Plugs for the Prairies: Hazel Bird 1

Event Details

May 31st, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (Gores Landing), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Help restore rare prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the Rice Lake Plains were covered with tallgrass prairies and oak savannah, which were dominated by massive black and white oak, and grasses like big bluestem and switchgrass thrived and a diverse range of wildflowers blossomed. Today, the oak savanna and tallgrass prairie of the Rice Lake Plains are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Help give this globally rare habitat a comeback by helping NCC plant native prairie species plugs on our Hazel Bird Nature Reserve.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (Gores Landing)

This 118 hectare (292 ac.) nature reserve is found within the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area, just 10 km southeast of Gores Landing. Made up of tall grass prairie, sand barren oak woodlands and black oak savannah, this diverse landscape provides invaluable habitat for species such as the spring peeper, Big brown myotis, eastern hog-nosed snake and the endangered monarch butterfly and red-headed woodpecker.

What you will be doing

At this event we will be planting native tallgrass prairie species to help restore and expand the tallgrass prairie cover in the Rice Lake Plains. We will walk approximately 1.5 km over variable terrain to reach the planting site. Planting will involve bending and using trowels to dig holes for the seedlings.

Why you will love it

In addition to contributing to the restoration of Ontario’s rare tallgrass prairie habitat, you can participate in a tour of the property to experience all that the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area has to offer.


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Please Note

Be prepared to hike 1.5 km over various terrain. This event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
Out house/ bearbox
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
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
  • Raingear
  • Work gloves
  • Trowel
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch