Take Me to the River

Event Details

June 13th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cervo II property (Bellevue), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Join us for a fun Weedy Wednesday in the Pass! The Cervo II property is located along the Crowsnest River, a tributary of the Oldman River. The day will consist of removing a pesky patch of weeds followed by Rivers 101. As a neat value-add, our in-house river aficionado will give us a run-down on the importance of the Crowsnest River and the species that live in its waters. We’ll be taking a magnified look at the many invertebrates that call the river home.

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More Information

About Cervo II property (Bellevue)

This 40 hectare (98 ac.) property surrounds the Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site and lies along the winding Crowsnest River. Its various, rugged terrain supports a diversity of vegetation communities, including Douglas fir and limber pine forests, grasslands and shrub lands, and supports many rare plant species as well, such as the linear-leaved scorpionweed. As an important wildlife corridor, the region is frequented by grizzly bears, cougar, elk and black bears, allowing for the species’ natural progression through the Rockies.

What you will be doing

Volunteers and NCC staff will band together to collapse the dalmatian toadflax population infesting the Cervo II property. These bright yellow flowered plants closely resemble snapdragons. However, they are a persistent, aggressive invader and capable of forming colonies through their creeping root system. These colonies can push out native grasses and other perennials, thereby altering the species composition of natural communities.

Why you will love it

Participants will get to tag along with Jessica, our in-house river aficionado. In the afternoon, we will head across the highway to the other side of the Cervo II property where we can venture to the Crowsnest River. Here you can find a fishing hot spot and a whole slew of neat invertebrates. Jessica will be on hand to talk about the river, as well as perform some dips to survey for invertebrates!


Contact Hannah Schaepsmeyer: Hannah.Schaepsmeyer@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Please bring a lunch with you. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications