The Final Stretch

Event Details

August 20th, 2016, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Burnett property (Berrymoor), Alberta
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Join us for a hands-on day in the mixed wood boreal forest and help us remove the final stretch of an old fence along the western boundary of the property. In 2015, volunteers removed 400 metres of this fence, but another 400 metres still remain so we’re back this year to finish the job!

We’ll also install some nest boxes for birds and monitor our weevil release sites. Weevils, a type of small beetle, are used for the biological control of the invasive creeping thistle on the property. It’s a mixed bag of stewardship work, but we could really use your help checking these things off our list!

At lunch we’ll be joined by special guest Emily Herdman, wildlife biologist with Alberta Environment and Parks. Brush up on your wildlife ID, as she profiles some of the lesser known animals of the mixed-wood boreal forest!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/adcx9j to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

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About Burnett property (Berrymoor)

Acquired in 2001, the Burnett property is part of a network of conservation lands surrounding Coyote Lake. Since 1994, over 809 hectares (2,000 ac.) of land have been conserved in the area, forming a wildlife corridor between Coyote Lake and the Upper North Saskatchewan River Valley, roughly 40 km northeast of Drayton Valley.

Amongst the undulating terrain of this 256 hectare (635 ac.) property lay scenic stands of spruce, birch, tamarack and poplar, supporting a diversity of wildlife, including cedar waxwing, elk and American beaver. Songbirds and waterfowl also frequent the area, and can often be spotted along the seasonal wetlands that dot the property.

 

What you will be doing

We'll remove the remaining quarter mile of an old unneeded fence running along the west boundary of the property to clear the way for wildlife. Volunteers removed the majority of this fence back in 2015, so this small amount is all that remains. We'll also tackle some quick repairs on the south boundary fence. In addition to this fence work, we'll also take time to install some nest boxes for birds, and monitor our weevil release sites on the property. These weevils, a type of small beetle, are used for the biological control of invasive creeping thistle.

Why you will love it

At lunch we'll be joined by special guest Emily Herdman, wildlife biologist with Alberta Environment and Parks. Brush up on your wildlife ID, as she profiles some of the lesser known animals of the mixed-wood boreal forest. We all love our charismatic mega-fauna, but let's not forget about the little guys!

Questions?

Contact Kailey Setter: alberta@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

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

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:

Clothes
  • Light layers of clothing
  • Long sleeves & pants recommended (to protect against cuts)
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes or hiking boots
Miscellaneous
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera
  • Any necessary medications