Saving the Sage Grouse

Event Details

September 14th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wideview Complex (Val Marie), Saskatchewan
Habitat Restoration

Two years ago, our staff confirmed the presence of Greater Sage-grouse on one of our newest properties in the heart of Saskatchewan’s grasslands, Wideview! In partnership with Grasslands National Park, join us in our quest to make fencing on this property more wildlife-friendly and visible to species at risk like sage-grouse, by installing visibility markers on the fence lines. Wherever we can, NCC 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. 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!

If you’re interested in carpooling to the property with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. Happy travels!

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About Wideview Complex (Val Marie)

Altogether, the Wideview properties encompass 1,917 acres (775 ha.) of mixed grasslands in the Milk River Basin. The area has been nationally recognized as an Ecologically Significant Region (ESR) and a Grasslands Priority Conservation Area (GPCA), hosting sensitive species like swift fox, black-tailed prairie dogs and the endangered greater sage-grouse. NCC will continue to work closely with Grasslands National Park to secure a buffer zone and protected corridor surrounding the area.

NCC acquired Wideview 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

Volunteers will deploy vinyl clips along the fence lines at Wideview and nearby Grasslands National Park to help increase visibility of the wire.

Why you will love it

Experience first-hand the beauty of Saskatchewan grasslands on this intimate trip into the world’s most endangered ecosystem! You'll have the opportunity to meet Grasslands National Park staff, learn more about the Greater Sage-grouse and why they are critically endangered, and how Grasslands National Park and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are working to conserve grassland habitat across the Canadian Prairies.

Questions?

Contact Kayla Burak: kayla.burak@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Please note that volunteers may be hiking up and down steep hills to install the vinyl clips, a moderate fitness level is required. After marking is complete, we will drive to the nearby Grasslands National Park for a BBQ to celebrate our work before we drive home.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
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:

Clothes
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Hat
  • Layers of clothing
Tools
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
Miscellaneous
  • Any necessary medications
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray