Marianne Girling Nature Reserve Bioblitz and Ribbon Cutting – Event Cancelled

Event Details

May 23rd, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Marianne Girling Nature Reserve, Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

In light of the current situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and in an abundance of caution, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is postponing all Conservation Volunteers events until at least April 30.

We hope to reschedule this event for 2021. Thanks for your interest!

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) at the newly protected Marianne Girling Nature Reserve for a Ribbon-Cutting and BioBlitz event!  This event will include a short celebration to thank the property donors, a free lunch, and a full day of species inventories using iNaturalist.  Participants will be free to roam the property and will be encouraged to work in genre groups (birds, herptiles, plants, etc).

You are welcome to join for as long or as little as you want – the event will run from 8 AM-9 PM. Requests to be on the property outside of these hours can be discussed.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Marianne Girling Nature Reserve

The Marianne Girling Nature Reserve is situated in the headwaters of Cedar Creek and includes portions of the Cedar Creek Provincially Significant Wetland Complex.  The area is home to species at risk such as barn swallow, Eastern foxsnake, monarch, and short-eared owl.  While much of the landscape has been used for generations of farming, the Marianne Girling Nature Reserve is an uncommon naturalized gem that contains important wildlife habitat.

What you will be doing

Participants will be free to roam the property to inventory species and upload observations to iNaturalist. Working in groups searching for different species groups will be encouraged, but not required. Participants will be asked to use a cellphone and the iNaturalist App to document species observations.

Why you will love it

This is the newest Nature Reserve in Essex County, the most biodiverse ecoregion in Canada. The property is located in the Cedar Creek headwaters, and has a small healthy hickory forest and intact, wide hedgerows that appear to be original forest surrounding several agricultural fields, and provincially significant wetlands. The centre of the property was previously restored in the 1990s where many plant species were reintroduced, or have made their way onto the property from nearby Marshfield Woods. There are three Provincially Significant Wetlands and two restored open water wetlands. The property has a network of trails which makes moving around very enjoyable. Lunch will be provided and you will have the opportunity to meet with other naturalists, NCC staff and donors who made this project possible.


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Please Note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. A boxed lunch will be provided as part of the event. If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate them in the comments box when registering.

Moderate fitness level required
Out house/ bearbox
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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Smart phone with iNaturalist app downloaded
  • Portable phone charger
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle