Plugs for the Prairies: Hazel Bird Part 3

Event Details

August 22nd, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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

Help restore native prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the area was dominated by massive black and white oak, thriving switchgrass and big bluestem, and a diverse range of wildflowers. Today, these natural environments are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Give this globally rare habitat an edge on its competition by planting native vegetation on our Hazel Bird Nature Reserve.

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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

We will be planting native tall grass prairie species to help restore and extend their 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.
We will also use loppers and hand saws to remove invasive Scotch pine.

Why you will love it

In addition to restoring some of Ontario’s natural spaces, you can participate in a tour of the property to experience all that this unique landscape has to offer.


Contact Val Deziel, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

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.

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:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Light layers
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves (optional)
  • Trowels (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any necessary medications