SER Plugs for the Prairies: Hazel Bird

Event Details

September 14th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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

Help restore rare prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the Rice Lake Plains were covered with tall grass prairies and oak savannah. Today, the oak savannah and tall grass prairies in this area are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. You can give this globally rare habitat a comeback by helping us plant native prairie species plugs, remove invasive species and collect native seeds for future restoration projects on our Hazel Bird Nature Reserve.

If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers please click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

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

At this event we will be planting native tall grass prairie species, removing invasive woody species, and collecting native seed 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 sites. Planting will involve bending and using trowels to dig holes for the seedlings. We will use loppers and hand saws to remove invasive species.

Why you will love it

In addition to contributing to the restoration of Ontario’s rare tall grass prairie habitat, you can participate in a tour of the property to experience all that the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area 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
  • Layers of clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves and trowels, if you have them
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication
  • Sunscreen