people use the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom boardwalk every year, and this event will help with the maintenance of this prime spot for nature walks and bird watching.

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About Somenos Marsh

A designated Important Bird Area, resident waterfowl as well as migrating birds use this marsh for overwintering and food. The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, which stewards the Somenos Marsh Conservation Area, has long been an important partner for NCC. A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk called the Open Air Classroom runs along the marsh, providing spectacular views of habitat and wildlife.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will cut through overgrown vegetation and uncover interpretive signage. This will facilitate the accessibility and ease of the boardwalk.

Why you will love it

The Open Air Classroom boardwalk highlights the views and values of this ecological wet spot, a place for learning, rest, exercise and wildlife watching. Flat gravel trails lead to the elevated, wheelchair accessible boardwalk structure, which is equipped with secure handrails. You may even catch a glimpse of a swamp sparrow.


Contact Todd Carnahan: 250-893-6099

Please Note

The Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom (OAC) can be accessed by car by turning into the parking lot a short distance north from the Beverly Street and Trans Canada Highway Intersection. Look for the long brown fence and kiosk, and give plenty of notice that you are turning in. There is a donation box near the entrance for donations towards ongoing maintenance.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Sponsored by Nexen

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:

  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Gardening gloves, if you have them
  • Loppers, if you have them
  • Binoculars if desired for birdwatching
  • Water
  • Snacks or lunch