SaskEnergy Explores Fairy Hill!

Event Details

August 30th, 2018, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fairy Hill (Regina), Saskatchewan
Habitat Restoration

Join the SaskEnergy Gen E group in an effort to help knock down common burdock, an aggressive invasive species that out-competes native plant species and poses a threat to wildlife!

Burs from common burdock can become entangled in the wings of birds and bats, and inhibit their movement. By joining forces, we’ll take care of the burdock and also harness the power of technology to track some of the biodiverity on site. Using your mobile device and the iNaturalist app, we’ll do some bird watching and track our observations along the way!

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About Fairy Hill (Regina)

Only 40 km north of Regina, this multi-property complex is made up of 1,642 acres (665 ha.) of native grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands that serve as important habitats for a diversity of wildlife. Species that have been recorded on the property include the at-risk yellow rail and bobolink, alongside the American beaver and bigmouth buffalo fish (which can live to be up to 110 years old).

These landscapes will remain protected for the future through our purchase of the property from its conservation-minded landowner, Dorothy Schuurmans, and a generous donation from Lloyd and Janet Sauer.

What you will be doing

Common Burdock, designated as a noxious weed in Saskatchewan, produces large burs. These large burs were the original inspiration for the invention of Velcro, which provides insight into how ‘sticky’ they can be! Burs easily entangle in the hair of livestock, the fur of wildlife as well as in the wings of small birds and bats, sometimes having fatal consequences. We will be removing this weed and then doing a mini bioblitz with one of our bird experts!

Why you will love it

Spend a few hours on a beautiful property that is located close to Regina and help contribute to the conservation of Fairy Hill while learning about local plants and wildlife!

Questions?

Contact Kayla Burak: kayla.burak@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

SaskEnergy employees will be providing their own transportation and meeting NCC staff on site. When you register, you will be emailed a participant package with driving directions and meeting location.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
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:

Clothes
  • Dress in layers
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes
  • Hat
Miscellaneous
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (NCC will bring extra pairs)
  • Any necessary medication