So long, shrubs! – Part 1
September 13th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Carden Alvar - Cameron Ranch Property, Orillia, Ontario
NCC needs your help to control invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle shrubs from swallowing globally rare habitat in Carden Alvar. By clearing invasive shrubs, you will create and restore habitat for grassland birds like the loggerhead shrike.
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The Carden Alvar is an outstanding example of globally-threatened alvar habitat which is characterized by thin soils over limestone bedrock. The Carden Alvar NA has been identified as a key biodiversity area within the Great Lakes and is identified in both the terrestrial and aquatic Great Lakes Conservation Blueprints. The Carden Alvar’s grasslands, shrublands, forests and wetlands are home to 450 plant species, 142 butterfly and dragonfly species, 5 turtle species, 7 snake species, 15 amphibian species and a remarkable 238 bird species.What you will be doing
We will hike 2 km through scenic alvar to and from the worksite with equipment and all personal items. Using hand saws and loppers we will remove invasive shrubs (buckthorn and Tatarian honeysuckle) from the site and pile them in designated areas. By removing shrubs, we will help to maintain the open conditions that many alvar and grassland specialist species require.Why you will love it
Spend the day on the alvar surrounded by birdsong and the hum of grassland insects! By removing shrubs from alvar habitat, we will be mimicking natural processes such as fire to improve the habitat for grassland birds such as loggerhead shrike.Questions?
Contact Brittany Hope: Brittany.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This event is generously sponsored by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Close-toed footwear
- long pants
- long shirt
- layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- sun hat
- Work gloves
- Loppers (if you have them)
- 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle