Weeding the Wetlands

Event Details

September 14th, 2016, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Baydock Property (Rossburn), Manitoba
Habitat Restoration

Join us for a picnic supper, and spend an evening removing Common Tansy and Common Burdock from the banks of a marsh in the Riding Mountain Natural Area. Since these pesky weeds are growing so close to the wetlands they can’t be controlled by chemical or mechanical means, so elbow grease it is!

Both these species can form dense stands which out compete other plants. They are both problematic in pastures as they can impact the productivity of grasslands and be harmful to livestock. Help us make these species a little more uncommon, and if you wish to stay for awhile after the event, enjoy some bird watching with staff on the many marshes and the small lake that make up the property.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/x0esjp and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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About Baydock Property (Rossburn)

This 52 hectare (129 ac.) property is based along the edge of a small lake, south of Riding Mountain National Park and 15 km north-west of Rossburn. Made up of a mosaic of aspen hardwood forest, marshes and grasslands, the area provides habitats for species such as black bear, Baltimore oriole, elk, sora, eastern wood-pewee and the threatened bobolink.

What you will be doing

We will spend a couple hours hand-pulling Common Tansy and removing seed heads from Common Burdock along the edges of the wetlands and beaver dams.

Why you will love it

This is a great chance for some first-hand experience in habitat restoration and the satisfaction of knowing you contributed to the protection of our wonderful ecosystems! Take this opportunity to quiz our staff with any conservation-related questions you may have!

Questions?

Contact Rebekah Neufeld: manitoba@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Supper, beverages, gloves and bug spray will be provided. Be sure to wear layers of warm clothes. Rubber boots, or waterproof footwear are recommended.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal
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
  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber Boots
Miscellaneous
  • Water bottle