Plugs for the Prairies: Hazel Bird Part 1
May 23rd, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, Baltimore, Ontario
Help restore rare prairie habitat in the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the Rice Lake Plains were covered with tall grass prairies and oak savannah, which were dominated by massive black and white oak, grasses like big bluestem and switchgrass thrived and a diverse range of wildflowers blossomed. Today, the oak savannah and tall grass prairie of the Rice Lake Plains are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Help give this globally rare habitat a comeback by planting native prairie species plugs on our Hazel Bird Nature Reserve.
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NCC’s Hazel Bird Nature Reserve is found within the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area, which is located in Central Ontario on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Rice Lake Plains Natural Area contains some of the largest tracts of kame moraine forest, tallgrass prairie and savannah ecosystems in Ontario, including globally significant black oak savannah. The prairie and savannah ecosystems are of particular conservation concern as most of their representation in Ontario and North America has been lost. The Hazel Bird Nature Reserve also provides significant habitat for species at risk including grassland birds and the Monarch butterfly.What you will be doing
You will be planting native tall grass prairie species to help restore and expand the tall grass 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 tall grass prairie habitat, you will get to tour the property and experience all that the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area has to offer.Questions?
Contact Val Deziel, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Val.firstname.lastname@example.org
Be prepared to hike 1.5 km over variable 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.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Closed-toe footwear
- Long pants
- Long shirt
- Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- Sun hat
- Rain gear
- Work gloves and trowels, if you have them
- 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
- Any necessary medication