The Birds and the Bees 2017
October 12th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Gambling Lake (Lindbrook), Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring
It’s time for our annual nest box check up at Gambling Lake! Join us to help monitor the bird and bee nesting boxes installed on this property. Although, the underground bee nest boxes were assembled and installed by volunteers in 2016, this is the first season we would expect to see any usage.
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Gambling Lake is an ecologically diverse, 63 hectare (150 ac.) property just north of Miquelon Lake provincial park that features mixed boreal forests, shrublands, grasslands, lake shores and wetlands. The area’s extensive wetlands provide habitat for a diversity of waterfowl, including blue-winged teal, American wigeon, northern pintail, lesser scaup and bufflehead. Even trumpeter swans, considered endangered in Alberta until July 2014, have been spotted on the property!
NCC acquired the Gambling Lake property 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
Together, we will spread into teams to monitor and clean the underground bee boxes located near the pollinator friendly plants, the song bird nest boxes that line the road, and the duck boxes near the lake. It is important that these artificial nesting sites are cleaned out each year to clear space for new individuals and prevent the spread of disease. We will also be working to install ready made tree cages on the newly planted shrubs to protect them from winter browsing of local ungulates.Why you will love it
Volunteers will enjoy this event because they have the chance to check on the species that have been frequenting this property throughout the spring and summer months. Who knows what we'll find!Questions?
Contact Travis Muir: Travis.Muir@natureconservancy.ca
All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks, and drinks. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Warm layers of clothing
- Rain jacket (just in case)
- Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots
- Water bottle
- Camera (recommended)
- Any necessary medications