Save Our Sage Grouse – Take 2
July 21st, 2018, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup
Wherever we can, the Nature Conservancy of Canada works to eliminate all unnecessary fencing from its conservation lands that act as a barrier to wildlife movement, but we need your help improving the visibility of the fences that remain in sensitive habitat.
Join us as we venture out to the NCC Haugan property to install fence visibility clips along a fence line. Studies have shown that these vinyl clips can reduce bird collisions with fences by a whopping 70-80%, so you can feel good about the time you’ll spend volunteering!
This event was rescheduled from August 2017 due to fire risk.
Carpooling will be coordinated from Medicine Hat.
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The grassland natural region of Alberta is home to 75% of Alberta’s species at risk. Many of these endangered species depend on native grasslands for survival; however, almost three quarters of Alberta’s natural grasslands have been lost since settlement of the province.
The NCC Haugan property lies in the heart of the Alberta grasslands in the Pakowki Lake Natural Area. It was purchased from Arden Haugan in 2010 and is separated into five separate blocks of land interspersed among land privately owned by other members of the Haugan family. This 1258 acre property is located within the habitat of endangered plant and animal species including the burrowing owl, the swift fox and most notably, the greater sage grouse.
NCC acquired the Haugan property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.What you will be doing
Fences are part of Alberta's ranching landscape, but not all fences are made equal. Their height, the materials they're made of, and even the visibility of the wire can become problematic to animals passing through the landscape. Volunteers will help us deploy vinyl clips along the fence line. These simple items help to increase the visibility of the fence to local wildlife, especially sage grouse.Why you will love it
Experience first hand the beauty of Alberta grasslands on this intimate trip into Alberta's most endangered ecosystem.Questions?
Contact Hannah Schaepsmeyer: Hannah.Schaepsmeyer@natureconservancy.ca
The work site is in a very remote location and will require a fair amount of walking through the grassland.
All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and extra water. We ask, however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day. Additional information will be sent to you prior to the event. Event will proceed rain or shine.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Sturdy closed toed shoes
- Light layers of clothing
- Rain gear (just in case)
- Minimum 2L of water
- Camera (recommended)
- Any necessary medications