The Best Defence is an Eco-fence

Event Details

September 14th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bruce Peninsula National Park - Dorcas Bay Road (Tobermory), Ontario
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Q: Why didn’t the turtle get hit on the road?

A: Because volunteers installed eco-fencing!

Join staff from Bruce Peninsula National Park (BPNP) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to install eco-fencing along key sections of the roadside and protect species-at-risk like snapping turtles and the Massasauga rattlesnake from crossing in high traffic areas.

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More Information

About Bruce Peninsula National Park – Dorcas Bay Road (Tobermory)

The Saugeen Bruce Peninsula has long been recognized as a special place. World renowned for its diversity of orchids and ferns, this area is one of the Great Lakes’ biodiversity “hotspots”, and is one of the most intact natural landscapes in Ontario south of the Canadian Shield. The area is composed of forest, wetland, shoreline and globally rare alvar (thin soil over limestone bedrock) habitats, and is home to many species at risk, including the globally rare lakeside daisy and the Massasauga rattlesnake.

What you will be doing

Participants will help install 80 metres of eco-fencing along Dorcas Bay road. Work will include clearing roadside vegetation using loppers, digging trenches, installing fencing using power drills and hammers, and backfilling trenches. This will involve bending, hauling, digging and hammering movements, as well as a 200 metre hike to the work site from the parking location.

Why you will love it

Your hard work will protect wildlife like snakes, turtles and frogs (known as herptiles) in an area that has a particularly high rate of road mortality (deaths caused by vehicle collision). Beyond the satisfaction of saving snake lives, you will enjoy spending the day learning all about herptiles and local conservation efforts from BPNP and NCC biologists. It will be hard and rewarding work, so you can also skip the gym that day!


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Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Strenuous work will be 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:

  • Closed-toed footwear (rubber boots recommended)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Work gloves
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications