Tracking Down Winter Wildlife at Fairy Hill!

Event Details

February 16th, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fairy Hill (Regina), Saskatchewan
Inventories and Monitoring

Tap into your inner sleuth and join us as we become detectives and learn snow tracking skills to survey for winter wildlife at Fairy Hill! Joining us will be Diana Ghikas with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Philip Brass from Peepeekisis First Nation to teach us their tracking skills! Volunteers will learn how to identify winter wildlife tracks by using information such as print size and shape, gait, straddle, stride and habitat. With a little patience and some practice, we will interpret the clues that wildlife leave for us, and catch a glimpse into their winter life at Fairy Hill!

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About Fairy Hill (Regina)

Fairy Hill consists of native grasslands, woodlands, river and flood plains that continue to be home to aquatic and terrestrial species and serve as a haven for visitors wishing to enjoy this area. These 1,642 acres (665 hectares) of valleys, hillside and bottomland are protected for the long term through our purchase of the property from its conservation-minded landowner, Dorothy Schuurmans, and a generous donation from Lloyd and Janet Sauer. Rare species found at Fairy Hill include loggerhead shrike, northern leopard frog, bigmouth buffalo fish and Sprague’s pipit. This area is also well used as a staging area for ducks and geese and serves as a stopover for many and varied shorebird species.

What you will be doing

We will be learning different ways to identify wildlife tracks in the snow by exploring Fairy Hill which is home to a diversity of habitats and wildlife including Moose, Coyotes, Elk, Red Fox, American Black Bear, grouse, deer, and numerous small mammals.

Why you will love it

What better reason to get outside in the winter, explore Fairy Hill, and learn about tracking from both a scientific and indigenous perspective! This information will also be important for our Fairy Hill management plan. With your new skills, you can identify wildlife tracks in your own backyard or at a local park!

Questions?

Contact Kayla Burak: kayla.burak@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note
Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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:

Clothes
  • Warm Layers of Clothing
  • Toque
  • Gloves
  • Winter Boots
  • Snow Pants
Tools
  • Camera (optional)
  • Snow shoes (optional)
Miscellaneous
  • Reusable water bottle