The (Buck)thorn in our Side

Event Details

October 1st, 2016, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Rachel Agnes Hayes (White Sands), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Join us for a trip to Rachel Agnes Hayes conservation lands in the beautiful Buffalo Lake Moraine, and help us take care of a thorn in our side – invasive European buckthorn! European Buckthorn is extremely good at out-competing native trees and shrubs. Its leaves stay green longer into the fall than those of native plants, so it has a longer growing season. However, this identifying feature is what allows us to tell it apart from other, similar looking native shrubs.

Bring along your family and friends and join us on a scavenger hunt to seek out and remove these invasive shrubs and seedlings and prevent them from overtaking the native plant communities on this beautiful lakefront property. During the day, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views from Boss Hill, a landmark rich in both natural and human history! We will be getting into the Thanksgiving spirit by treating volunteers to pumpkin pie cupcakes and a brief history lesson of the area!

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About Rachel Agnes Hayes (White Sands)

Rachel Agnes Hayes is part of a network of conservation properties based in the Buffalo Lake Moraine. Made up of 1,146 acres (463 ha.) of forests, grasslands and wetlands, the area hosts important habitat for waterfowl such as the yellow rail and great blue heron. In October 2000, Alberta Culture and Community Spirit officially designated the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement at Boss Hill as a provincial historic resource.

NCC acquired the Rachel Agnes Hayes Conservation Lands 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

With instruction from NCC staff, volunteers will work to hand-pull any new European buckthorn seedlings that have emerged this year, and cut down existing stand of established buckthorn shrubs using lopper and hand saws.

Why you will love it

Get into the Thanksgiving spirit and enjoy some pumpkin pie - on us!As part of the day, you'll also have the opportunity to learn more about the Nature Conservancy of Canada and conservation projects in central Alberta, and enjoy the stunning view from Boss Hill - a local landmark rich in both natural and human history.


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. We ask, however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day. 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

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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:

  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Hat
  • Long sleeved shirt & long pants recommended
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medications
  • Camera & Binoculars (optional)